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>> GINSENG SEASON IN WEST
VIRGINIA...

IT'S KINDA LIKE THE WILD WEST.

THERE AIN'T NO LAWS...

EXCEPT FOR OUR OWN.

[gunshot]
BUT NOW, GREED'S CHANGING THE
GAME.

NORMAL PEOPLE STARTING TO ACT
CRAZY.

>> GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO!
>> OUTSIDERS ARE FLOODING IN
LOOKING TO GET RICH REAL QUICK.

WHAT THESE OUTSIDERS DON'T GET
IS THIS IS OUR LAND.

AND WE'LL DO ANYTHING TO PROTECT
IT.

[insects chirping]
[owl hoots]
[rustling]
>> WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?
LISTEN. LISTEN.

DAMN IT.

WHERE IN THE HELL YOU AT?
DAMN IT.

OW.

THIS AIN'T GOOD.

[gunshots]
>> both: ♪ OOH ♪
>> ♪ I'M A DEAD MAN ♪
♪ WALKIN' IN ♪
>> both: ♪ OOH ♪
♪ UNDERNEATH THE WATER ♪
♪ CAN'T GO BACK ♪
♪ TO BARTON HOLLOW ♪
♪ DEVIL GONNA FOLLOW ME ♪
♪ WHEREVER I GO ♪
[gunshot]
♪ WON'T DO ME NO GOOD ♪
♪ WASHIN' IN THE RIVER ♪
♪ CAN'T NO PREACHER MAN ♪
♪ SAVE MY ♪
♪ SOUL ♪
>> GINSENG SEASON IS IN FULL
SWING.

PRICES ARE SO HIGH, EVERYONE
WITH A STICK AND A BAG IS TRYING
TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK OFF THE
GOLDEN ROOT.

BUT MIKE ROSS IS TAKING HIS
TIME.

>> THE GINSENG I GOT ON MY
PROPERTY, WE'RE TRYING TO LET
GROW ANOTHER 20, 30 YEARS.

BY THEN, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO
CASH OUT ON SOME PRETTY BIG
ROOTS AND MAKE A HELL OF A LOT
OF MONEY.

>> THE LONGER A GINSENG ROOT
STAYS IN THE GROUND, THE GREATER
ITS VALUE.

BUT KEEPING IT IN THE GROUND
IS THE HARD PART.

>> I'M SICK AND TIRED OF PEOPLE
POACHING ON MY LAND.

INSTALLED A HILLBILLY ALARM
SYSTEM.

IF ANYBODY TRESPASSES, I'LL HEAR
IT.

I DON'T REALLY WANNA HURT
ANYBODY, BUT IF I NEED TO,
I WILL.

[dog barking]
[hammering]
FROGGER, SHUT UP.

MY FATHER GAVE ME THIS
PROPERTY.

PRETTY DAMN LUCKY TO HAVE THIS
FARM.

GOT 50 COWS I RUN, AND ABOUT
400 ACRES.

A LOT OF WILDLIFE.

BERRIES AND BEES.

HAVING A FARM LIKE THIS, THERE'S
ALL KINDS OF PROJECTS, AND IT'S
ALWAYS BEEN A PAIN.

AND WITH IT CAME A LITTLE BURIED
TREASURE: SEVERAL HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLAR GINSENG HONEY
HOLE.

[hammering continues]

I TAKE CARE OF BOTH THE RANCH
AND THE GINSENG IS MORE THAN A
FULL-TIME JOB.

YEAH, MY GOAL IS TO GET THIS
BARN DONE BY WINTERTIME.

BEEN WORKING ON IT ALL SUMMER.

[cow groaning]
WHAT THE HELL?
[cow moos]
[cows lowing]
[trap cracking loudly]
[bleep].

DAMN IT.

DAMN POACHERS.

JUST HEARD MY TRAPS SET OFF.

THAT MEANS SOMEBODY'S UP HERE.

THERE'S THAT SON OF A BITCH NOW.

[tense orchestration]
♪ ♪
[gunshot]
DAMN MOTHER[bleep].

THAT'S EXACTLY WHY I SET THEM
ALARMS.

GOTTA GO SEE WHAT THE [bleep]
THEY TOOK.

WATCH THIS.

THAT ONE'S STILL GOOD.

TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH ONE
HE SET OFF.

I'M HOPING IT AIN'T FURTHER
DOWN IN THE HOLLER.

THAT'S CLOSE TO MY GINSENG.

HERE'S A BROKEN BRANCH.

SEE A FOOTSTEP.

[sighs]
TWO PLANTS THERE THEY DUG.

THIS MUST'VE BEEN WHERE THEY
WENT DOWN.

I WONDER WHO THEY WERE.

WE GOT A FEW OTHER PLANTS DOWN
HERE.

LOOKS LIKE THEY GOT THEM TOO.

[sighs]
[sighs]
THAT'S A COUPLE HUNDRED BUCKS
GONE RIGHT THERE.

THIS IS [bleep] UP.

THIS IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF
[bleep] I'M TALKING ABOUT, AND
THIS YEAR, I'M FIGHTING BACK.

>> WHEN IT COMES TO GINSENG,
THE OLDER, THE BETTER.

>> IT'S NOT EVEN REALLY QUALITY
ROOT UNTIL IT'S BETWEEN 15 YEARS
AND UP.

>> AND 80 MILES SOUTH, TOP BUYER
TONY COFFMAN LEANS ON HIS OLD
BUDDY RUFUS.

>> WE GOT AN ORDER FOR 30 POUNDS
OF CHOICE ROOT.

I DO NOT WANT TO DISAPPOINT
THIS CUSTOMER.

IF I DON'T FILL THIS ORDER, THEN
MY REPUTATION TAKES A BIG HIT.

