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Erik Salitan

Erik Salitan

Erik Salitan

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Erik Salitan lives 67 miles north of the Arctic Circle. For his first two years in Alaska, Erik lived in a primitive tent with no floor. It was simply shelter from the weather. There, Erik lived out the real definition of subsistence, and those memories remain his favorite. Erik is an unlikely entrepreneur who owns his own hunting and guiding business. During the off-season, Erik hunts, fly-fishes, and traps in the Alaskan bush. He also joins safari and hunting clubs in the lower 48 while building his business for the upcoming season.

Erik is a professional hunter and registered guide in Alaska. Fully self-sufficient, he personally kills every piece of meat he eats and will use the rest of the animal for clothing and tools. Erik came to Alaska at the age of 18 because he did not want to get stuck in a factory job. Although not born there, Erik believes Alaska is where he will die. Erik lives a modest life, but his backyard is a million dollar view. Alaska presents real challenges, but Erik is living his dream.

A successful day to Erik is a day spent doing his favorite things: walking around, looking at animals, climbing a hill, sitting on the edge of a mountain, and taking in the beautiful scenery. He enjoys being alone with no interruptions or distractions from his thoughts. This is his church; this is where he comes to think. Erik feels fortunate to be able to live as close to nature as he does. He is comfortable and believes he lives a plush lifestyle. Now the dangerous wilds of the North Slope are his playground, and he braves harsh elements and deadly wildlife every day. So long as he has his rifle by his side, Erik fears nothing.

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278 comments
Jim Stacey
Jim Stacey

Hello Eric

I live in Texas and fish in Alaska every other year. I do my own canning, smoking . I like to cut the Silvers into fillets to put the on the BBQ pit. This is Texas and we think we can BBQ any piece of meat.I like to can the sockeye to share with the family. I don't fish for the King Salmon since they are endangered. I don't fish for the Pink Salmon at all I don't like the taste as much as the Silver and the Sockeye. Last year I caught 300 pounds of Salmon in 4 months. The limit is 3 a day they raised the limit to 6 a day. I love fishing the Kenai River. It is a beautiful piece of Gods gift to us all. Sometimes I just set back put my fishing rod down and enjoy the sites. My friend y'all have a great time and always look over your shoulders.
 My email is jdstacey@earthlink.net 


stanley kipling
stanley kipling

Hello Erik

I am Stan from Canada and was hoping you could email as I have some questions, my email is drkhorse69@hotmail.com

stan in canada

Pamela Day
Pamela Day

Hi Erik.  I love watching the show, and I am so amazed that at such a young age you are so self confident.  You got it going on.  Best wishes, and enjoy your life.

Claud Tift
Claud Tift

Erik I love your show could you contact me with info on a brown bear or grizzly humt??  here is my email  tuffytift@yahoo.com  claud

ronald lally
ronald lally

eric I would like to know the brand of bear paw snow shoes you use & bindings ?

Jared McClure
Jared McClure

Erick What caliber is your favorite rifle that you used to harvest that brown bear a couple of episodes ago?

بركات لطيف
بركات لطيف

what can say... unable to how i thank you and to find word ... wonderful ... wonderfully...many thank.

...  

Wichie R
Wichie R

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(FYI) Erik is a professional hunter and registered guide. In 2014 Erik moved from Wiseman, Alaska (67 miles north of the Arctic Circle) to Iliamna, Alaska (460 miles south of the Arctic Circle). with his new wife Martha Salitan.

M M
M M

Congratulations Erik on your marriage!!! Best wishes to both of you!!

M M
M M

Always miss Erik for the episodes when he is not around!

Jason Runge
Jason Runge

Hi Erik

They say knowledge is power, and you sir have it in truck loads ....It was such a great learning experience watching how you did things out in the woods ...... although for the moment I can only dream of living the life you have ... we both found it highly educational learning from seeing how you did things. from laying traps, hunting ..preparing it was great!!!

My partner and I both spend as much times out doors and at times think we were born in the wrong age : -)

Respect to you sir, keep strong and happy.

Jason and Sarah

United Kingdon

Basingstoke

Frank Lester
Frank Lester

A hunting guide, right on!

Surprised you use a assault rifle, not a traditional sporting rifle.

