TV The Best Episodes of Ax Men  

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There are so many good episodes of Ax Men, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Curse of Kalina" the best, or is "Lost in the Fog" your favorite episode of Ax Men? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Ax Men are, let's rank every Ax Men episode from best to worst.

Ax Men on History is a reality TV series that highlights the dangers of working in logging crews and covers the states of Oregon, Washington, Montana, Louisiana, and Florida. Ax Men was cancelled after nine seasons, concluding in 2016, nearly seven years after its debut on March 9, 2008.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Ax Men, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Ax Men episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Lost in the Fog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 2 Episode 7: The mountain seeks its revenge. Weather traps R&R's helicopter pilot in the fog. Trees fight back against Pihl's timber fallers. Rivers mount their defense, threatening to rip Jimmy Smith's barge in half. At Rygaard, logging is turned upside down when they move to a new downhill logging site.

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Risk and Reward is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 2: Just days into the fall logging season, the Ax Men are already being put to the test. J.M. Browning races to meet a big deadline. Stump Branch Logging tempts fate by jury-rigging their old equipment. The Gustafson Company races mother nature as they attempt to build a road to access their logging site.

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Risking it All is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 6 Episode 18: In Louisiana, after Shelby and DaVi have an argument, Shelby makes it up to DaVi by giving him a very unusual gift. In Washington, Gabe Rygaard rushes his crew to finish the site, which leads to careless and dangerous decisions.

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Davi and Goliath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 8 Episode 12: Shelby Stanga is still without his jet boat, but fortunately he has his trusty assistant Davi and his Go-Devil to pick up the slack.

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Fists of Fury is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 6: It's a fight to the death between Shelby Stanga and a massive standing tree. At Rygaard, the bad blood between Dave and Fernando boils over. In Alaska, Papac's men are on the run when two machines get tangled up while in Florida, Buck and Swilley raise the stakes. And in Montana, the newcomers from Siderius Logging are gambling on life and limb.

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Curse of Kalina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 3 Episode 10: Jimmy and James come face-to-face with the 12-foot gator that has stalked them for weeks. In the swamps of Louisiana, Shelby goes solo on a challenging mission. At Rygaard, greenhorn Dave disappears and at Browning, a string of setbacks makes Jay question if the Kalina job is cursed. The rookie pilots at Conner get the ride of their lives.

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Log Jam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 7 Episode 10: In the bayou, Shelby goes diving in gator infested waters. Up north, rivals Rygaard and Oakes square off on a way road and a Rygaard driver is nearly killed when his truck flips.

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The Mouth From The South is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 15: There's a new crop of loggers in Ax Men country... but fitting in with the old guard ain't easy. In Louisiana, a beauty queen quickly pushes all of Shelby's buttons at once. At Lemare, Steve and the greenhorn butt heads that ends with one of them quitting. In Florida, S&S's newest deckhand gets more Jimmy Smith than he can handle.

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Man vs. Mountain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 1: Deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, rugged men make their living doing one of the deadliest jobs in the world. Their mission is to retrieve timber on mountainsides too steep to access with machines, but it's no easy task. Plagued by mechanical failures, relentless weather, and unpredictable terrain, these brave men risk their lives retrieving the timber with which we built our country.

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Sabotage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 6 Episode 3: It s week three and logging country is falling apart. In the swamp, Shelby must rely on niece Stephanie and cousin Belinda to do his dirty work. At Rygaard, the rigging guys formulate a plan to get rid of DJ.

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Reversal of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 6: Logging giants throughout Oregon are falling. Two of the biggest - J.M. Browning and Gustafson Logging - are fighting to survive. Jay Browning, usually flush with lucrative deals, is forced to make tough decisions. Gustafson Logging is down but not out. Smaller outfits, like Stump Branch and Pihl, find winning strategies in their young leaders.

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Assault by Air is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 3 Episode 8: The loggers struggle to get back on track after losing a man. At Browning, a weak cable threatens to kill half the crew, while the only remaining greenhorn at Rygaard is in the line of fire during a log-alanche. Shelby's camera crew gets lost in the swamp overnight. In Florida, Jimmy and James set out alone and score the season's first big catch.

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Black Friday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 10: Thanksgiving is over, but the return to work brings more trouble for the Ax Men. Back from a devastating two-week layoff, the Gustafson crew now faces a nearly impossible deadline. As the deadline at Pig Farm approaches, half of the Pihl crew skips work, leaving greenhorn Cody to pick up the slack.

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The Reckoning, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 2 Episode 13: As the logging season winds to a close, the drama heats up. Conner fights off defeat, while the men of Pihl fight each other. Jimmy's barge refuses to budge, and for Browning and Rygaard, eleventh hour catastrophes send the competition down to the wire.

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The Ax Stops Here is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 20: It's the nail-biting conclusion of the race to be crowned King of the Mountain. While Papac battles to bring their yarder operator back from the brink, Craig Rygaard forces Gabe to choose between him and Dave.

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This Means War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 14: From coast to coast, logging companies are willing to do anything to stay on top. At Browning, the crew gambles on a slipping skyline. In the bayou, Shelby puts his swamp buggy to the test pulling one of the biggest logs of the season. At Rygaard, Craig mounts an assault to get rid of Dave.