RUFUS IS GONNA HELP ME HERE.

I'M GONNA NEED HIS HELP.

THERE'S HIS FOUR-WHEELER.

HEY, RUFUS.

>> HEY.

>> HOW ARE YOU?
>> I'M TRYING TO CATCH ME A
CATFISH.

[dog barks]
>> APPRECIATE YOU SPREADING THE
WORD FOR ME LAST WEEK.

>> YEAH.

>> I NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN.

GOT A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT
ORDER.

30 POUNDS OF GINSENG, BUT HE
ONLY WANTS THE TOP-ENDS.

IT'S GOTTA BE 15 YEARS AND
OLDER.

>> RIGHT.

[dog barking]
YOU JUST DON'T FIND THAT
ANYWHERE.

YOU KNOW, YOU JUST CAN'T PARK ON
THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, AND JUMP
OUT, AND GO DIG IN THAT KIND--
>> YOU'RE PREACHING TO THE
CHOIR THERE, MY FRIEND.

BUT HE SAYS HE GOTTA HAVE IT
NEXT WEEK.

>> ONE WEEK?
>> HE SAID RUSH ORDER.

>> SO WHAT KIND OF A PRICE
YOU GONNA PUT ON THE BIG STUFF
IF THEY GONNA SELL IT?
>> IF IT'S THAT, I'M GONNA PUT
$1,000 A POUND ON IT.

>> OH, THAT'S A GOOD PRICE.

YEAH.

I CAN'T MAKE YOU NO PROMISES,
BUT I WILL SEE WHAT WE CAN DO.

>> ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET, I
SURE APPRECIATE IT.

>> YEAH, ALL RIGHT.

>> YOU GOT ONE THERE, BUDDY.

YOU GOT ONE, YOU GOT ONE THERE.

>> AW, I GOT DINNER.

OH, RIGHT IN THERE.

BOY, HE WAS TOO BIG, WASN'T HE?
>> DONE BROKE YOUR HOOK.

>> AW, MAN.

[dog whimpers]
>> ALL RIGHT, BUDDY.

>> I'LL SEE WHAT I CAN DO.

>> THANK YOU, SIR.

THAT'S ALL FOR NOW.

YOU TAKE CARE.

>> MAYBE I CAN HELP HIM,
BUT IT'S GONNA BE HARD.

THAT'S A LARGE ORDER.

30 POUNDS OF PRIME 'SENG
15 YEARS AND OLDER IN ONE WEEK?
YEAH, THAT'S HARD TO COME BY
RIGHT THERE, YOU KNOW?
GET ON, JAKE.

>> IT'S TIMES LIKE THESE WHEN
TONY NEEDS ALL THE FRIENDS HE
CAN GET.

BUT NOBODY MAKES IT TO THE TOP
WITHOUT MAKING A FEW ENEMIES.

>> THAT STUFF'S WORTH 550.

IS IT NOT?
>> I CAN GET YOU 300 A POUND.

>> [bleep] YOU.

[groans]
MAN POINTING A GUN AT YOU, AND
YOU'VE GOT A KNIFE AT YOU.

POW.

YOU DO IT FAST.

AND YOU TAKE HIM OUT.

YOU HIT HIM HIGH, YOU HIT HIM
LOW, YOU STILL GOT HIM.

IF YOUR SELF-PRESERVATION DON'T
KICK IN IN TIME OF NEED, YOU
SHOULDN'T BE OUT THERE FLOATING.

[grunts]
[tense music]
♪ ♪
WHEN I WAS 17, I ENLISTED FOR
VIETNAM...

IN THE MARINE CORPS.

WHEN I WAS 26, I WAS CONVICTED
OF A CRIME I DIDN'T COMMIT.

I WAS PUT IN PRISON.

I HAD A WIFE, I HAD A WIFE.

I HAD TWO KIDS.

CHEST.

I WAS LOCKED AWAY FOR
27 1/2 YEARS.

JUGULAR.

[sighs]
NOW, I LIVE OUT HERE ON MY OWN
TERMS.

AND I LOVE IT.

GET HIM IN THE HEART.

LIVING IN THE APPALACHIAN
MOUNTAINS, YOU NEED TO BE A
SURVIVOR.

IF NOT, YOU'RE GONNA DIE BACK
HERE.

YEAH, TONY SAID HE'D GIVE US TOP
DOLLAR FOR IT, BUT I DON'T KNOW,
MAN.

>> MAN, I HATE [bleep] SELLING
TO THAT DUDE.

>> I KNOW, BUT STILL, MAN--
>> HE'S MAKING A KILLING OFF OF
IT.

>> BUT HE'S THE ONLY GAME IN
TOWN.

>> TONY'S PUT THE WORD OUT
HE'S LOOKING FOR SOME OLD 'SENG.

SO WE'VE DECIDED TO HIT A SPOT
THAT WE'VE BEEN WAITING TO
MATURE.

>> WE'VE HAD A DEAL WITH THE
FARMER FOR YEARS.

WE ARE THE ONLY ONES ALLOWED TO
DIG OUT HERE.

AND EACH YEAR, WE GIVE HIM A
LITTLE CUT.

IT'S A GOOD SITUATION.

>> IT RAINED THIS MORNING, YOU
KNOW?
>> MM-HMM.

>> AND LAST NIGHT.

MAN, IT'S ALMOST LIKE A TROPICAL
PLACE HERE THIS YEAR.

>> IT AIN'T TROPICAL.

>> AW, LOOK AT THIS
MOTHER[bleep].

[horn honking]
WEIRD.

>> SEE, WE COULD PARK HERE.

>> OKAY, LET'S DO THAT DOWN
HERE.

