John ‘Trapper’ Tice Net Worth | Biography & Mountain Monsters

What was John ‘Trapper’ Tice’s net worth at the time of his death?


John ‘Trapper’ Tice was the founder and leader of the Appalachian Investigations of Mysterious Sightings team (AIMS).

John was also a member of Mountain Monsters, a TV series that followed a team of hunters searching for unexplained creatures in the Appalachian Mountains.


He was born on May 24, 1947, in St. Marys, WV, as John R. Tice.

His parents were Thelma Beatrice Brammer Tice and C.B. (Dick).

Tice was raised in the mountains of West Virginia. During childhood, John was told local legends by his dad.

He graduated from St. Marys High School.


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From 1967 to 1968, Tice was deployed to Vietnam. John was part of the 3rd Brigade and the 25th Infantry Division. John received the USAF Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, the Army Commendation for Valor, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

”As a combat Vietnam vet, I was fortunate enough to have a homecoming,” John tweeted in 2015. ”To my brothers that didn’t, I salute you.” 

During his time in Vietnam, Tice gained tracking and survivalist skills.

Mountain Monsters

From 2013 to 2017, Trapper appeared on Mountain Monsters, a cryptozoology-themed reality TV series that follows a group of trappers and hunters who want to find unidentified creatures in the Appalachian Mountains.

”If you spend as much time in the woods as I do, and if you see things and you hear things that you don’t understand, that makes you want to investigate,” Trapper told Hollywood Soap Box.

Other cast members include:

  • William “Wild Bill” Neff;
  • Willy McQuillian;
  • Jeff Headlee;
  • Joseph “Huckleberry” Lott – provides security for the team;
  • Jacob “Buck” Lowe – ”The first time I met him, he was a real skeptic,” John said about Lowe. ”He’s coming around. We needed someone to do the heavy lifting and the grunt work for us.”

They had close encounters with giant hogs, Chupacabras, Wolfmen, Bigfoots, and many other creatures.

”Mountain Monsters” is produced by American Chainsaws Inc. for Travel Channel. ”Mountain Monsters” was criticized by Matt Moneymaker (the star of the Animal Planet series ”Finding Bigfoot”) in 2015. ”I actually need to explain this to some people: Mountain Monsters is a scripted fictional show,” Moneymaker tweeted in April. He added: ”Those guys are all actors. It’s all fake.” 

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There is information about John ‘Trapper’ Tice’s romantic life.


Tice passed away on December 16, 2019, after a prolonged illness. He was 72.

In 2015, he suffered a blood clot in his leg (note – an immobile blood clot generally could move and become dangerous) that required an emergency operation. ”It’s 4 in the morning, and Trapper’s headed to the hospital,” Jacob “Buck” Lowe said at the end of one episode of Mountain Monsters. ”We don’t know if he’s gonna make it.”

”The person on the tv screen pales in comparison to the actual legend of man, father, and grandfather he was,” wrote his son John on Facebook. ”The silence of his absence in our lives is deafening. Love you, Dad.”

Matthew Butler, general manager of Travel Channel, stated for Discovery: ”After the tragic loss of Trapper, we recognized the importance of finding a way to celebrate his life with our AIMS-obsessed fans and then continue his mission.”

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”Goatman could be interesting – more paranormal than cryptid from accounts I’ve read. A shapeshifter that may live in the US south?”

”The gang and me will keep getting in trouble – hope they keep pointing cameras at us.”

”The Bigfoot population in the USA is close to 1.5 million strong!”

John ‘Trapper’ Tice – Net Worth

According to reports, Tice earned around $20k per episode of Mountain Monsters. He appeared in eight episodes.

At the time of his death, John ‘Trapper’ Tice had an estimated net worth of $400,000.

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7 thoughts on “John ‘Trapper’ Tice Net Worth | Biography & Mountain Monsters”

  1. My husband and I just watched season 7, episode 1. Trapper is truly missed. My husband was transfixed, as usual, while I was really teared up thinking that it’s not the same without him. Thankfully, Wild Bill can still make me laugh. Couldn’t watch without him. Trapper and Wild Bill have always been my favorites.

  2. My son and I have watched mountain monsters since it first aired trapper was my favorite I remember when he was laid up after the plot in his leg that was sad he missed that being out with the guys and hunting monsters
    I don’t know if you’re going to make new episodes it would not be the same if you did without trapper we love them and we miss them we’re sitting here watching him now rest in peace trapper you are loved by millions

  3. My husband and I (we are in the UK) have just watched mountain monsters, the first without Wild Bill. It was so emotional watching his daughter & granddaughter giving the rest of the gang Bill’s diary along with his letter to them. Must admit plenty of tissues were needed. It was really heart-warming to listen to them chatting and laughing remembering things Bill said etc. We have been watching Mountain Monsters for quite a number of years and will carry on watching it as long as they keep making it.

    RIP Trapper xx

    • It was trapper that passed, they were laughing and joking about the things trapper said and it also wasnt wild bills journal, it was trappers…just shows you arent a true fan🤣

  4. I may be naive but those guys aren’t good enough actors for this NOT to be real. Why wasn’t the 2nd half of “the film” showed in Season 6, last episode of the twisted torch? It left me and probably other fans hanging on a conclusion. If its “fake” why didn’t they just make up another episode to satisfy our curiosity? In my opinion, this was covered up being too truthful and scary for common folk/city folk to handle. It is labeled a “reality” show, NOT fiction. The personal trauma exhibited in their personalities from their more explosive hunts shows me its real. Jeff being crushed in that car wasn’t fake; you think he’d sign up for that??!!! I just had to express this. I admire the entire team for their bravery and diligence ! God Bless the AIMS team. Thank you —


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