Ax Men Season 9 returns with even higher stakes and more danger at every turn. This season offers a 360 view of what it takes to grow a logging empire. After losing King of the Mountain, Rygaard is on the brink of collapse, while rival Papac Alaska is tackling a dangerous island steeped in lore – an island that may hold the keys to a large deposit of gold. Not to be outdone, River crews are hunting down legends of their own from sunken logging trains to mysterious merchant ships. Shelby the Swampman is upping the ante on a journey to find a lost sawmill that could promise a record payday.