BIG DAY TODAY, MAN.

>> I'D LIKE TO GET SOME BIG
'SENG, PUT SOME MONEY IN THE
POCKET.

LOOKEE HERE.

SOMEBODY BEEN IN HERE, MAN.

>> LOOK AT THE [bleep] HOLE THEY
DUG OUT THAT.

>> DAMN.

>> THAT'S TOO IMMATURE.

>> LOOK RIGHT HERE, THEY GOT
FOUR OR FIVE...

ALL THIS WAS LITTLE STUFF WHEN
WE SCOUTED THIS [bleep].

>> THIS IS REALLY BAD.

IT'S A CRIME TO PULL OUT THESE
LITTLE PLANTS.

>> YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH TELL HOW
OLD THE PLANT IS BY HOW MANY
PRONGS IT'S GOT.

IF IT'S ONLY GOT TWO PRONGS,
IT'S TOO YOUNG TO DROP ITS SEEDS
AND REPRODUCE.

ANY 'SENGER KNOWS THAT.

THIS WAS ALL FUTURE STUFF.

I THOUGHT WE WAS THE ONLY ONES
THAT HAD PERMISSION TO BE IN
HERE.

>> ANYONE ELSE IS ACTUALLY
POACHING.

>> [bleep] DAMN IT.

THEY DONE TOOK EVERYTHING.

THEY RAPED IT.

LITTLE--LITTLE--ALL THE
SEEDLINGS FROM LAST YEAR,
EVERYTHING GONE.

>> TEN YEARS FROM NOW, THIS
WOULD'VE BEEN REAL NICE.

HARVESTING IT IN ABOUT EIGHT.

BY THAT TIME, THIS WHOLE PATCH
WOULD'VE BEEN DOWN--ALL THE WAY
DOWN THROUGH THIS MOUNTAIN HERE.

WE'LL GO UP AROUND THE HILL HERE
AND FIND SOMETHING.

>> I BET YOU HE'S DONE HIT THAT.

>> I HOPE NOT.

I [bleep] HOPE NOT.

>> HEY.

LISTEN.

[dog barking]
I HEARD A DAMN SPADE HIT.

[tense music]
♪ ♪
SOUNDS LIKE ONE PERSON.

>> AND THERE HE IS.

LET'S...

>> [sighs]
HEY, GUY.

>> [bleep].

>> HEY, DUDE.

>> WHAT YOU DOING OUT HERE?
>> WHAT THE [bleep] IS THIS?
>> DAMN, MAN, YOU RAPING
THE PLACE, AIN'T YOU, BUBBA?
>> WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON THIS
PROPERTY, BUDDY?
>> [bleep] YOU, GUYS.

WHAT THE [bleep] IS THIS?
>> LOOK AT THIS [bleep].

>> Y'ALL COPS?
>> WHAT YOU GOT IN THAT BAG?
I NOTICED YOU BEEN PUTTING
ALL KINDS OF TWO-PRONGS DOWN
HERE, GUY.

WHOA.

>> EASY.

WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, WAIT.

>> GOT THAT KNIFE.

>> WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.

>> OBIE, OBIE, OBIE.

OKAY, BACK UP OFF OF HIM.

>> GOT THAT KNIFE.

>> GOT A [bleep] PROBLEM?
>> YEAH, I THINK I GOT A PROBLEM
WITH YOU.

>> WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.

>> OBIE, OBIE, OBIE.

OKAY, BACK UP OFF OF HIM.

>> [growls]
>> GOT THAT KNIFE.

>> GOT A [bleep] PROBLEM?
>> YEAH, I THINK I GOT A PROBLEM
WITH YOU.

>> YOU BACK THE [bleep] UP, BUB.

>> MAN, WHY DON'T YOU PUT YOUR
KNIFE AWAY, GUY?
>> [bleep] YOU, GUYS.

>> WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, DON'T BE
DOING NOTHING STUPID, BUB.

>> GET OUT OF THE WOODS.

>> WE GOT PERMISSION TO BE ON
THIS PROPERTY, BRO.

WE KNOW YOU DON'T.

GO ON AND GET ON OUTTA HERE.

>> [bleep] Y'ALL.

>> GO. GO.

GET ON OUTTA HERE.

>> GET OUT OF THE WOODS.

>> [bleep] YOU.

>> QUIT TALKING [bleep], BOY!
WELL, MIGHT AS WELL GO HIT
A DIFFERENT SPOT, HADN'T WE,
'CAUSE THIS--THIS AIN'T
HAPPENING.

HE DONE RAPED THAT HILL.

IT'S A GOLD RUSH OUT HERE RIGHT
NOW.

AIN'T NO WORK.

PEOPLE NEED MONEY.

PRICE OF GINSENG'S UP TO ALMOST
$1,000 A POUND, AND THEY'RE OUT
HERE JUST DIGGING WHATEVER.

THEY DON'T KNOW.

>> IT'S THERE BECAUSE WE
RESPECTED IT IN THE PAST.

I PASSED IT DOWN TO OBIE.

OBIE PASSES IT DOWN TO HIS KIDS.

I'LL BE GONE, AND THE--AND THE--
AND THE 'SENG SHOULD STILL BE
HERE IF YOU RESPECT IT.

>> WEST VIRGINIA 'SENGERS DON'T
TAKE KINDLY TO SHARING THEIR
DIGGING SPOTS.

THEY TAKE EVEN LESS KINDLY TO
OUTSIDERS.

>> I HAD TO LEAVE GEORGIA DOWN
THERE BECAUSE THE DAMN LAW GOT
SO HOT ON MY ASS.

IF THEY DO CATCH ME ON FEDERAL
PROPERTY DIGGING GINSENG, THAT'S
A $5,000 FINE, 6 MONTHS IN JAIL.