PK CRATFURD
PK CRATFURD

what make and model is your rifle. also info on your scope.

love your segment of the show the most

very informative

good luck and health

Joan Billheimer
Joan Billheimer

i just watched the episode with him killing the wolf.  Yes I did cry but these people have to live off the land and can understand completely. I enjoy his commentaries.  i give him so much credit for how he wants to live his life. 

Byron Kudra
Byron Kudra

Eric, I've been wondering what model your .22 pistol is?

Wayne Mague
Wayne Mague

I will send it to your nearest post  office. 


Wayne Mague
Wayne Mague

May I send you a sample of the Speedy Sharp knife sharpener to your office? Totally free and I know you will use it all of the time. It is pocket sized and perfect for your neck of the woods. Just want you to see how easy it is to use. Just let me know where to send it to and what you think of it.

Thank you……Wayne

Chris Brousseau
Chris Brousseau

Erik, I can relate 100%. Living life on your own terms, doing what you want when you want is freedom. Unfortunately most people have not and will not ever experience it. I'm fairly similar to you, very similar in mindset although I'm not self sufficient in terms of harvesting my own own food. Keep going, dont ever have doubts and live an egoless life. I'm trying to do the same, just in a different way although I feel my life is headed towards a similar one to yours.

McIntosh McIntosh
McIntosh McIntosh

@Catherine G  I love the show too, Catherine but I haven't seen Erik on it for quite a few episodes. Glenn Villeneuve seems to have taken his spot. I wondered if it had anything to do with the episode where Erik  killed a wolf.  I imagine all the Nature lovers and organizations wrote  letters of protest because wolves are endangered in certain parts of the world - but not in Alaska. Hopefully National Geographic doesn't cave in to the pressure.  Hunting and trapping are a big part of life in Alaska and omitting reality because of "public silliness" would be a travesty. 

And for those who need a definition of "public silliness"  - it's when you enjoy all the benefits of urban life (electricity, vehicles, store bought food and factory made shoes and clothing..etc, ...and then have the audacity to fault Erik for his activities. Erik lives a simple life and leaves the smallest of carbon footprints but most of the complainers share in destroying this planet with their lifestyle.  I hope to see him back soon but it will take positive comments like yours, Catherine, and the others... as well, of course, show producers with backbone.  

Chad Fortman
Chad Fortman

Out  of watching all the people on the show i say he is the best to learn from Survival. And fur hunting and  food hunting.  How does someone contact you for information on training.

I love learn from you I roughed it 5 years no electric and water other what i made.

I want learn to hunt and skin animals and live with out dealing with people telling me i cant 

Please send me some contact information chad_fortman2001@yahoo.com 

McIntosh McIntosh
McIntosh McIntosh

Haven't seen you in the last few episodes.  Have you left the show?

BRANDON HARVEY
BRANDON HARVEY

From one trapper, pilot, guide to another - I love your attitude and aptitude brother!!!!!

Candace P.
Candace P.

Glad to see they are running all the previous shows today.  I will try and catch up. 

Paul Chirico
Paul Chirico

Great show Erik, i love your life style and admire your way of life. I visited Alaska last year, and it was the best vacation i ever had. I really enjoy watching your show.  I look forward  to my next visit. 

CL Vining
CL Vining

First, I am one of those "liberals"  that some comments are making sweeping generalizations about that do no one any good.  Let's stop hating each other.  It doesn't get us anywhere.


Second, I love your show, Erik.  I have so much respect for the cast and how you live.  It is so different from how I live and I enjoy that aspect of getting a glimpse into your world.  It takes a lot of courage to show the world your life.  Please don't let the awful comments get to you.  Lots of people admire the cast, even if it isn't our way of life. 


Lastly, if you don't like the hunting, trapping, etc.  don't watch the show.  It's that easy.  Just. Don't. Watch.  Your comments are not going to suddenly change the way the cast (and other's in the region)  live their lives.  Have you seen the horrible television that is on 24-7 that presents gruesome fictionalized violence??  Show after awful show about murder, rape, and other nightmares.  Why are people wasting their time criticizing the cast of this show, when they could spend that time writing to the major networks to criticize all those shows?

Evelyn Lavigne
Evelyn Lavigne

@CL Vining 

Just not watching will not change the fact that he traps animals for fur. I will be outspoken about my hatred for people doing a thing like that. I already don't watch HIM (I fast forward when he is on), but still like others on the show. I still can say he does NOT kill to survive, but I believe he likes to kill. I also cannot believe that in this day and age people still buy fur!!!!

