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 “Divide and Conquer” begins in Kavik, Alaska, 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle as Sue Aikens gets a ride from a bush pilot, who takes her to a fishing spot where she can replenish her supply of protein. More supplies have arrived to replace those that went to waste while she was recovering from her surgery, but she still needs vital meat and fish to supply herself and her guests. Winter is breathing down her neck, and it is time to do what must be done.
In Kiwalik, 37 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the Hailstones are filleting the fish they caught so they can dry them and preserve them for the long winter in Noorvik. Chip is cutting wood for the smoker he will build to get a head start on the fish.
In Nenana, 138 miles from the Arctic Circle, Jesse Holmes is awakened by his dogs barking at the squirrels that come to steal their dog food. He does not like to kill things, but the dog food is expensive and the squirrels are a big nuisance. They ate right through the plastic containers to get their treats. As he shot at it, he missed and realized the gun has been through a lot, and must check it for accuracy.
In Iliamna, 469 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Martha May and Erik Salitan are heading to fish for Arctic grayling. Parts of the river are rapids, and where they stopped, the fish were gone. So they headed to another area that they hoped was filled with fish.
While Chip collects wood with his one daughter, Agnes is berry picking with the other girls. This way, they will have something sweet during the winter.
Jesse Holmes checked the trajectory of his rifle and straightened it out. Now when he aims for the squirrels, they will go right into the dog food cooker. Now it is time to cut some firewood.
The Hailstones are nearly done making the smoker for the fish. Chip appreciates the longer days in the summertime to allow them to work longer whenever necessary.
Sue is looking for char, but the low tide is against her. Finally, she catches one, as another is on the line, it and her lure disappear. Time for the pilot to get back so Sue’s fishing is cut short. At least, she caught a few to hold her over.
Jesse cooked up the squirrel and fish stew and threw in some chicken as the dogs were anxious to eat. They love their stew that Jesse makes for them, and rewards him with lots of love. Chip is making sure the cold storage shed, he is building is predator-proof and his smallest daughter checks it out.
Back home, Sue is cleaning the two fish she caught and divided it into six meals. Erik and Martha May changed course and made a deal that the person who caught the largest fish did not have to clean them. Martha is very competitive and loves a challenge, especially when she wins. Erik cleaned the fish, and they cooked them and had a nice meal together before heading home on this episode of “Life Below Zero.”