On tonight’s episode of “Life Below Zero,” those who live near the Arctic Circle experience different lifestyles, but nonetheless, they all love their lifestyles and are happy in this extreme environment.
This episode titled “Running on Empty” begins; Glenn Villeneuve is looking for sheep. He will be hunting them soon, and he wants to know where they will be when he is ready to hunt them. He finds a good amount of their poop called scat, and knows they are nearby. When he begins hunting, he will be looking for a fully grown ram while leaving behind the ewes and younger sheep.
In Nenana, 138 miles from the Arctic Circle, Jesse Holmes will be heading upriver to see if his fish wheel can be readied for the huge crop of fish that swim by. If he can get it up and running, he will feed his dogs throughout the winter. He has his work cut out for him, but in the end, it will be worth it.
Sue Aikens lives in Kavik, Alaska, 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle is not feeling well today. Her Kavik River Camp serves as a bed and breakfast for bush pilots who need a stopover and a tank of gas. She needs assistance to work her camp. She goes to the computer and calls her nephew Jesse to see if he can come up and help her, and he agrees.
In Kiwalik, 37 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Agnes Hailstone and her oldest son Jon and his daughter arrived in time for the seal hunt. The seals only stay for about a week, and Chip cannot hunt seals because he is not a native Alaskan. One seal can provide 900 pounds of meat, oil and blubber. As they were riding in the boat, they hit something as the tide went out and now the motor needs a repair. Fortunately, they made it back and were not stranded.
Sue is using a tundra remedy to help her feel better; she picked leaves and herbs and with some powdered honey, she hopes it works quickly. She knows that as an older woman, she does not heal as well as when she was younger.
Glenn found a horn from a sheep that died near the river. Alaskan hunting regulations will only let them get a full-curl ram, one with horns that form a circle. Glenn found several sheep while scouting and will know where to return in a few months. As Glenn climbs a mountain, he must be careful. As a loner, he could die from an injury if he cannot return to his permanent residence. He spots a snow squall on the way, and hurries to set up his tent, so he is protected.
Sue’s nephew arrives and Jesse comes in from Fairbanks. She immediately puts him to work while it is light. They roll out a large hose with a pump to bring water to the camp from the river. Once the water is flowing, Sue is confident that when visitors arrive, they will have showers.
The wind blew Glenn’s tent down, so he moved the location to lower ground. He found some good wood for a fire and set up a camp where he can return in a few months to hunt for the sheep.
In Kiwalik, with the damaged engine repaired, Jon and Agnes camouflage themselves and their boat in white, so they look like ice. Jon shot at a seal resting on an ice floe but missed and luckily, did not wound the seal. Just before they returned with nothing, they spotted a loon flying above and got it for dinner.
Jesse is moving his fish wheel from the mud, but it is a tedious job. When he finally gets it afloat, he has a few repairs left, and it should produce food for him and his forty dogs.
Sue is working with Jesse to get the tracks off her snow machine. She has to install another windsock for the landing strip and with Jesse’s help, he lifts her in the bucket of the machine, and she is able to put the new windsock on the pole so the airport is back in business on this episode of “Life Below Zero.”