Where Is Shelby Stanga Today? Age, Wife, Arrested, Accident, Net Worth

The legend Shelby Stanga is a reality tv star and a presenter who never ceases to amaze his fans.

Also known as ‘The Swamp Man, he claims he learned things from nature and calls swamps and forests his home.

Let’s know more about him below.

Shelby Stanga Quick Facts

Full NameShelby Stanga
Nick NameShelby
Birth DateJanuary 17, 1960
Age63 years old
Birth PlaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA
EducationNot Disclosed
Father’s NameNot Disclosed
Mother’s NameNot Disclosed
Biological SiblingsNot Disclosed
Half SiblingsN/A
Height5.9 feet (1.75 m)
Weight85 kg (187 lbs)
Shoe Size12 US Size
Hair ColorSalt & Pepper
Eye ColorHazel
Body MeasurementNot Disclosed
Physique (Figure)Muscular
Relationship StatusMarried
PartnerDonna Graff
Son1 son
Daughter1 daughter
ProfessionSwampman, Reality TV Star
Net Worth$2 million
Social Media

Did Shelby Stanga Die in an Accident?

A couple of years ago, news surfaced that Shelby passed away because of an injury while shooting for his show ‘Ax Men.

It became very hot news and made headlines for a couple of days.

Stanga did get into an accident but fortunately, it did not fatally harm. He was perfectly healthy and fine.

Many of the fans got furious over the makers of the show because it wasn’t the first time news of someone’s death from their cast went viral.

However, viewers soon settled, given the show’s history of staging accidents now and then.

Perhaps a publicity stunt?

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Who Is Shelby Stanga & Why Is He Famous?

Shelby is a talented reality TV personality and a presenter.

Shelby Stanga
Shelby Stanga. (Instagram)

From a very young age, Shelby wanted to make a career for himself in the television industry.

And let’s say his wish turned into reality sooner than he expected.

Shelby loved jungle and swamp areas; during his free time, he would visit the swamps and learn survival skills.

Today, Stanga has successfully established himself as a reality TV star. He appeared in “Ax Men” and “The Swamp Man.”

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Shelby Stanga Married Life, Wife Kids

The face of “Ax Men,” Shelby Stanga, has been happily married to Donna Stanga since the early 2000s after a long time of dating each other.

Shelby Stanga with wife Donna Stanga
Shelby Stanga with wife Donna Stanga. (Facebook)

His wife Donna is Jehovah’s Witness, and the couple appeared together in an episode of Jehovah’s Witness.

Shelby and Donna Have Two Children

Shelby and his wife live a happy and serene life together in a comfortable house in Louisiana near lake Pontchartrain.

Donna Stanga with relatives
Donna Stanga with relatives. (Donna/Facebook)

The couple rebuffs media attention and prefers to remain low-key about their marriage or family.

This has created a soft image of Donna, as many people think that she’s not as tough as Shelby.

However, in reality, Donna has done and still does stuff that most refrain from doing or simply cannot do.

She has jumped into the waters and pulled logs, driven the boat, camped under an umbrella in the swamp (impressive), and sometimes even outfished the swampman.

In every way, Donna is the real Swamp Queen.

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Shelby Stanga Early Life, Parents

The famous survival expert Shelby Stanga was born on January 17, 1960, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Stanga is 63 years old, and his zodiac sign is Capricorn.

Since the age of 9-year-old, Stanga’s mother raised him as a single mother.

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Shelby got his very first job at the age of 16.

He loved going to the swamps and wandering in the woods.

When people noticed his frequent visits to the swamps, some people would ask him to bring wood and logs from the swamps.

Stanga then started working as a wood logger during his early teens.

In the year 2006, Shelby started to appear in the reality TV show “Man vs. Wild.”

While he was a part of this show, the makers of another show took an interest in him.

They closely observed his skills and soon decided to offer him a reality TV show.

Shelby started appearing like a tree logger for the show “Ax Men,” which aired on the History Channel in 2008.

Shelby Stanga at work
Shelby Stanga at work. (Instagram)

In the year 2009, Shelby joined the team of “Ax Men.”

He was part of three full seasons of this reality TV show. This show took his career and stardom to new heights.

In subsequent years, Shelby appeared in a spin-off named “The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man.”

He appeared in a total of 10 seasons and 163 episodes before leaving because the producers did not pay him the promised amount.

After this, the legend took a long break from the industry.

And he returned with a bang in 2018 with yet another spin-off, “The Return of Shelby the Swamp Man.”

In this show, he took on some extreme challenges in the wild.

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Why Was Shelby Arrested In 2014?

Many do not know this, but Shelby was arrested in 2014 for the murder of a cypress tree that belonged to his neighbor.

A little enthusiastic with his ax, Shelby cut down a cypress tree in the swamp that apparently lived on his neighbor’s property.

Given the fact that the cypress tree has been the official state tree of Louisiana since 1963, Stanga’s neighbor called the authorities.

Interestingly, this is an old matter, as the neighbor accused Stanga of cutting down the tree three years prior, in 2011.

