Ron McDonald grew up on a cattle ranch in northern Ontario, with his dad and two brothers. Ron's mom was killed in a freak accident shortly after he was born. Being the youngest of the three meant he had to learn quickly how to survive the dangers and complex of his family. Living in the wild north of Ontario meant existing was not always easy, not only did he learn the family trade of ranching he also learned how to operate a gun and skin a deer. Living off the land was not a talent of his but something he was good at out of necessity to survive the harsh environment he lived in.