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Shelby Stanga Net Worth | Wife & Is Shelby the Swamp Man still alive?

Shelby Stanga Net Worth – $1 million

What is Shelby Stanga’s net worth? Who is Shelby Stanga’s wife? Is Shelby the Swamp Man still alive?


Shelby Stanga is an American lumberjack and bushman.

He is most renowned for his appearances on the reality TV shows Ax-Man and The Legend of Shelby the Swamp-Man.

The Origin Story

Stanga was born on January 1st, 1960, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He was raised by his mother, and did not enjoy a close relationship with his father.

As a child, his mother found out that Ku Klux Klan rallies were being held near his school, and so she decided that it would be in his best interests to no longer attend that school.

Instead, his mother instructed him to explore the area with his friends.

Stanga soon began venturing out into the swamps around New Orleans; when his mother found out about this, she asked him to bring lumber back.

Stanga obliged, and taught himself the art of logging.

”I grew up in the swamp having fun, fishing, and hogging,” Stanga tweeted in February 2014. He added: ”I went to school but didn’t really like it.”

By the age of 16, Stanga had his own boat and had begun to work professionally as a logger.

His first paid job was to pull down a cypress tree, which he easily did.

TV Career


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Stanga appeared as a guide in a single episode of the reality TV series Man Vs. Wild in 2008.

Ax Men

It would not be until 2009, however, that he really made his mark in the TV series Ax-Man.

Stanga appeared in the show for over 7 years, clocking up an astonishing 51 appearances on the show.

The show followed the adventures of four logging crews working in the Pacific Northwest, where they had to deal with harsh conditions while cutting trees down to sell for lumber.

”I was born in the swamp,” Stanga confessed. He went on to say: ”I live and work in the swamp, and I hope to God I don’t die anywhere at any time.”


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The series went into great detail about the men who populated the various crews.

Stanga was the breakout success story from the show.

Because of his thick Cajun accent and no-nonsense attitude, he was a huge hit with the audience, and someone whom the viewers wanted to know more about.

As a result of this runaway popularity, Stanga was eventually offered his own TV show.

The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man


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The spin-off TV show, The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man, was quickly commissioned, with Stanga as its headline star.

He appeared in the show for 10 episodes in 2013, but refused to continue for a second season, stating that he did not receive the money he was promised for appearing in the show.

Some viewers found the TV show rather contrived, with a number criticizing Stanga for not being a ‘real’ Cajun and playing up his rural background in order to appear more authentic.

Whether or not this is true is unknown, as Stanga has never addressed the allegations.

Stanga returned to TV screens with the documentary series Return of Shelby the Swamp Man in 2018.

The documentary dealt with Stanga’s response to the then-record flooding of the swamps and the havoc it wrought upon swamp-dwellers’ homes.

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Shelby Stanga has been married to his wife, Donna Stanga, since before his first appearance on TV screens. She is a Jehovah’s Witness.

Stanga and his wife live near Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, on a modest 2.5-acre property. 

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The couple has two children.

Shelby Stanga – Net Worth

So, how much is Shelby Stanga worth? Stanga earned most of his wealth from recovering abandoned logs and appearing in reality TV series, especially – Ax Men (51 episodes, from 2009 to 2016), The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man, and Return of Shelby the Swamp Man. Therefore, reality TV star Shelby Stanga has an estimated net worth of $1 million.

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Stephen r o t h

Thursday 28th of September 2023

Don't care about your money or what's your worth you're my hero bro you're one bad ass crazy mother chicken I miss you on TV I was born in Slidell in 1965 I know a little bit about Louisiana it's where I learned how to talk