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A Frayed Knot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 7 Episode 9: The Rygaard family is back on the mountain and firing on all cylinders, until new yarder team Oakes Logging crashes onto the site, challenging Gabe face-to-face for the title of King of the Mountain.

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Market Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 5: The Ax Men are reeling from the news of upcoming layoffs. While Gustafson Logging tries to get back on track, Browning races to meet a big deadline. Pihl Logging is now under the gun to finish their Pig Farm job, and to find more work. Despite Melvin's best efforts to keep up with his old equipment, Stump Branch loses one of its most important machines.

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Up in Smoke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 18: With three weeks to go, the final race to be King of the Mountain is in full swing. In the swamp, Shelby's chasing buried gold in Lake Ponchartrain. In Florida, a surprising end to the log-off forces sudden death.

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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 2 Episode 11: The gap between winners and losers is narrowing. Rygaard's new greenhorn battles to prove himself, while Conner Aviation's substitute pilot gets wild with the chopper. Dwayne Dethlefs leaves Pihl Logging high and dry, while the Aqua Loggers are sunk by bad weather. At Browning, Jesse's crew tries to catch Rygaard's lead.

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King of the Mountain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 3 Episode 13: The season's exciting conclusion. It's an all-out fight to the finish for Browning and Rygaard, as Gabe mounts a last minute surprise comeback. Shelby vows revenge on the lake log, and at Conner, it's up to the junior pilot to save the season. In Florida, it's the end of the road for Jimmy, but Joe Collins makes James an offer he may not be able to refuse.

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Damage Control is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 2: Swamp Man Shelby Stanga is hired to remove a log from private property, but complications lead to disaster. Infighting reaches a fever pitch at S&S Aqua Logging, while the competition has a run-in with Mother Nature. A familiar face returns to Papac, much to Coatsy's dismay. Gabe Rygaard takes Dave out cutting, but things go awry. And the rookies of Big Gun Logging are adding to their ranks.

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Man down is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 17: As the logging season winds down, the pressure to produce, heats up. In Alaska, a family emergency takes Mark from the yarder seat and with no time for a shut down... Papac calls on the only guy with experience running the massive machine: Joe Linderborg. Meanwhile the men of Rygaard are feasting at the Honey Hole, pulling big wood and riding high.

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Fallout Zone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 10: As the season reaches the halfway mark, logging country is feeling the pressure. In Florida, Swilley gets hooked in a pile of rusty metal while Jimmy and James ride a wave of high times. At Rygaard, Gabe puts his entire crew on the line when he decides to fall standing trees from directly under the skyline.

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Fever Pitch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 19: Across logging country, the final push begins. At Papac, Joe Linderborg's reign on the yarder has everyone running scared. At Browning, Jay receives devastating news that could mean the end of his career. On the Suwannee, S&S and Collins almost come to blows over a pair of logs.

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Father Knows Best is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 7 Episode 8: In Washington, Gabe Rygaard is in over his head when a logging legend bails him out of trouble and gets him back in the race for King Of the Mountain. Down in Louisiana, Shelby and old friend Mike Chatellier use brute force.

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Where's Willy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 13: On the mountain, Gabe's two-yarder plan goes further off track when one crew member defects to the other team. Big Gun races their tightest deadline yet, while in Alaska, Joe and the new guy get into it. On the river, an accident could take S&S out of the Log-Off for good, and in the swamp, Shelby's trusty assistant Willy goes missing.

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Picking Up the Pieces is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 13: The Ax Men are ready to get back to work and put the storm behind them, but it's easier said than done. As Gustafson returns to work, Darrell makes a startling discovery that could mean the end for the Challenge job. The Stump Branch crew must figure out a Plan B and find missing greenhorn Michael. Still without phone service, Jay Browning struggles to gather his troops.

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Moby Dick Strikes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 2 Episode 5: At Rygaard, the bosses clash over greenhorn Brad Hewitt. Meanwhile, at the Pihl team, Dwayne is forced to do the job of a greenhorn. To the east, R&R Conner Aviation must choose between safety and production. Jimmy Smith and son James are still waging war against the mammoth deadhead known as Moby Dick. Usually, three strikes and you're out...but Jimmy plays by a different set of rules!

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Shelby Gets Schooled is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 9 Episode 2: After stumbling upon a rare artifact, Shelby forms an unlikely alliance with Prof Sam Hyde of Southeastern Louisiana University, when they realize they are the perfect team.

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Loggers Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 8: In the wake of the plummeting logging market, the Ax Men are barely surviving. The Gustafson bosses have a close call while taking over for their laid-off crew. An old hook tender returns to the Browning team, stopping Jesse's ascension to company management. Pihl loses a crucial member of the team as it struggles to finish Pig Farm.

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Eleventh Hour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 3 Episode 12: With only two weeks remaining in the season, the mountain is turned upside down. Browning bounces back, while Rygaard suffers a devastating loss. Jimmy's on thin ice at Collins, one of Conner's junior pilots is sent packing, and Shelby is rushed to the emergency room.