I CAN'T AFFORD NEITHER ONE OF
THEM.

I'M NOT STAYING SIX MONTHS AWAY
FROM MY KIDS.

>> GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO,
GO, GO!
GET YOUR ASS IN THE TRUCK.

>> THERE'S SOME GOOD GINSENG
DIGGING IN WEST VIRGINIA, SO
HERE I AM.

I HEARD THERE'S A MAN NAMED
TONY COFFMAN.

THAT'S THE GINSENG MAN UP HERE.

IF TONY JUST POINT ME IN THE
RIGHT DIRECTION, WHERE I'M NOT
GONNA GO GET INTO NO DAMN
TROUBLE, THAT'D BE GREAT FOR ME.

I THINK HIS SHOP'S RIGHT HERE.

I HOPE HE AIN'T NO [bleep]HEAD.

[clicks tongue]
WHAT IS IT, HUH?
YOU NEED A LITTLE LOVE?
ME TOO, ME--ALL THE WAY FROM
HOME.

I HEARD THERE'S A MAN HERE NAMED
TONY COFFMAN.

I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TO HIM,
PLEASE.

>> WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?
>> I HEARD YOU WAS A GINSENG
MAN UP HERE.

>> YEAH, I...

YOU SAY YOU'RE...

>> FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA.

>> YOU'RE A LONG WAY FROM HOME,
AREN'T YOU?
>> I AM.

I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD
POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
TO DIG SOME GINSENG.

>> [laughs]
THERE'S NONE BETTER PLACE TO DIG
GINSENG THAN THERE ARE UP HERE.

LOOK--'CAUSE I WORRY ABOUT
THE BOYS.

>> THE ONES THAT DIG?
>> THAT'S RIGHT.

[ignition starts]
>> I UNDERSTAND THAT.

BUT I GOTTA MAKE A LIVING TOO.

I GOT KIDS AT HOME.

>> I UNDERSTAND, I UNDERSTAND--
>> I DON'T WANNA GET NO TROUBLE.

>> WELL...

>> HEY, WAYNE, SHUT THAT THING
OFF, MAN.

GO TALK TO WAYNE THERE.

>> I APPRECIATE IT.

>> SOMETIMES, ALL A MAN NEEDS IS
A PUSH IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

>> DON'T YOU KNOW A GUY?
>> 50 MILES NORTH...

>> WHEN I'M LIKE THIS, YOU RUN
LIKE HELL.

>> MIKE ROSS IS GOING FROM PUSH
TO SHOVE.

[explosion]
>> THAT'S WHAT I CALL DIGGING A
HOLE.

ALL RIGHT.

EVERY TIME OF THE YEAR, WHEN
GINSENG SEASON COMES IN, FROM
HERE TO THE FIRST FROST, IT'S
GONNA BE HELL ON ME TO PROTECT
MY LAND.

BUT I'LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES.

I'M MAKIN' A TRIP DEVICE WITH
THIS HERE PITCHFORK.

SOMEBODY STEPS IN THIS HOLE,
THIS IS GONNA COME UP.

LAND RIGHT ON THEM SPIKES, AND
I GUARANTEE YOU IT'LL HURT.

NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH
POACHERS LIKE THIS BEFORE...

[explosion]
BUT THERE'S A GOLD RUSH, AND THE
PRICE OF GINSENG'S SO HIGH.

I'LL PROTECT MY GINSENG BY ANY
MEANS NECESSARY.

SET UP A COUPLE MORE BOOBY
TRAPS.

[explosions]
CATCH THESE MOTHER[bleep].

THIS IS WHAT I CALL A VENUS FLY
TRAP.

IT'S PRETTY SIMPLE.

POACHER COMES ON MY LAND.

POACHER STEPS ON THIS.

POACHER'S ANKLE'S [bleep].

ONTO THE NEXT STOP.

HERE, WE'RE MAKIN' SOME WEST
VIRGINIA BARBED WIRE, IS WHAT I
LIKE TO CALL IT.

IN THE NIGHTTIME, THEY'RE NOT
GONNA BE ABLE TO SEE THIS.

THEY TRIP ON THIS, IT'LL CHANGE
YOUR MIND ABOUT COMING ON MY
LAND.

NOT TOO TIGHT, NOT TOO LOSE.

JUST RIGHT.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN.

HERE, POACHER, POACHER, POACHER.

>> A MAN CAN TAKE ALL SORTS OF
MEASURES TO PROTECT WHAT'S HIS,
EVEN IF IT MEANS STEPPING
OUTSIDE THE LAW.

>> MONEY TALKS.

>> BUT A FOX ALWAYS FINDS A WAY
INTO THE HEN HOUSE.

>> IF YOU GOT THE MONEY, YOU CAN
DO ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.

>> GINSENG BUYER CORBY PATTON
SHOWED UP LAST WEEK AND HAS BEEN
MAKING FRIENDS WITH TONY'S
NETWORKS OF DIGGERS.

>> THIS IS HOW I'M GONNA TAKE
TONY COFFMAN DOWN: ONE 'SENGER
AT A TIME.

WE'LL SEE IF TONY STAYS IN
BUSINESS MUCH LONGER 'CAUSE I'M
OUT TO GET HIM.

IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE I'LL BE
KNOWN AS THE BEST GINSENG BUYER
IN THIS AREA.

>> CHIPPING AWAY AT A MAN'S
EMPIRE TAKES TIME AND PATIENCE.

DIGGING GINSENG ISN'T MUCH
DIFFERENT.

>> [sighs]
NICE ONE.

WHOO-HOO.

>> OH, THAT'S A NICE PLANT.

