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Animal Planet series will feature man who lives and works on the Great Pee Dee River

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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) -  A new Animal Planet series called "American River Renegades" will feature one man who lives and works on the Great Pee Dee River. 

Ricky Jayroe has been working in the rice fields since he was about 12-years-old with his dad.

"The best thing you can do with a youngin' is put him on a boat send him to the Pee Dee and let him paddle and fish and learn to take care of himself, let him walk around with no shoes and without a cell phone it isn't going to kill him, but that's what we've done and look at me I didn't come out that bad," said Jayroe.

On Wednesday, Jayroe was out checking on his trunk, a water control device to make sure the rice fields are draining properly. 

Jayroe said all the work will help natural duck food to grow, so the land is ready during duck hunting season. 

But the river isn't just a source of income for Jayroe. He lives around the tide and even the food he eats is from around the water. 

"It just gets in your blood and everyday you want to get up and come out here, and everyday you want to see what's changing and you notice all the changes," said Jayroe. 

And now, on a new Animal Planet show, his story will be featured along with others who like him sustain life working on the river. 

"[You can expect] family time, trying to teach the children how to be safe and how to maybe carry it on, they can expect to see us catching a few of the hogs [too]," said Jayroe.

He said he's humbled for the opportunity and the chance to show people the old ways still work.

"American River Renegades" premieres on June 15th on Animal Planet and will air through mid-July.
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