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Meet the Preppers: Craig Compeau

Craig Compeau and his daughter Emily on their way to their bug-out in the Alaskan wilderness.

Craig and his daughter. (View larger version)

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"I'm prepping for government takeover and federal martial law."

Craig Compeau lives in suburban Alaska with his wife and two teenage daughters. He is your typical Alaskan, who loves to hunt wild game, explore the wilderness, and prep for an uncertain future. Craig has a unique speedboat designed to run in water as shallow as six inches. The boat is his family’s only transportation to his secret bug out location, a 20-foot camouflage dome which he bought from his prepping partner, Don Kubley, hidden just off the river in a remote Alaskan forest. There, Craig has stocked nine months of food, two years of wood and twenty different kinds of weapons. The Dome will be the only protection for his family and friends when marital law has been declared.

Craig's wife and eldest daughter are pursuing medical degrees in other parts of the state – valuable skills in a post-collapse world. He's ready in the event of an impending economic free-fall, an event he fears will be followed by martial law. Ultimately, Craig must convince his young daughter that one day, all of this won’t be a test.

10 comments
Heath Smith
Heath Smith

While I agree with the others about the questionable hunting of the Moose, from a survival stand point, I think that these preppers should have the highest score obtainable on the show. Subtracting the moose hunt, best episode so far. There were only a few points that I saw that they were lacking, redundant water filtration system(s) for river / ground water and more diverse food stocks. No one would be able to survive a nuclear war so the water contamination issue is a non-issue in my humble opinion. You cannot live off meat and meat alone. Realistically, the would need another dome just for food stocks and other necessities given the number of people in that group. They did not cover whether they had any communication equipment (Ham radio for example). This would require solar systems and batteries to maintain. This would be a necessity for charging batteries like on the boat or flashlights. The boat was very cool and would like to know more about it. That would be a blast to have on our shallow rivers here in Michigan. I would be interested in buying the design plans.

Ann Pharr
Ann Pharr

Of all the preppers that have been showcased, I am most impressed with Craig Compeau and Don Kubley. Well done.

 

Arkansas Mike
Arkansas Mike

Craig,

Loved your show. But I think I may be even more in love with your daughter! Is she single? I would love to fly to Fairbanks and meet you to ask if I could take her on a date. You have raised one fantastic prepping young woman! She is amazing! :-) and I think I'm in love!

Respectfully,
Mike

Scott Ginn
Scott Ginn

Craig is WAY too cocky. And Alaska is a part of "the States", goofy!

James Boone
James Boone

I just joined nat geo to comment on tonights alaska show, Craig is what gives us lower state hunters a bad name. what I just saw with the boat and moose was one of the woorst cases of poaching or unethical hunting acts possible!! chasing a moose with a boat, shooting a animal in river not just on the edge. some fair chase hunting, thanks for giving us responable hunters more problems with non hunters.I hope what you did is illegal in your state like mine in Michigan and you go to jail and teaching your daughter this pratice shame on you. Proud hunter and NRA member 

Vapordog Bugout
Vapordog Bugout

@James Boone Have to say that was illegal as all hell to be hunting moose from the boat. Also I would think that ATF would want to know about the explosives that had been used, I am betting no permit.