FOR A DAY THAT STARTED OUT LIKE
CRAP...

>> HEY, DUDE.

>> WHAT YOU DOING OUT HERE?
>> WHOA.

>> GOT A [bleep] PROBLEM?
[bleep] YOU GUYS.

>> WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, DON'T BE
DOING NOTHING STUPID, BUB.

HE DONE TOOK EVERYTHING.

HE RAPED IT.

>> IT KINDA TURNED OUT WELL.

JUST LIKE GOLD.

>> I JUST CAN'T GET OVER THAT
ROOT, MAN.

THAT THING IS HUGE.

>> GUESS YOUR DAMN WEIGHT RIGHT
THERE.

>> TONY'S GONNA LOVE THIS STUFF.

HEY, YOU THINK THAT GUY'S AROUND
HERE?
[laughs]
IF HE DONE JUST WENT DOWN THERE
JUST A LITTLE BIT FURTHER, MAN,
HE'D HAVE FOUND THIS PATCH.

>> I'M TELLING YOU, MAN, THAT'S
A NICE LITTLE PATCH WE JUST GOT
THERE, AIN'T IT?
>> I THINK THAT--WE GOT A
COUPLE TIMES MORE THAN WHAT HE
GOT AWAY WITH.

>> I TELL YOU.

>> HEY, THERE'S SOMEBODY UP
AGAINST YOUR CAR, BRO.

>> DAMN IT.

>> DAMN, DAMN.

>> WHO THE [bleep] IS LEANING ON
MY CAR?
HE SURE AS [bleep] DON'T LOOK
LIKE NO FARMER.

>> I THINK TOO OUT OF THE WAY TO
BE A GAME WARDEN.

>> I GOT $4,000 WORTH OF 'SENG
HERE.

I DON'T KNOW IF THIS GUY'S HERE
TO JACK ME OR WHAT.

>> HEY, THERE'S SOMEBODY UP
AGAINST YOUR CAR, BRO.

>> DAMN IT.

>> DAMN.

>> WHO THE [bleep] IS LEANING
ON MY CAR?
HE SURE AS [bleep] DON'T LOOK
LIKE NO FARMER.

>> HE TOO OVERWEIGHT TO BE A
GAME WARDEN.

>> I GOT $4,000 WORTH OF 'SENG
HERE.

I DON'T KNOW IF THIS GUY'S HERE
TO JACK ME OR WHAT.

OH, I MEAN--
YEAH, SO WE JUST GO AND SEE WHAT
THE HELL HE'S DOING, MAN.

>> COME ON.

[tense music]
♪ ♪
HEY, GUY.

WHAT YOU LEANING UP AGAINST MY
CAR FOR?
>> CORBY PATTON.

THEY CALL ME "THE GENERAL."
I BUY GINSENG.

>> WE'RE NOT USED TO COMING OUT
OF THE WOODS WITH SOME GUY
SITTING UP AGAINST OUR CAR, YOU
KNOW?
WE'RE KIND OF WARY OF THAT.

>> RON, I HEAR YOU'RE THE BEST
GINSENG DIGGER IN SEVEN
COUNTIES.

>> YOU DIDN'T HEAR NOTHING ABOUT
ME?
>> I KNEW HE HAD A PARTNER.

I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW
I'M OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

>> [groans]
MAN, WE ALREADY GOT A WAY TO GET
RID OF OUR 'SENG HERE.

WE DON'T NEED ANYBODY FROM THE
OUTSIDE COMING IN, SHAKING THAT
UP.

I DON'T LIKE TONY COFFMAN, BUT
HIS FAMILY AND MY FAMILY HAVE
BEEN DOING BUSINESS FOR
GENERATIONS.

>> MAYBE HE'S JUST TRYING TO GET
TO THE BEST 'SENGERS, MAN.

DON'T FORGET: I'LL PAY MORE
MONEY.

>> I'LL THINK ABOUT IT.

>> YOU'LL BE SEEING ME AROUND.

>> WHO KNOWS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN
IF WE SOLD TO SOMEONE ELSE?
TONY MAY NEVER BUY FROM US
AGAIN.

>> I GOT MY HOOKS IN.

I'LL GET HIM.

>> SNEAKING UP ON A MAN IN THE
WOODS ISN'T THE BEST WAY TO MAKE
FRIENDS.

SOMETIMES, YOU NEED A GUIDE TO
HELP YOU FIND YOUR WAY.

>> TONY'S GUY HOOKED ME UP WITH
A MAN THAT KNOWS THIS AREA REAL
WELL.

I'M SURE HOPING THERE'LL BE SOME
GOOD GINSENG SPOTS 'CAUSE I DAMN
SURE NEED SOME.

MAYBE THIS IS HIM.

THAT'S A ROUGH-LOOKING CRITTER.

EWOK.

WHO WOULD HAVE A [bleep] NAME
LIKE EWOK?
>> THAT'D BE ME.

>> NAME'S GREG.

>> GREG.

>> GLAD TO MEET YOU.

GET MY LITTLE BABY HERE.

WHERE IN THE HELL DID YOU GET
THAT NAME AT ANYWAY, EWOK?
>> I'M THE FURRY, LITTLE
WOODLAND CREATURE, WHY YOU
THINK?
I MEAN, LOOK AT ME.

>> [sighs]
THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO
THE PATCH OF GINSENG?
>> IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO
THIS GINSENG.

IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

I MEAN, IF YOU WAS WALKING IN,
YOU'D HAVE TO WALK 40 MILES TO
GET IN.

>> DAMN. WELL, GOOD.

>> SO HOW YOU KNOW THESE BOYS?
>> I'VE KNOWN ALL THESE BOYS.

I JUST GOT IN TOWN A COUPLE DAYS
AGO.

