History Channel’s “Alone” to feature Milton Outdoorsman Clay Hayes

Milton Hayes clay was built and bred for the History Channel TV show in which America is set to watch him compete next week.

“Only,” which launches its eighth season on Thursday, June 3, is a reality show that strips 10 contestants of their tech, gives them 10 survival items, and drops them off in a secluded nature. One by one, these contestants pull out until a winner receives $ 500,000 at the end of the season.

“There are 10 people and you are all dropped off individually, so you never see any of the other nine people. You are on your own,” said Hayes, who shares her residence between Milton and Idaho. “They give you a (satellite) phone that should only be used in an emergency. So if you can’t find enough to eat or get too skinny or things like that, you can call and type. So it’s like a battle of attrition. ”

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Hayes, 30, has been an outdoor enthusiast for as long as he could walk. Growing up in Hayes Ranch, a local landmark in Milton, Hayes would hunt and fish, and a little later in his life he began making his own primitive crossbows and weapons, which was the genesis of his YouTube channel.

“I’ve always been interested in survival type stuff and just making a living off the land,” Hayes said. “I always wanted to be a bit of a mountain man, the type to live in the woods. So yeah, I spent an awful lot of time in the woods learning these things. Not because I ever did. thought it would turn into anything, that’s just what I loved to do. “

Hayes’ mother, Sandra, has spent most of her adult life teaching in the Santa Rosa public school system. She said that while she was doing this, her son had gone to immerse himself in nature.

“Here on this farm, we’re right next to a big swamp, and he was there when he was 10 years old grabbing moccasins and skinning them and doing all that,” said Sandra Hayes. “He’s had this interest his whole life, ever since he was a little kid.”

Season eight was filmed entirely on the shores of Lake Chilko, British Columbia, Canada.

The Milton native said his time on the show was a major change from everyday life.

“One of the great values ​​of spending time there is that it’s time without being distracted alone with your thoughts,” Hayes said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “And that’s something that’s incredibly hard to find these days. We’re always distracted by something. Whether it’s dealing with people, social media, television, so just the right time to go. ‘be alone with your thoughts and look within. This soul-searching is something very few people get it these days and it has tremendous value. “

According to his biography on the History Channel website, Hayes was given the following in his quest to win the show: a sleeping bag, a pot, an ax, a saw, a multitool, a bow with arrows, a paracord , a fishing line with hooks, snare line and ferro rods.

The first episode of the new season of “Alone” on June 3 will air at 8:30 am CST. Watch a preview of the new season now at this link.

Jake Newby can be reached at [email protected] or 850-435-8538.