Chip and Agnes Hailstone
Chip Hailstone and his native Inupiaq wife Agnes live with their seven children on the Kobuk River in the North West of Alaska. Chip came to visit Alaska 25 years ago from Kalispell, Montana and he never left. He did not plan to stay, but the opportunity to hunt appealed to Chip.
Chip could easily relate to this lifestyle because he grew up hunting and fishing. Chip is a skilled hunter and uses his antique rifle, a 12-gauge, .22, bow and arrow, and even rocks or his bare hands to make a kill. Chip calls guns his tools and hunting his way of life. The material he needs to make a living is in his surrounding environment.
For the past 20 years Chip has been hunting, fishing, and gathering raw material. Chip’s motto is, live for the day but plan for tomorrow. He goes into each day with his eyes wide open. Death is a large part of his life, but Chip says he is not afraid. Worrying is the first step to protecting himself. Everyday Chip takes a calculated risk. Part of living off the land is being ready, going with nature’s flow, weather, and available materials.
Chip’s family moves seasonally to track down the best hunt, setting up tents in the snow or on the ice, and each of them plays an active role in keeping the family alive: hunting, fishing, skinning, tanning, and crafting the animal remains to trade and barter. They hunt bear, caribou, bison, wolf, fox, wolverine, walrus, fish, waterfowl, even whale and seal. They use the entire animal that they harvest including skin, teeth and bones to make arts and crafts to sell. Chip is happy to have stumbled his way into this world. He first came as an outsider. Now, this is Chip’s home.
I love love love the hailstones. While I generally abhor hunting for sheer sport as in African Safaris, hunting in Alaska is essential. ( lived in Barrow in the 80's). Joy in hunting is not a crime. Being Native, I am certain Agnes reveres animals and blesses the kill. So get off of it you anti- hunters. Everything is situational. I am also equally certain Chip is an excellent hunter but with a FELONY conviction one cannot possess a firearm , thus he cannot legally hunt. Of all the people on LBZ, Agnes is the one who should have interns, not Andy who never seems to finish a project. BTW, has anyone noticed all the junk an unmaintained stuff around Andy's yard! Hail to the Hailstones!!
how come you guys are complaining and confused? turn up the volume so you can hear what is going on.
If Chip is such a great Hunter/Provider, how come he never shoots anything ? There is no doubt about Agnese's fearsome accuracy, but Chip is apparently the throat cutter come Hailstones spokes person, and self promoter. How about less Chip and more Agnes.
I DON'T AGREE ON HOW THEY SHOOT THE CARIBOU FROM THEIR BOAT, WHEN THE CARIBOU ARE TRYING TO CROSS THE RIVER. IS UNSPORTSMANLIKE. I KNOW THEY HAVE TO GET MEAT TO SURVIVE, BUT THERE SHOULD BE SOME LAWS THAT PROTECT THE ANIMALS FROM BEING SLAUGHTERED LIKE THAT. IF EVERYONE HUNTED BY BOAT, LIKE THIS, THERE WOULDN'T BE BIG GAME LIKE THAT IN THIS COUNTRY. OTHER THAN THAT, I LOVE THE SHOW.
hey chip what t hell is you story you cant have a gun and why in the hell would you not invest in a modern rifle instead of an m1 Garand 30-06 instead of a 400 k new sled to provide meat for family I don't buy it are you a felon I could kill more meat than you could cut given the resources you have instead of your wife shooting hail marrys at a herd wounding more than you kill I don't trust you Boy
chip my name is Greg and i have hunted all my life and i wood love to come up and have you and your family show me how to survive there i am ex army and wood love to live like you and your family
would like to talk to them about buying or trading ,I make knives and i'm sure we could trade james oliver Georgetown,Tn
yes What is the Tattoo on Agnes chin? does your kids have any and it looks like it is inside your lip also please tell the meaning of it and more about your tribal culture
Agnes and Chip Hailstone:
I want to thank you guys (and your family) for being on this show! As a disabled veteran who tries to take care of my elderly parents and myself, but I will actually say that one of the joys (and guilty pleasures), I have is watching the show, and seeing you (and the others residents/people, on this show), showing the rest of us (in the lower 48), if you want to survive and if you have the strong will...there is always a way." I hope that Nat Geo will keep this show on for as long as you and the others want to do this; we here in Tampa, Florida will keep on watching. God bless and keep you guys, too!
Don't think that the kids should be handling those traps! They're too dangerous!
Other than that, great show!
Don't think that kids should be handling those traps! Too dangerous, and their to young. Other than that, great show!
Agnes is an inspiration!!..... I wish they would show more scenes with her & her family instead of the chronic whiner Sue!! If things are that tough then she should leave Alaska... I'm getting very tired of hearing about her guns & the bear attack!! That's all she ever has to talk about...she's depressing!! Agnes Hailstone in an integral part of this show & is setting a great example for her children...I'm sure her Mother would be very proud of her!! Her girls are all so pretty & so grateful for everything!!!! Let's see more of there family in the show!! Looking very forward to the new season...I'm a huge fan of the show!!!