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Judgement Day is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 6: Logging country is turned upside down when one of the mountain's best bows out. At Papac, the men suffer under the reign of a new yarder operator. At Rygaard, it's machinery gone wild when a half-baked plan goes bad and threatens to take out a fellow man. In Florida, Jimmy and James are hunted by a venomous snake, while in Louisiana, Shelby is hunted by an old foe.

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Gators & Hand Grenades is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 6 Episode 9: In Florida, the Dreadknots come face-to-face with one of the most fearsome creatures in the river, while over in the swamp, Shelby and Donna are putting his new paddle barge to work. In Washington, DJ returns to work but faces another battle with Craig.

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Cowboy Up is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 5: Start-up outfit Big Gun Logging hits a snag as their deadline approaches. In Florida, Buck & Swilley make a run for the lead in the Log-Off while Jimmy deals with a crew crisis. Shelby Stanga enlists the help of a voodoo team to get his cousin's ghost under wraps. In Washington, a string of accidents on Craig's watch threatens to shut down the site.

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The Close Call is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 7: The season is halfway through, and the gap between winners and losers is widening. Stump Branch tests a new but more dangerous logging strategy... and it poses great danger to the men in the rigging. The Pihl men play while the bosses are away. Browning Logging is a team divided.

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Slippery Slope is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 6 Episode 15: Shelby finds a legendary old grave site and the crew has an accident. Big Gun has yet another yarder accident and Levi decides to make some major crew changes. Brad and Swilley are the victims of a prank and they lose yet another assistant.

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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 12: In this episode of Ax Men, it's out with the old, in with the new. King of the Mountain J.M. Browning returns with son Jesse leading the charge. At Rygaard and Pihl, both companies face season-ending crises. In Florida, James hires a new deckhand but takes a serious blow to the head...and in Cajun country, Shelby's got a new toy.

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Wake-up Call is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 7: Shelby Stanga takes his newest assistant loggin' and froggin'. In Montana, young Siderius cutter Travis earns his stripes when he's forced into a deadly situation. The father and son team of S&S hits bottom, then hits gold. In Washington, a close call puts an end to the infighting, and at Papac, Joe lets loose.

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Dog Days is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 7 Episode 16: In Washington, a battle erupts when Oakes is accused of stealing Rygaard's logs. In Alaska, tensions soar as a runaway log nearly wipes out the crew. In the Bayou, Shelby brings out his puppy to help him with a special assignment.

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Flipping Logzilla is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 6 Episode 6: In Louisiana, the Swamp Man targets a money log, but it s in dangerous territory. At Rygaard, DJ gets put on notice, while in Florida, Brad and Swilley struggle to keep S&S from running off the rails.

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The Hurricane Hits is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 6 Episode 11: When Hurricane Isaac hits the bayou, Shelby Stanga must race to save his logging empire and neighbors. At Rygaard, a string of crew meltdowns sends the site into chaos.

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Betting It All is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 19: From Alaska to Florida, one of the toughest seasons on record is almost over. At Papac, pushing hard pushes Joe to his breaking point, while at Rygaard, Dave has officially worn out his welcome.

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Manhunt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 4: At Papac, time is running out for missing logger Van Huffman. At Rygaard, Gabe gambles on a helicopter... and loses. At Pihl, rigging slinger Eric Davis is rushed to the hospital after a gruesome fall. In Louisiana, Shelby pulls an all-nighter to save his dog Piss Willy. And in Florida, Collins puts the Smith boys in their place.

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End of the Line is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 3 Episode 11: With the season winding down, the pressure heats up. Dave returns from jail but may not have a job to come back to, Shelby hunts his biggest catch of the season, and Conner's rookie pilots are take off on their first solo missions. In Florida, Jimmy faces a moral dilemma, and for Browning, it's the end of the line.

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Initiation Day is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 2 Episode 3: The battle to be crowned king of the mountains has just begun - and already, men are bowing out of the race. Rygaard's greenhorn struggles to earn the respect of his crew, while Jay Browning's $30,000 gamble on new equipment craps out. Jimmy Smith and his new deckhand, son James, try to reel in the log of their lives. And one of the mountain's most beloved Ax Men will hang up his saw for good.

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Shelby Strikes Back is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 9 Episode 1: Deep in the Louisiana Bayou, Shelby the Swamp Man is back in action, and this time he's on a special mission. This job is about more than just cashing in.

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Hell Hole is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 4: At Papac Alaska, the site is turned upside down when the yarder operator walks off in the middle of the day. In Florida, Swilley's determination to beat S&S in the Suwannee River Log Off leads to a life threatening mistake. With their leader still in the hospital, Big Gun Logging loses control of the Ole Keasy site.

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Trucked Up is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 7 Episode 20: As the loggers close in on the end of the season, one log could be the difference between winning and losing, reeling in fortunes or coming up short. In Louisiana, Shelby is only a log away from completing his big order when a boat crash stops him.

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Burying the Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 7 Episode 4: It's week three and the surprises keep on coming. In Washington, Gabe's king of the mountain title is in the hands of a novice crew, until he gets some help from an unlikely family member.