• Charlie Wright is an American TV personality, fisherman, trapper and environmentalist
• He is known for his appearance in the reality series “Yukon Men”
• He is a commissioner of Tanana Hunting and Fishing Taskforce
• He has worked with several non-lucrative fishing organizations
• His net worth is estimated at $450,000 as of mid 2020
Charlie Wright is an American TV personality, fisherman, trapper and environmentalist, born September 2 in Rampart, Alaska, USA. He is known for appearing in the reality series “Yukon Men”.
There isn’t much information about Wright’s childhood, early education, or family. However, it is known that Charles – better known as Charlie – grew up in a small town near the Yukon River before moving to Tanana in his twenties.
Operator and handyman
Charlie Wright received Water and Sewer certification from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), making him an expert in water and wastewater treatment, distribution, and collection.
Thanks to this qualification, he was able to work as an operator of a water installation for more than 22 years.
Charlie has lived in Tanana for over two decades and provides for his family by hunting. His extensive knowledge of the traditional activity was passed down to him through his ancestors, and today Charlie helps his small-town neighbors solve problems related to local animal hunting and fur harvesting.
In addition, Charlie is a commissioner of Tanana Hunting and Fishing Taskforce, an organization that protects the hunting and fishing traditions of Alaskan Natives, as explained on its website, “These practices ensure the social, cultural, spiritual, and economic well-being and survival of our people and communities.’
On November 13, 2019, Charlie posted to his official Facebook fan page to which he explained his mission as part of said organization: ‘We fight for the rights of Alaska Natives to traditionally hunt, trap and fish. But most importantly, we try to preserve our way of culture and resource use, without harming the delicate ecosystem. And by rescuing our wild stocks from Alaska state policies that drive overhunting, we aim to preserve the rights of future generations to continue their cultural history.”
Fisheries and advocacy
Salmon fishing has been a tradition in the Yukon River area for thousands of years. Charlie Wright, a skilled fisherman with decades of experience, is an advocate for salmon habitat protection: “I live off salmon all summer and most of the winter.
Our family fished commercially and I did for most of my childhood until the closure in the area. I now live fish and raise a family with it. I want to make sure salmon is available to my community and the future.’
Wright has worked with several non-lucrative fishing organizations. He serves on the board of the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association, whose members are democratically elected to make decisions about salmon fishing and its various practices. In addition, Charlie has assisted the Yukon River Intertribal Fish Commission in their mission to preserve the fishing traditions and customs of the tribes.
Yukon Men – Debut
Charlie is part of the main cast of the reality TV series “Yukon Men”. This reality documentary, which premiered in 2012, focuses on the lives of several trappers and hunters living near the Yukon River in Tanana, Alaska.
On being on the show, Charlie says it’s a good opportunity for viewers who haven’t experienced life in Alaska to get to know the lifestyle of the people: “It was really exciting for me to let people know how we live here in live in the bush, and let people know how hard it is to really live here with the prices we have to pay for fuel, gas and food, and how hard it is to live off the land.’
The series received good reviews from viewers and experts, but was also accused of misusing the term “Yukon,” confusing the show’s cast with the Canadian people of Yukon Territory, “stealing their identities.”
Regarding this issue, Canadian members of the Legislative Assembly filed a complaint with the Discovery Channel, alleging that “Yukon Men” was an unfortunate representation of Yukon’s fishing and hunting traditions, which are “vastly different” from those featured in the show. are being observed.
Network president Paul Lewis considered the allegations, although he insisted clarified his disclaimer: ‘Life in remote Alaska is a deadly struggle. Men hunt and trap to survive. Viewer discretion is advised.’
“Yukon Men” has also been criticized for showing allegedly scripted scenes. While this issue has been denied by the cast, they made it clear that some events in the series are dramatized to motivate viewers to keep watching.
While life on Tanana isn’t as dramatic as “Yukon Men” makes it out to be, Charlie’s fellow cast member is stated Stan Zuray that all the things seen on the screen are real: ‘all the animals are real, all the hunting is real, all the fishing is real. Everything you’ve seen has been done. Sometimes it’s just edited to make it understandable.”
Despite good reception and ratings, “Yukon Men” ceased airing in 2017.
Charlie Wright is married to Cheryl, although the exact time the couple met and married is unknown. It is speculated that they met as young children near the Yukon River.
The couple have four children together – three daughters named Samantha, Taneisha, Geneva and an only son Robert, who appears alongside his father in “Yukon Men” as he learns how to survive in Alaska and its intense weather conditions.
Charlie has an older son named Steven Wright, although information about him and his mother is unknown.
Charlie Wright’s brother-in-law, George Roberts, went missing in 2012. The unfortunate event was featured in the “Yukon Men” episode “On Thin Ice,” which focused on the search of Robert’s family and friends. Unfortunately, on April 28 of that year, George was found dead in the Yukon River.
His death was caused by a snow machine accident while returning from a hunting expedition.
Charlie was responsible for informing his in-laws of Robert’s death and reacted to his passing with sadness: ‘George is gone, it’s like my own brother. We grew up together, we lived together. Everyone is close here. It’s just one family.”
Charlie Wright’s net worth is estimated to be $450,000 as of mid 2020 which is a result of his appearances in “Yukon Men” and his earnings from his work as a fisherman, trapper and aquatic plant operator.
Charlie is a strongly built man of white ethnicity. His eyes and hair are black, though his weight and height are unknown.
— Yukon Men (@YukonMenTV) March 30, 2016
Charlie once stated that he couldn’t stay alive without a gun in his town, stating that it was vital to his survival in the Alaskan wilderness.
Charlie confirmed in “Yukon Men” that wolves are ruthless animals that endanger people’s lives. However, according to research by “The Guardian” reporter Adam Welz, the number of fatal attacks by wolves is incredibly low: “Although the US and Canada hold more than 60,000 wolves, I found only two records of fatal attacks by wild wolves in these countries in the past ten years’.
Charlie’s wife Cheryl is of Alaskan Native American descendant.