>> WHERE YOU FROM?
>> FROM GEORGIA.

>> GEORGIA?
>> YEAH, THAT'D BE MY TOWN.

>> ALL RIGHT.

YES, I'M GONNA DO IT 'CAUSE I
SAID I WOULD.

BUT IT DON'T MAKE ME NONE TOO
HAPPY.

>> I DON'T CARE, MAN.

GET YOUR ASS IN HERE.

>> ALL RIGHT, LET'S GO.

>> I SURE APPRECIATE YOU DOING
THIS FOR ME.

>> WELL, I'M GONNA TAKE YOU.

AIN'T THAT I REALLY WANT TO, BUT
I SAID I WOULD, SO A MAN'S GOTTA
BE A MAN OF HIS WORD.

SO WHY AIN'T YOU IN GEORGIA
DIGGING GINSENG INSTEAD OF BEING
UP HERE DIGGING OUR GINSENG?
>> I GOT MY REASONS.

>> YOU GOT YOUR REASONS?
>> YES, SIR.

>> YOU SOUND ABOUT LIKE A YANKEE
AND NOT A GEORGIAN.

>> HOW FAR YOU TAKING ME DOWN
THIS [bleep]DAMN RIVER ANYWAY?
>> FAR ENOUGH TO GET TO THE
GINSENG PATCH.

YOU WANNA GO DIG GINSENG, DON'T
YOU?
>> I DO.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> HOW MUCH LONGER IS IT GONNA
BE BEFORE I GET DOWN HERE TO MY
HONEY HOLE?
>> THOUGHT I TOLD YOU THAT I'D
GET YOU DOWN THERE.

QUIT BEING A LITTLE GIRL.

YOU'RE IN MY BOAT ON MY RIVER
IN MY STATE.

YOU GOT THAT?
>> I CAN DIG GINSENG RIGHT
THERE.

WHY DON'T YOU LET ME OUT, LET ME
DIG A LITTLE GINSENG RIGHT HERE?
>> NO, I'M TAKING YOU WHERE
I SAID I'D TAKE YOU.

THAT'S WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR.

OVER HERE'S WHERE YOUR GINSENG
IS.

KEEP PADDLING.

>> YOU SURE THAT GINSENG'S OVER
HERE?
>> I'M POSITIVE THERE'S GINSENG.

JUST BE HAPPY THAT YOU'RE OUT
HERE.

HERE YOU GO, WE'RE GONNA HIT THE
BANK.

>> [mutters indistinctly]
>> ALL RIGHT, THAT'S GOOD.

>> SO YOU THINK THERE'S GINSENG
AROUND HERE?
>> THERE'S GINSENG UP THERE.

I TOLD YOU I'D BRING YOU TO THE
GINSENG.

NOW, I BROUGHT YOU.

GET TO HUNTING.

>> [sighs]
[whistles]
GOTTA FIND SOME DAMN GINSENG,
MAN.

IT'D BE GREAT.

WE GET UP ON HERE, AND WE GET IN
THIS GINSENG PATCH.

BUT I AIN'T A-SEEIN' NONE.

I'VE WALKED 200--250 YARDS
IN HERE.

HE DIDN'T SAY NOTHING ABOUT NO
FALLEN-DOWN TREES IN THE BIG
JUNGLE IN HERE LIKE THIS.

[bleep].

OH, [bleep].

GO, GO, GO, GO, GO.

GO, BOY.

WHAT HAPPENED?
HEY! HEY!
WHERE IN THE HELL ARE YOU GOING?
COME BACK, MAN, I NEED A DAMN
RIDE OUT OF HERE.

YOU MOTHER[bleep].

>> [bleep].

GO, GO, GO, GO, GO.

GO, BOYS.

ALL RIGHT.

HEY!
HEY!
WHERE IN THE HELL ARE YOU GOING?
COME BACK, MAN.

I NEED A DAMN RIDE OUT OF HERE.

YOU MOTHER[bleep].

SON OF A BITCH.

CAMERAMAN, I GUESS WE [bleep].

HE'S LEFT OUR ASS.

NO WAY TO CATCH HIM.

HE LEFT ME AND YOU JUST HIGH
AND DRY OUT HERE.

SO MUCH FOR THAT SOUTHERN
HOSPITALITY.

SON OF A BITCH, LEAVE A MAN IN
THE DAMN WOODS LIKE THIS.

I HOPE I DON'T FIND THAT
BASTARD WHEN I GET OUT OF HERE.

[sighs]
CAN'T BELIEVE THAT SON OF A
BITCH RUN OFF AND LEFT US.

[sighs]
TAKE US AT LEAST A DAY TO WALK
BACK TO THE TRUCK.

WE AIN'T A-GOIN' NOWHERE
TONIGHT.

THAT AIN'T GONNA STOP ME FROM
DIGGING GINSENG IN THESE PARTS.

I'LL SHOW 'EM.

I'LL DIG THE MOST IN THIS
COUNTRY'S EVER BEEN DUG.

I'M USED TO CAMPING, BUT WE
DON'T HAVE NO TENT, NO FOOD, AND
IT'S GONNA GET REALLY COLD
TONIGHT TOO, ESPECIALLY BESIDES
THIS DAMN RIVER.

LEAST I GOT A GUN.

WE DON'T HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY
ABOUT NO WAY BUT A BEAR.

>> BEAR?
>> YEAH, A DAMN BEAR.

EAT YOUR ASS.

[exhales]
[snoring]
[rustling]
WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?
LISTEN. LISTEN.

DAMN IT.

WHERE IN THE HELL YOU AT?
DAMN IT.

OH, THIS AIN'T GOOD.

