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 is titled “Predator Control” begins in Kavik, Alaska, 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle as Sue Aikens spots caribou about a mile from her camp. When she returned from her surgery, she had to destroy all the food that went bad because the generator did not do its job. She is hoping to get a caribou to replenish her meat supply.
In Kiwalik, 37 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the Hailstones are hoping to get a lot of salmon with their net. They will feed them, the animals and will be used for trading when they get home to Noorvik.
In Iliamna, 469 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Erik and his friend Matt are going to hunt bears. The State of Alaska allows for bear hunting protecting the moose population. Erik’s wife, Martha May will stay behind.
In Nenana, 138 miles from the Arctic Circle, Jesse Holmes prepares to move the fish wheel and prepare it for what he hopes to be a huge supply of fish to feed his dogs. This is a dangerous job for one person, but he loves the life he has and would not trade it.
From the air, Erik and Matt spot bears, but Erik is hunting alone, as Matt flies away leaving Erik behind. Erik has the permit for “Predator Control” from the state. Erik set up his camp and has his bow and arrows for ammunition. A bow hunter must be very proficient, especially when hunting large prey.
Sue is watching for the caribou as she drives the small all-seasons machine. She spots one and immediately gets out and takes a shot. As she pats the dead animal, she promises not to waste an ounce of her meat as she butchers the cow and thanks it for giving up its life for her.
Jesse’s fish wheel is turning with the current, and then he sees that the sleeve came off the axle. It is another needed repair before it starts producing. The repair is not going too well, and Jesse needs to put a block under the axle to lift it up, but his first try does not work and nearly hurts himself. On the second try, he begins to see fish in the wheel and knows it is starting to work. Now he and his dogs will eat.
The Hailstones are up early, as Chip and Agnes leave to get the other boat. The one they have leaks too much to be helpful. As they hit a sandbar, the motor conks out and Chip stops to change propellers. When they make it to their destination in Deering, a friend Joe meets them and helps Chip repair the leaky boat.
Erik is enjoying his life in the bush as he spots a black bear and hits it with an arrow. The bear ran off and went up a tree. Erik expects to find it dead before long. He goes into the thick bush to look for the bear. Erik found the dead bear and knew that he probably saved a few moose for Alaskans.
Sue is home with the caribou meat dividing it into meals and puts it in the freezer. She is proud of what she caught, but it will not a winter make.
As the Hailstones check out the repaired boat, it no longer leaks and their son helped bring the new sixty horsepower motor to the shore where they hooked it up to their boat. Now they can take on the higher waves with more power, and both Chip and Agnes will have a boat of their own on this episode of “Life Below Zero.”