Where did Bill McConnell go on Dual Survival?


In January 2016 Dual Survival hosted an AMA on facebook here. Grady Powell answered several questions. Bill McConnell and Grady Powell were the hosts on Dual Survival Season 7.

If you watched #dualsurvival on Twitter you would know that a lot of fans didn’t care for Bill. I liked him. At first I thought he was annoying but then I realized that this guy Bill knows a hell of a lot more about survival than I do. And I am watching the show to learn about survival, not to find a soul mate.

In the Facebook AMA some of the questions people asked Grady are outlined below. Please see the actual AMA using the link above on Dual Survival’s official Facebook page.

Is Bill really that annoying face to face? Or does he just seem that way on the show?

Grady: TV magic. we were in a very stressful situation, we had great times out there, but as you see, we also butt heads quite a bit. we all have our days. you just havent seen mine yet.

Why is Bill McConnell gone?

The AMA took place on 1/27/2016 which was the day of Season 7 Episode 3. So I am sure Bill grew on some people.

Honestly, I’m not sure why Bill is gone. But I don’t think this was a new career for him to begin with; I think he was just doing 1 season to begin with.

Bill has a business where he teaches survival skills.

I just read on Bill’s Discovery Bio that he trained alongside Tom Brown Jr. for almost 10 years. That is awesome. A Tom Brown book is actually what drove me to love survival and tracking.

I should also point out that not everyone thinks Bill is annoying. Over on his business’s Facebook page a fan wrote “Hey Bill, I just got through watching the 2nd epsd. of Dual Survival. Just wanted to say a quick hello, & let you know that your approach to life with such a careing heart is truely awsome. You struck me as the type who would always be there even when things get tough, with a lot of heart, & a hand on a shoulder giving support. I would guess those lucky enough to call you a friend find it a little easier to face their day with a smile. Your obvious concern and respect for both your partner Grady and for nature itself is truely inspiring. I really enjoyed the show. Stay strong my brother! I dont know much about Facebook, so I’m not sure you’ll even get this, but you rock!

Anyways, I think Bill was great.

Bill’s goodbye

Make of it what you will. On his Facebook page Bill wrote this:

“Thank you to “Discovery” for the survival world tour. It was an incredible journey, one I will never forget.
“Dual” fans, it was an honor to be the most recent primitive survivalist, on such an esteemed show. Thank you for welcoming me into your home, for the past few months, on Wednesday nights. Hopefully you learned a few things that will bring you closer to nature, and that will keep you and your family safe, in the outdoors.
I have been blessed with the most amazing family and friends, thanks most of all, to y’all…”

I can’t wait to see what Season 8 of Dual Survival brings.

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45 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    I thought Bill was one of the best teachers on the show. That man knows. the. woods.

  2. Bills an idiot says:

    Bill is an idiot… He don’t have a clue what he’s doing, he talks a good talk then let’s the team down everytime… Don’t say you shit gold then produce bronze.

  3. tuppence says:

    Bill is different in a wonderful way, lots of people cant relate to someone different from the norm. Just think if we were all like sheep following each other what boring lives we would live.

  4. peg says:

    The very first show that featured Bill showed what an idiot he is. Bill & Grady were checking out a cave, and the concern that it might be filled with gas was a valid one, so they agreed to light the only match they had to see if it would blow out from the gas. Fine & dandy, but they could have had a tender bundle ready to go to light, a fire ready to go if the match stayed lit. Instead, they spent a very cold night unnecessarily. And the rest of the shows Bill was hit & miss starting fires. What a waste of life

    • Anonymous says:

      He missed, starting 1 fire. 1. Watch the show before you talk like you know something. You waste of life.

    • James says:

      They were on top of a volcano above treeline. Neither Bill or Grady suggested using the match to start a fire in that location because there was nothing to start a fire with in that location. If they had the supplies for a fire they wouldn’t have been arguing about if they should stay in the cave in the first place. The whole argument was Bill wanted to go were there was resources and Grady wanted to stay were there were no resources and thus nothing to make a fire out of. If they went down to get the supplies for the fire they would have stayed lower as Bill wanted to do. Why the heck would you use all that energy to walk back up to the cave with piles of wood just to stay above treeline, with lower oxygen levels, with less resources, in a cave on a recently active volcano.