I really enjoy this show what do the marks on Agnes face mean? Are they a part of her tribal culture?
Hi Mike, If these two ladies were still with us you could tell them about how Agnes needs a new rifle. All three ladies use or used the same rifle. It's more the shooter that counts than the tools being used.
Nice avatar Candace.
@Matthew OBrian From my understanding, Chip is a Felon and is not allowed to touch a gun.
Everyone can't hunt like that (by law) so you can stop worrying. By the way, using all caps means you are yelling, and it's rude. I suggest you take your nancy boy self to another show. "Knitting with Nancy" leaps to mind.
Troy you're a dolt. Look it up. While you're at it see if you can teach yourself to write a coherent sentence. She got 5 kills and wounded none. Try paying attention.
@Greg Villers Don't ask chip because his wife is the provider or are u blind
You beat me to it Ken. She is a cutie for sure.
@Wolf Hunter best answer found on web: http://www.tattooarchive.com/tattoo_history/eskimo.html
I have researched and the answer I read is on a copyrighted page but the contents can be read down about the middle of the page where it shows her tattoo ..... http://www.vanishingtattoo.com/tattoo_museum/arctic_alaskan_tattoos.html
@Patrick Macy lucky yes she deserves a hell of a lot better
Clarence, good thing they don't need your "nanny state" approval. Also worth learning is the difference between there (a place), their (belonging) and they're (contraction combining they are) Good grammar/spelling/punctuation is the difference between "I helped my Uncle Jack, off a horse." Or... i helped my uncle jack off a horse.
She is of age and they as a family need the 5 Caribou that each hunter can kill a day. Also by their standards and needs to be taught survival as well because life is not always that long when your life is on the ice and have not been taught all that is required of you and your learned lessons on living may be the reason you survive!
She needed to learn to kill and probably we won't see how they process all the different kinds of food for winter. But this last weeks show showed you what they were able to pick to eat from the foods laying on the table near the stove for their evening meal as Chip identified each item as well as it's use/reason (like the seal oil) for their way of living. He even identified what fish and showed their look after dried that they had gathered in the summer at the other camp. .
@Jacqueline Kennedy I totally agree. Sue whines about everything. Her aim is not very good either-she could use some target practice.
I have researched and the answer I read is on a copyrighted page but the
contents can be read down about the middle of the page where it shows
her tattoo ..... http://www.vanishingtattoo.com/tattoo_museum/arctic_alaskan_tattoos.html
@Terry Brown i suggest you get off your knees at the bus station and get with reality! chip is a convicted LIAR and FELON! do you understand what that means in your blind state!
@Terry Brown you are a loser as much as chip the felon! she crippled a seal which was lost and had to shoot a moose three times! IDIOT!
@Terry Brown I believe you did the later Terry, granted you could have done both.
The web is not really the time or place to try and teach proper grammar. (Unless you are in TexAss, that state needs all the help they can get).
@Candace Noel @Matthew OBrian
You sure are pretty Candace...... The tiger is not really me.
A yellow Texas Rose for sweet Candace.
@Matthew OBrian @Stuff McBudley Not so sure about that Mathew... He lied about a peace officer (which are stretched really thin in AK), and tried to get that officer in hot water via false claims and tried to get a restraining order against that officer. He lied to a judge under oath and if he had a stitch of intelligence, would have been a real man and been honest. He wasted the time of a lot of people that had far better things to do than waste time sorting out Chip's issues and stupidity. He made his bed, and now he gets to sleep in it and look like a schmuck on TV. Any real man would have told the truth and would have never tried to get the restraining order. The one who should be really pissed at him is Agnes, now she has to make up for his stupidity and do ALL the shooting for their bread and butter. Basically, Chip is no longer a man, Agnes is more of a man than Chip currently is. Perjury is a Felony and is prosecuted only when it affects the outcome of a case. That was no white lie Chip told, it was some serious lying with some serious consequences. Chip still has some growing up to do and owning his mistakes would be a step in the right direction, being honest would be another step.
@Terry Brown Grow a brain terry, Chip can't hunt anything, he is a recent Felon, he's just too ashamed to say it on TV.
Hi stuff, We don't have the big picture so, I will reserve further comment other than this, I do think he should have been up front with the viewers as to why it is his terrific wife who in fact is the "provider" I guess it's causing him some upset.
If you care to live that lifestyle wouldn't Agnes be the perfect spouse.She really is so hard working, and knows exactly what she is doing. What a little sweetheart. I love to hear her gentle accent. She makes the show worth watching. Take care Stuff and enjoy your weekend.
Back to chip, like I said, Chip still has some growing up to do and owning his mistakes would be a step in the right direction, being honest would be another step. It seems like there is a lot of shame in a lot of those clips of chip talking about how he gets to be moral support while Agnes does all the hunting/shooting. Being upfront with the viewers would have been a good step towards both traits that make a man a real man, but for all we know, Chip might have done so and it got cut courtesy of NatGeo. If I were in chips shoes, I would have been upfront with the viewers and if NatGeo cut it, I would have some serious words with NatGeo.