Terry Brown
Terry Brown

@CL Vining, As a card carrying "conservative", I applaud and totally agree with your comment. :)

Stuff McBudley
Stuff McBudley

@Terry Brown Pray for a brain terry, I don't think that diploma the wizard gave you is worth the paper it's written on.

McIntosh McIntosh
McIntosh McIntosh

@Evelyn Lavigne @CL Vining  Mankind has survived for eons hunting, fishing and gathering and done little to no damage to our environment. But  I bet you drive a car, Evelyn.  And I bet you watch TV and wash and dry your clothes  using  electrical appliances. You do much more damage to our environment than someone like Erik.

Dean Pizzarelli
Dean Pizzarelli

Hey Erik. How can someone contact you to plan a hunt up there?

charles euler
charles euler

Hey Erik no worries about what people say, especially people that have no idea what your life is like. Maybe they should live in a country where we have the right to do what we like to and if people don't like it all they have to do is not watch, what a concept huh?

So what happened to you, why are you not on the show any more??? Also wondering what a guy has to do to be able to find you to go hunting bears?

Rizzo Mahazz
Rizzo Mahazz

It is absolutely deplorable, in a modern civilized society people are still trapping animals for its fur! Why is the National Geographic glorifying these kind activities? What's even more disgusting, This Erik guy is doing it as a hobby to earn an extra buck!

McIntosh McIntosh
McIntosh McIntosh

@Rizzo Mahazz  Civilized.... you call shooting down airplanes civilized.  You call the enslavement of the working class by Capitalists, civilized?  You call the pollution of every corner of our earth, civilized.  Really?  Someday we will all be driven back to the land whether we like it or not.  Good to learn some survival skills for the times to come.

Jeff Olson
Jeff Olson

There are always haters, most don't have a clue. I've missed seeing you, the others are interesting but your the one I like to watch the most. I'll be glad when you're back, it will make the show better.

CW Cunningham
CW Cunningham

Erik, love watching and learning from you on the show. Don't worry about the haters, I suspect they wouldn't last too long if they were in the wilderness. Keep up the good work.

Don Walk
Don Walk

Eric, enjoy the whole show and all the folks featured....have to wonder tho why you choose

to use those rifles that keep Jamming up on you?? Don't you think an old fashioned bolt-action

rifle would be more reliable in that cold cold environment? Regardless, I have much respect

for you and your chosen lifestyle and thank you for sharing it with us...

Kay House
Kay House

So glad your back.  Was not happy when you were not on last season. I know sharing with us distracts from your quiet life but it is much appreciated. Thanks for returning.

Brad Ackerman
Brad Ackerman

Hay Erik how did u come about getting your land in the brooks range

georgia katz
georgia katz

I love the show but you seem too have a lust for killing when you have to resort to killing wolfs for profit  when am sure there are other ways to generate money for supplies .what does one person do with all that meat?200 pounds plus?

I do admire your life style choice. Wish I could understand why you have to kill the wolfs and please don't say for population c control!

CW Cunningham
CW Cunningham

@georgia katz He kills the wolves for money when they are available. Wolves are usually pretty hard to find let alone kill. Just like you, he has a job. Trapping and killing animals is the way he makes his money.. I saw an episode where Agnes Hailstorm shot and killed a wolf for money , it's a way of life in Alaska.

Reco Blade
Reco Blade

How much meat do you go through in a winter. 200 seem like a lot when you're use to buying two or five pounds at a time. But think about how many calories they are burning out there and you'll understand he probably really does need all that and then some. And if your vegetarian he would probably need two to three times that much in vegetables just to make it the winter.

Wolf Hunter
Wolf Hunter

Erik, What caliber is your AR. 223/5.56 or another caliber like 6.5.. Also what type bullet do you use FMJ or Soft Point

lynn gordon
lynn gordon

I am so glad Erik back on the show , would not watch it if is not. He hunts and traps the animals just as the natives Indians did in this country. Oh yea they traded and sold furs as well!

Donald Janzen
Donald Janzen

Great that your back on the show Erik..The wife and I like watching the show just to watch you and Sue's lifestyle. Really missed you when you weren't on the show. Great hunting ethics as many are doing the same thing with the traps and rifles.