      As far as that first episode Bill was the only one to get a fire and as for future episodes Bill is the one that almost always makes fire. Clearly in that first episode Grady didn’t know how. His only suggestion was a method he’d never used before.

    • Pegeater says:

      Who the fuck are you to be an arm chair survivalist. Bill clearly knows how to make fire in some of the hardest environments. Clearly more than a lasy ass internet troll.

    • Jesse says:

      What an indictment of someone you don’t know, what a waste of life? I’m sure you’re affecting societal change right now as we speak

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  6. GoodOldBear says:

    Bill is a pro and knows his stuff. He has started a fire in impossible conditions that to me mere unbelievable. Everybody misses on occasion.

    Bill’s woodcraft and survival skills are superb. Further, his compassion and leadership skills offered to his teammate and his spiritual and reverent approach to the wilderness are impressive and inspiring. The world could use quite a few more Bill’s to help us all survive. If yu miss his finesse then you are missing a great deal of what he brings to the table. He had superior woodcraft and survival knowledge and brought it to bear when he could.

    One never know how scripted these survival shows might be. Sometimes I would imagine a few things are missed just to give survival “wannabees” something to talk about. Otherwise, the show might be too clinical. Remember, even though on the Discovery Channel, it is first, and foremost entertainment.

    I will miss Bill McConnell and his calm approach to survival skills. At least one of his subliminal messages is to slow down the adrenaline, make smart decisions and see them through. unless a good reason for change is presented. Together, he and Grady made a great pair.

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    • Paru says:

      Well said
      Bill is an awesome guy with extraordinary survival skills
      It is very easy to criticise someone
      Try being in the situation and we will know
      Bill you are a very spiritual and loving guy
      You care for every single life and you understand that we are beyond this body and we are this supreme soul
      Don’t ever change who you are
      Awesome job Bill

  7. Steve says:

    To bill and grady.
    I didn’t understand about the one
    Match you u just threw away in the
    Cave ,I get the gas problem .
    TO me I think it would of been a good idea to get a fire going well first,
    Get a good fire going then take a
    Lite stick from the fire and throw
    The lite stick in the cave .
    OK the match didn’t work but
    You still would have had a fire going
    To keep you threw the night.
    Between the two of you gus
    This should of happened.
    Personally bill , you rock.

    • James says:

      They were at a cave on a Mountain above treeline. Look at the environment outside of that cave. There isn’t enough wood growing up there to support a fire. If they were in an area with wood Bill wouldn’t have had a problem with Grady’s suggestion to spend the night in that cave. But there wasn’t any resources for fire which is why Bill wanted to continue going lower on the mountain until they were “at least below treeline” and thus in an area they could have used that match to make fire.

    • Mitch Buchanan says:

      Being a former reality tv producer, I’m sure the producers set this up and the cast was aware of what side to pick- all to create more conflict and better TV. It was a lesson for me in the end, as I didn’t know this was an issue in caves. Alas, better tv, and the information was conveyed.

  8. Anonymous says:

    If you were paying any attention at all… You would see that in almost every situation, Bill was the one who made the solid decisions. He may have seemed a little strange at times, but he was just a bit more in tune with nature than most of the people sitting at home, watching the show, who havent spent an hour in the woods, and couldn’t ever begin to understand the appreciation for nature. It’s really a shame people judge him by his character, and don’t see the true brilliance he had.

    • James says:

      Agreed, throughout the entire season Bill had the more sound advice. Grady’s only real advice was just rushing off and “pushing on.” Throughout the season Billy was the one that kept Grady from rushing off without a plan or resources and getting himself hurt. He had better hunting/fishing strategies, knew the local vegetation better, knew how to make fire, flintknap, make primitive tools and his judgement of what needs to get done at what time of day is better.

      He also showed a lot more respect for his surroundings than Grady or most of the other people that have ever been on the show.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Who jerked him off?

