Known as the “Swampman” to thousands of viewers across the world, Shelby Stanga is one of America's most popular reality-show celebrity. With a net worth of about $2 million, Shelby starred as a member of the Swamp Man Logging Team in the documentary reality TV series Ax Men, telecast worldwide on the History Channel for the series' third, fourth and fifth season.
Born in 1960, Shelby who is 55 years had an interesting bio having had to drop out of school at the age of 9 due on his mother's decision due to the activities of Ku Klux Clan in the neighborhood. While his mother advised him to either play with his first cousin or go hunting in the woods nearby, but since Shelby grew up in the swamp having fun, fishing and hogging, he decided for himself to go into the swamps.
He says on his website that he didn't like schooling anyways and made his real friends in the swamp business, selling his first piece of log at the age of 11 and never looking back since then. He knew many people that sold logs for a living, so he also started with a small boat dragging one log at a time, slowly built his reputation as a swamp logger. People started hiring him for removing precious logs from deep swamps, like for instance while he was 16 years of age, Shelby removed a cypress tree from a swamp using a boat, some ropes and inner tubes.
There were rumors about him getting bitten by snakes and not getting sick, and yes, he confirms those rumors as true in his website. Some might think that collecting logs is an easy task, well, not until you hear that some logs that Shelby has collected from the swamp are around 2000 to 5000 years old, some of which had been submerged under mud for over 100 years. The logs are hidden under the swamp and it takes skill, vigor and courage to bring them up.
Shelby is married to his wife Donna, and though he says he doesn't really like going out of his home area near Lake Pontchartrain, he is going to reach out to his fans and followers in a few appearances around US. Shelby also has a spin-off TV series titled The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man. He has very less followers on twitter compared to the 1.5 million likes of fans on Facebook – considering the fact that he still doesn't own a proper computer and knew nothing about Facebook until 2009.