WHAT THE--
[gunshots]
HA, I GOT DINNER NOW.

I GOT ME A DAMN SQUIRREL.

I'MA GUT THIS SON OF A BITCH,
AND WE'LL EAT IT.

COOK THIS THING ON A GOOD BIRCH
LIMB, PUT A GOOD FLAVOR IN HIM,
AND THEN GET ME A LITTLE OLD
HICKORY STICK, AND LAY IN THERE,
AND LET IT CHARCOAL HIM.

AW, HE'LL BE JUST RIGHT.

YOU'LL HAVE THE FULL FLAVOR OF
A HICKORY SQUIRREL.

MMM, THAT'S SOME GOOD [bleep] UP
HERE IN THESE MOUNTAINS.

THAT'S HOW YOU SURVIVE IN
APPALACHIA.

>> narrator: A FEW HOLLERS
OVER, MIKE ROSS SETTLES IN FOR
ANOTHER NIGHT OF WATCHING AND
WAITING.

>> BROUGHT ME DINNER FOR
TONIGHT.

I FIGURE IT'D BE A LONG ONE.

SOME GOOD OLD DEER JERKY.

[western music]
♪ ♪
I WORKED ALL DAY FOR THIS PLACE
TO BE SECURE.

AND DAMN IT, IT'S GONNA BE
SECURE.

I DON'T CARE HOW LONG IT TAKES.

I'MA TRAP ME A POACHER.

I GOT MY ATV, SO THEY AIN'T
GONNA GET AWAY THIS TIME.

GINSENG'S WORTH A LOT OF MONEY.

A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT
IT, BUT AT WINTER, IT CAN BE UP
TO $100.

[branches breaking]
>> [sneezes]
>> GOD BLESS YOU, MOTHER[bleep].

>> [bleep].

[engine starts]
[tense music]
♪ ♪
[explosion]
>> OH, [bleep].

>> I DON'T CARE HOW LONG IT
TAKES.

I'MA TRAP ME A POACHER.

[branches breaking]
>> [sneezes]
>> GOD BLESS YOU, MOTHER[bleep].

>> [bleep].

[engine starts]
[tense music]
♪ ♪
[explosion]
>> OH, [bleep].

[bleep].

[bleep] DAMN IT.

>> GOOD OLD VENUS FLYTRAP.

I THINK I LOST THOSE GUYS.

I MISSED 'EM THIS TIME.

THIS IS THE LAST TIME THEM
POACHERS ARE GETTING AWAY.

THE LAST TIME.

[western music]
♪ ♪
>> narrator: AFTER A LONG COLD
NIGHT...

>> WHERE THE HELL ARE WE?
>> narrator: GREG'S GOT AN EVEN
LONGER DAY AHEAD.

>> SON OF A BITCH RUN OFF AND
LEAVE YOU IN A PLACE LIKE THIS.

[bleep] HIM.

THAT [bleep] EWOK.

I KNEW THAT GUY WAS SCREWED IN
THE HEAD WHEN I GOT IN THE DAMN
BOAT WITH HIM.

I KNOW THAT SON OF A BITCH
WASN'T RIGHT.

I'M SURE I CAN FIND MY WAY
BACK.

OH, [bleep].

GINSENG THROUGH HERE.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU, LORD.

>> narrator: GREG'S GOT A WAY
TO GO BEFORE HE'S OUT OF THE
WOODS.

BACK IN BIRCH RIVER,
SO DOES TONY COFFMAN.

>> I HOPE THAT'S ALL 'SENG, NOT
YELLOW ROOT.

OH, I NEED IT.

I'M RUNNING BEHIND THIS WEEK.

NEED A FEW MORE OF THE BIG ONES
IN THERE.

THEY DON'T WANT THAT WHITE
STUFF.

>> THANK YOU MUCH.

>> MY REPUTATION'S ON THE LINE.

I GAVE MY WORD BECAUSE IF I CAN
GET IT DONE, I'M GONNA BE THE
MAN TO COME TO WHEN IT COMES TO
BUYING GINSENG IN AMERICA.

>> IS THAT HER?
>> THAT'S PRETTY STUFF.

I WISH YOU HAD A LITTLE BIT
MORE.

1,928 BUCKS.

IS THAT--THAT'S ALL YOU GOT FOR
ME TODAY?
>> YES, SIR, THAT'S ALL I GOT.

>> WELL, SHE'LL GET YOU RIGHT
OVER THERE.

>> 2 POUNDS, 6 1/2.

SOMETHING'S WRONG.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS, BUT I
HAVEN'T HEARD FROM ANY OF MY
GUYS.

I'M RUNNING WAY SHORT.

I NEED MY REGULARS.

THAT'S WHAT I NEED, AND THEY'RE
NOT SHOWING UP.

I-I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON,
BUT THEY BETTER GET THEIR BUTTS
HERE.

IN ALL MY YEARS, I HAVE NEVER
MISSED AN ORDER.

THIS MIGHT BE THE VERY ONE I
LOSE.

[knocks at door]
>> I SEE IT.

COME ON IN.

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT THERE?
MY GOD, MAN.

>> I APPRECIATE THAT TIP YOU
GIVE ME.

>> ALL RIGHT, MAN.

YEAH.

>> THAT'S SOME PRETTY
GOOD-LOOKING GINSENG THERE.

YOUR GUY IN YOUR SHOP, IDIOT
THAT HE SENT ME UPRIVER WITH, HE
ABANDONED ME, JUST RUN OFF AND
LEFT ME.

>> OH, NO.

>> THAT DAMN EWOK, AFTER HE SET
ME OUT AND FLIPPED ME OFF GOING
DOWN THE RIVER.

>> [bleep].

HEY!
WELL, THAT [bleep] BACKFIRED ON
HIM.