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  11. Dan says:

    Did anyone notice how Bill often hid his teaching and slipped in things to teach the viewers and his co-host throughout the season? These first two episodes show it well. The show starts with Bill wearing a pair of primitive goggles which makes him look weird but allows him to show a method of making sunglasses (to keep from going snow blind) if it is needed. This was a lesson he slipped in for the viewer that no one had taught yet. He also did this for his co-host. Grady clearly didn’t know about how to make a fire and Bill did. Bill found a reason to get rid of the match (on purpose or not?)and used Grady’s shoelace as a “buy in” for Grady despite having his own laces. Bill also had Grady help him with the bowing, telling him he needed his help, in reality Bill shows that he can do the technique much better on his own. The purpose of having Grady help was to teach him the technique without calling him out in front of the world. Bill was good about allowing Grady to teach him when he could (climbing/repelling rope work, magnetizing a needle in later episodes) but also stopped Grady from running off without a good plan. Bill always tried to teach Grady and the viewer some knowledge and reverence toward the area, and taught skills along the way–often without Grady realizing it.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Bill was, by far, my favorite on the show. Some very smart comments above.

  13. Paula says:

    Bill tem amor pela natureza e isso o torna uma das pessoas mais maravilhosas e admiráveis do mundo:um homem de verdade!!!

  14. Paula says:

    O episĂłdio mais lindo de todas as temporadas foi quando Bill pediu para que seu companheiro nĂŁo cortasse a árvore mĂŁe!Ele e muito sensato e preocupado com o meio ambiente!Tenho muito respeito por todos os participantes do desafio em dose dupla pela coragem e capacidade adquirida ao longo dos anos e com certeza colocam os engravatados consumistas no chinelo!Sou professora e vejo que as criancas nĂŁo possuem mais escuta e nem paciĂŞncia para ouvir o outro!EstĂŁo mais acostumados com o mundo digitalizado!O brinquedo deles passou a ser tablets e celulares ao invĂ©s de brincadeiras ao ar livre ou que desenvolvem a expressĂŁo corporal e habilidades diversas!Acho que estou na Ă©poca errada pois nĂŁo tenho watsap e nem facebook !Gosto de acompanhar os programas ecolĂłgicos e tenho o sonho de morar um dia prĂłximo da natureza e das florestas!NĂŁo há nada mais bonito que ouvir o som dos pássaros,das águas ou apreciar o cĂ©u estrelado!Isso e um privilĂ©gio para poucos já que o cĂ©u da cidade e tao poluĂ­do!Espero que o Desafio em dose dupla permaneça por muito tempo e que o Bill nunca nos abandone pois ele tem muito o que transmitir sobre humildade,sabedoria e bom senso para aqueles que desconhecem esses conceitos !Quem desrespeita a natureza,desrespeita a si prĂłprio!!!! “Bill,ao amanhecer,todas as confusões de ontem sĂŁo coisas do passado!Hoje,inicia-se um novo dia,um dia que nunca existiu”.

    • Paula says:

      Retificação do registro acima!
      A temporada mais bonita de todas foi quando Bill pediu ao companheiro que não cortasse a árvore mãe!Ele e muito sensato e preucupa-se com o meio ambiente!Sou professora e vejo que as crianças não possuem mais escuta e nem tem paciência para ouvir uma simples história literária.Hoje em dia o brinquedo das crianças e o tablet e o celular ao invés de brincadeiras ao ar livre!Gosto e tenho muito respeito por todos os participantes do desafio em dose dupla e espero que continue passando na TV por muito tempo!Gostaria um dia de viver próximo a natureza também pois isso é um privilégio!Espero que reprise a sétima temporada para sempre!

  15. Paula says:

    Por favor façam uma revisão na parte de comentários pois está horrivel@Quando digitados o texto fica equivocado faltando frases e distorcido não da para entender nada do que escrevemos!

  16. Maura souza says:

    Gosto muito do programa dupla sobrevivência. Gostei muito do matt e o joe.Achei alguns episódios muito engraçados. Senti muito quando o matt saiu , mas acabei gostando muito do Bill e o Grady.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Bill, has a unique personality, which it’s okay. I believe that he knows what he is doing when it comes to nature and how to survive using nature resources. And for those people who commented about Bill, please be more kind when you write your opinion. I apologize in advance if I offended anyone with my comment.