Shelby, who was arrested on a Monday, was released from confinement the very next day.

He was charged with felony theft.

Stanga never talked about his arrest publicly, which gives the impression that the matter has since been resolved.

Shelby Stanga Net Worth

Shelby had an estimated net worth of $2 million as of 2023.

His huge part of his net worth is from his career in television reality shows.

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Where Is Shelby Stanga In 2023?

Shelby, to this date, is passionately following his hobby and reaching more heights in his career.

The love for swamps and forests hasn’t changed for this swamp man.

Furthermore, the Stanga is currently starring in his latest reality show, “The Return of Legend Shelby, The Swamp Man,” which only ran in 2018.

Shelby Stanga Age

Shelby Stanga is 63 years old. He was born on January 17, 1960, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Shelby Stanga Wife

Shelby Stanga is married to Donna Stanga. The couple have two children together.

Shelby Stanga Net Worth

Shelby Stanga has a net worth of $2 million in 2023.


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29 thoughts on “Where Is Shelby Stanga Today? Age, Wife, Arrested, Accident, Net Worth”

    • I love Shelby even husband and my aunt we forward ax men until we find him if he isn’t on one then we go to one that does

  1. I would like to get Specific info. on the Green Helmet Light unit Shelby Uses while Driving his Boat thru the Swamps. It seems to be an aluminum Cone , with Bright LED’s and a black wire probably connected to a Battery Pack, or his Boat Battery. Any Ideas? Please Answer Back with the Brand or Where to Purchase The Light Unit, Thank You, Wm. Watson. Los Angeles, Calif.

  2. Usually on Saturdays, Ax Men is on I believe from 12:00 noon into the evening. I watch it on channel 41-6, Defy TV. I love Shelby. He is so crazy and funny! I hope that I can watch The Swamp Man.

  3. Hello Shelby I love watching all your shows and you are just so down to earth
    So I hope you will give us more of your shows for my lifetime anyway because I’m 70 and I could live out the rest of my life watching your shows lol

  4. This guy is great, I am a logger in the north woods of Michigan and he is for real no bs from Shelby I have been down there in Louisiana and it is beautiful keep it up big buddy we need people like you in this world

  5. We luv yu Shelby!!!!! We live in Oregon n watch yur show all the time! Yu just make us laugh a lot n get a kick out of the way yu do things !!! Barefoot n funny !!!!

  6. Hey Shelby~
    we watch yur shows faithfully when they come on and we have laughed at some of the things you do … yu are quite a character and amazing! We luv to watch yu fire that BIG gun as well as drive the BIG water bug !!! yu make the show so enjoyable and we would luv to meet yu someday if we ever get back to Louisiana! My home town is New Iberia and I have family in N O …Baton Rouge… Houma… Youngsville… Lafayette and Broussard !!! I now live in Oregon and miss my home town but hope to get back there someday and see all my relatives!!! Well, Bless you n yur family and be safe and keep on getting those nice logs~

  7. Love this Guy! I laugh when I watch him and I always talk back to him! Lol someone I would love to meet him and his wife! She has to be a patient woman! 😆

  8. Yea Shelbly so funny he makes laughs so hard my head hurts an tears runing out my eyes , I mussel dive for 27 years an love driveing boat fast on water an at night , but I tell people all time I love get out him on his jet boat hang him for couple weeks , keep on keeping on big logs Shelby an turtle soup papa .!an I’ve never watch comedy show that funny Shelby.

  9. I luv ya Shelby. I’m 56 and on disability. I have beat 3 cancer’s. You are on my bucket list for sure. I would luv to meet you more than anyone. Thanks for the laughs. You could make a happiest day of life. Luv y’all Cindy

  10. Thats a good one papaw. Shelby you kick that swamps butt everytime. I always enjoy listening and watching you. I,m from Kentucky so I can relate to shooten up crap with my family and friends everytime we head to the mountains. O boy keep on loggin and livin large. Thank you for helping me pass the time while I heal from my surgery (s). You have been a blessing.

  11. Miss you Shelby!! You’re never far from my thoughts, but not on any TV programming that we have around here in WA. Me and my hubby say That’s a good one Pawpaw all the time. Wish only the best for you and yours.

  12. Shelby i love your show its very educational and funny you need your own reality show youre very entertaining i wish you wouls mention my name on the show as your friend that you wanna give a shout out too
    Thanks for being
    A great entertainer
    Your friend angie himes

  13. Love watching your show swamp man you deserve your own hour long show on tv you make us laugh and your very educational to trees and animals of the swamp just mention me your friend angie himes on the show please ive watched you forever enjoy all your episodes

  14. I live in Florida and my husband and I are going on a vacation of a lifetime and really would love to meet Shelby and Donna Stanga while we are in Louisiana! Is this possible? I also want to go to the store (treasures) !! Love you Shelby and Donna Stanga!

  15. I don’t know what to put down for the web site so sorry!!!!
    We would absolutely LOVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY to Meet You … Sir!!!
    Connie Jo


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