HE PUT ME OUT.

I FOUND ALL OF HIS DAMN
GINSENG, SO I WENT AND DUG IT.
>> I DON'T SEE ANYTHING WRONG
WITH THAT.

>> I TOLD YOU I COULD DIG
GINSENG.

>> NOT BAD.

>> CLOSE TO 12 POUND.

>> MAN, I MIGHT STAKE YOU A
LITTLE BIT SINCE YOU'RE NEW.

I TELL YOU: SUPER GOOD QUALITY.

COULDN'T COME AT A BETTER TIME
TOO.

I'MA GET YOU 1000 A POUND ON
THIS.

>> HELL, YES.

THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.

>> 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13,
14.

>> I APPRECIATE IT A LOT.

>> GREAT, HE CAME THROUGH.

HE SURPRISED ME, REALLY GOOD
DIGGER.

WE'RE CUTTING IT CLOSE.

I'M ONLY THREE POUNDS SHORT NOW,
BUT THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE WE'LL
MAKE THIS QUOTA.

>> $1000 A POUND.

>> narrator: ONLY A FEW MILES
AWAY...

>> WELL, I DON'T WANT TO BE 15
MINUTES LATE AGAIN.

>> I-I'LL TALK TO HIM THIS TIME.

>> narrator: RON AND OBIE ARE
ALSO LOOKING TO CASH IN.

>> THIS RIGHT HERE'LL BRING YOU
RIGHUP ON COLD KNOB.

>> OH, YEAH?
MAN, WE GOT LOST UP HERE ONE
TIME AND COME OUT OF THERE, MAN,
BUT WE COME OUT OF THERE WITH A
LOT OF 'SENG THAT DAY, MAN.

>> MAN, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING
ON, MAN?
WE GOT A GUY UP ON OUR ASS.

[horn honking]
MOTHER[bleep].

MAN, HE'S PASSING US.

>> DAMN.

>> OH, LORD, IT'S THAT BUYER--
>> STOP, HE'S STOPPING.

STOP.

>> TAKES SOME BALLS TO PULL A
GUY OVER.

I'LL GIVE HIM THAT.

>> DAMN, MAN.

WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING
TRYING TO CUT US OFF?
>> YOU GUYS THOUGHT ABOUT MY
PROPOSITION YET?
>> PROPOSITION?
>> HEY, I KNOW TONY HAS BEEN
LOW-BALLING YOU GUYS FOR A LONG
TIME.

I ALWAYS PAID BETTER THAN TONY.

>> LOOK, HE GOES RIGHT TO
BUSINESS TOO.

I KIND OF LIKE YOU.

>> BUT WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
>> MY NAME'S THE GENERAL.

LET ME LOOK AT THE 'SENG.

CAN I SEE IT?
>> IT'S JUST 'SENG, MAN.

DAMN.
>> IF IT'S GOOD GINSENG, I'LL
BEAT TONY COFFMAN'S PRICE ANY
DAY.

LET ME GET A GOOD LOOK AT IT.

>> GENERAL, I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU
FOUND US.

>> THEY'LL LIKE THIS.

SEE THE RINGS ON IT?
YEAH, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT
I WANT.

I KNOW THAT YOU AND TONY COFFMAN
ARE NOT THE BEST OF FRIENDS.

I'M GONNA OFFER YOU $1,100 A
POUND.

THAT'S $100 MORE THAN TONY'S
OFFER.

>> LOYALTY IS A BIG DEAL AROUND
HERE.

WHO KNOWS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF
WE SOLD TO SOMEONE ELSE?
BUT, ON THE OTHER HAND, WE BOTH
NEED THE MONEY.

>> I HATE DEALING WITH TONY'S
LOW-BALLING ASS.

IF HE'S OFFERING THAT MUCH MORE
MONEY THAN EVERYBODY ELSE, I
HAVE NO PROBLEM.

>> PLEASURE DOING BUSINESS WITH
YOU.

>> YOU JUST KEEP BRINGING THE
MONEY, AND WE'LL BRING THE
'SENG.

>> YOU GOT THE MONEY, WE GOT THE
'SENG.

LAST WEEK'S PAYOUT WITH TONY WAS
A BAD DEAL.

WELL, THERE'S A NEW GAME IN
TOWN, AND, I MEAN, THERE'S NO
TURNING BACK.

>> MONEY TALKS.

TONY COFFMAN DON'T GIVE A
[bleep] ABOUT US.

>> LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS NOW.

>> ♪ WHOO-HOO, IN THE MONEY ♪
>> [bleep].

>> WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO?
>> NEVER FAILED L--MAKING AN
ORDER IN MY LIFE.

THIS IS GONNA BE THE FIRST TIME.

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL
HAPPENED.

[phone ringing]
>> narrator: NEXT TIME ON
APPALACHIAN OUTLAWS...
>> WHEN PEOPLE GET GINSENG
FEVER, NEVER KNOW WHO TO TRUST.

>> THIS IS OUR LAND.

OUR GINSENG.

>> I GOT TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY
AS I CAN WHILE I'M UP HERE.

>> DAMN. HELP ME.

>> HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW, BITCHES?
>> LET ME SEE THE MONEY FIRST.

>> I GOT TO SEE THE GINSENG.

YOU AIN'T GONNA SEE [bleep].

>> OH, MY GOD.

>> IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR
YOU, YOU GET YOUR ASS BACK DOWN
WHERE YOU CAME FROM.

>> YOU DON'T SCARE ME.

>> BUDDY, THAT'S BECAUSE YOU
AIN'T GOT NO SENSE.

>> IF THE THUNDER DON'T GET 'EM,
THE LIGHTNING WILL.

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