  18. Silenthorse says:

    I thought the guy was a pimp-limping treehugger. To me,… He pushed off all the hard work on Grady, and when he made mistakes he didn’t own them. It doesn’t mean the guy doesn’t know a good philosophy and an Awsome ground work with Tom Brown. I mean…. Tom friggin Brown. Respect the knowledge, if not the man.

    • Susan says:

      The episode in the Amazonian jungle was particularly annoying. They were both getting very dehydrated, Grady even more so as he had climbed that extremely tall Lapuna (or Kapok) tree. They’re searching for water vine, Bill says: “… here’s what we’re looking for…” then it turns out to be what even i recognized as Monkey Ladder Tree. But instead of saying, “I’M wrong” he says, “WE’RE wrong.” He acted like he was Grady’s boss. Always saying stuff like, “Get it!” or “Hold on, Go on!” along with his know it all attitude, he treated Grady like a child instead of like the badass Green Beret Grady is! I couldn’t believe Bill trying to tell Grady how he couldn’t climb that tree because his hands and arms would get tired. I guess Grady had finally gotten a gut full of his know it all bulls*** and said, “You’re making a lot of assumptions.” I think that was Grady’s diplomatic way of saying, “F***you dude! I’m a friggin’ Green Beret! I’m an expert who climbs walls, buildings, mountains AND trees so well I make Spider Man look like a spaz!” Grady climbed that tree and made it look like child’s play. I was hoping he’d say something like, “See? Easy when you know what you’re doing!” because Bill said that very sentence in that episode. I wanted Grady to slap him in the face with the machete!
      Not a Bill fan. But he’s no where near as annoying as Jeff Zauch and E.J. Snyder. Those 2 act like chest thumping, dung flinging chimpanzees. Couldn’t believe when Discovery Channel cast them on Dual Survivor. Wish they’d bring the show back with Cody Lundin and Dave Canterbury. They were always entertaining and excellent teachers. But I guess Cody’s lawsuit against Discovery Channel makes that a pipedream.
      It’d be interesting if they brought it back with 2 female survivalists. Laura and Manu from “Naked and Afraid” would be great. They’re both very skilled survivalists without clothes. So I’m pretty sure they’d kick ass with clothes!

  19. Tony says:

    In most of the episodes I saw Grady doing all the hard work and bill just avoiding it. In one episode Grady is busting ass building a raft while Bill is messing around with vines building hats. Doesn’t seem like he likes working….(lazy)

  20. Douglas McKee says:

    Bill was one of my instructor’s at Tracker School and was a fantastic Bush Crafter & Tracker.
    Thanks Bill

  21. Hertha says:

    Bill was one of the best characters there.

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  23. Chadd says:

    Bill is clearly a well trained survivalist whose skills would be an asset to anyone in a scenario of being stranded. He is polite, well spoken and TOLERANT. All of the hateful comments regarding Bill’s character made by viewers who know him only through the perspective of their televisions are way out of line and completely undeserved. And i wish i could say i feel pity for these commentators but i do not. In fact, i wish i had a front row seat for the day when they are the ones on the receiving end of comments as equally venom filled about their skills and their characters, or lack of. Because, my friend, that is how it goes. Congratulations, assholes.

  24. George A Harmon says:

    If I was stuck in the wild somewhere I would definitely choose Bill or Cody out of anyone else on the show. Otherwise I’d probably be dead.

  25. Stone in Vegas says:

    Haha. Bill would be shamed at how viscous you are toward each other. He’d be crying and giving thanks to grandmother spider. Yeah, He’s very annoying, mousy, opinionated and has a fragile ego. But he does seem to have awesome skills. I’d want him or Cody in a survival situation. And, I’d do everything they said!

  26. Lashonda Gray says:

    I loved Bill on the show . Let’s see some of you go through some of the ruff conditions Bill and Grady went through. Bill and Grady you guys rock.

  27. Some idiot says:

    Bill is a fucking pyromaniac!

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