Appalachian Outlaws

About the show

The Appalachian region has the right elevation, rainfall and soil to produce some of the world's best ginseng. With demand for the herb increasing worldwide and supply not able to meet it, the crop's value is approaching $1,000 per pound. As is to be expected with such a valuable commodity, competition is fierce among growers, who are doing whatever it takes -- lawfully or not -- to control as much of the crop as possible. 

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Upcoming episodes

Jul 13th
100a

Crossing The Line

It’s getting late in the ginseng season and only experienced diggers know where to find the golden root. West Virginia outsiders, the Lunsford Gang, confront Obie Bennett and force him to take them to the best honey holes, but Obie’s not about to give up all of his secret spots. Meanwhile, after failing to meet an order, Tony Coffman’s banking on a prize ginseng root from Rufus to help make amends with his New York Buyer. When Greg Shook and EJ Henderson go on another ginseng hunt for Tony, Greg hopes they can find the bag of ‘seng EJ hid from poachers during the night. And, Mike Ross finds and innovative way to protect Tony’s friend’s ginseng patch.
Jul 13th
200a

Unlikely Allies

With the ginseng season nearly over, Greg Shook is homesick for his kids as he heads out to “Ginseng Mountain” with EJ Henderson on another dig for Tony Coffman. While there, Greg concocts a plan to help prevent their twenty-pound ginseng haul from being stolen at gunpoint by poachers. Obie Bennett meets with Tony to orchestrate another ginseng hunt with the Lunsford Gang in order to gain inside information about where the gang is storing their ‘seng. On his way home after his own meeting with Tony, Mike Ross is nearly run down by a truck, prompting him to beef up the security at his farm, including building an actual “fire wall.” With all this, Tony Coffman is still two hundred pounds short on his standing ginseng order for his New York Buyer. Facing a strict deadline, Tony may have to make a deal with his worst enemy -- Corby “The General” Patton.
Jul 20th
100a

Battle of Wolf Creek

Just when he’s ready to call it quits for the season and accept the fact that he’s lost over twenty thousand dollars of ginseng to the Lunsford Gang, Obie Bennett gets a tip about the location of the gang’s secret storage spot from an unlikely source – his old partner, Ron McMillion. Also, Greg Shook and EJ Henderson pursue a tip of their own that leads the two of them to an impasse over their moral differences. With three days left to fill the final four hundred pounds of his Chinatown order, Tony Coffman is faced with difficult decisions. Meanwhile, when a group of poachers trespass his farm in the middle of the night, Mike Ross pulls out all the stops and unleashes a deadly firestorm to drive them away.
Jul 20th
200a

Last Chance

With the onset of winter, there is no more ginseng to be dug in West Virginia. TONY COFFMAN’s final delivery for his New York Buyer is coming due and he’s in a desperate place. He needs nearly 400 pounds to meet the quota and has to act fast. GREG SHOOK hunts for the remaining roots but fails to deliver any to Tony. Greg calls it a season and heads back home to his kids in Georgia. TONY makes a deal with Willow Kelly and asks MIKE ROSS to dig up all her ginseng and bring it in. Knowing he’ll be pursued, MIKE ROSS foils the Lunsford’s and does a bait-and-switch to get the ginseng safely to Tony’s. Finally, Obie takes revenge on the Lunsford Gang by taking back his nearly two hundred thousand dollars worth of stolen ginseng and burning the stash trailer to the ground. If Obie can deliver the huge stash of ginseng in time, Tony just may be able to complete his Chinatown order.
Jul 27th
100a

Dirty Money

It's the start of ginseng season in the Appalachian Mountains and every 'senger from West Virginia to Georgia is looking to get rich off the golden root, but it won't come easy. If they aren't running from game wardens or pot farmers, they're haggling for the better prices from local ginseng kingpin Tony Coffman, who's controlled the ginseng market for years... until now. Corby "The General" Patton just rolled into town and he wants a piece of the action.
Jul 27th
200a

Ginseng Fever

Ginseng prices are skyrocketing, and outsiders like Greg Shook are flooding into to West Virginia to cash in, but he quickly learns that locals don't take kindly to strangers. Meanwhile veteran sengers Ron and Obie have to pull their knives to keep a ruthless senger from pulling immature roots, and landowner Mike Ross resorts to guerilla tactics to keep poachers away from his honey hole. And as Tony Coffman's new nemesis Corby "The General" Patton continues to poach his clients, Tony finds himself on the verge of failing to fill the first order of his career.