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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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257 comments
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.

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?

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!

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!

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. 

Michael Gilpin
Michael Gilpin

Beware, the liberal thought police have found this website/show. It wouldn't surprise me if some brain dead website directed them here. Most liberals have very few original thoughts. 


You people criticizing Erik are pathetic. In your myopia, you see yourselves as gallant heroes for limiting your shopping to Trader Joes. You feel a sense of moral superiority when you eat your tofu and buy products made with recycled materials. The deep satisfaction you feel when you start your prius is sublime and knowing that you helped elect an incompetent black man, twice,  makes you the intellectual elite of society. In short, your whole existence is a joke.


Erik is closer to the earth than all of you liberal zealots will ever be. Not that you could do it if you tried either. Erik survives in the roughest conditions because he is one with the land. He hunts, guides, traps, etc... for a living. That is his job, his livelihood. You New Yorkers and Californians sitting in judgement is laughable. You fear and despise Erik because he does not depend on the government and he doesnt ask your opinion. He is the ultimate free man. He lives and succeeds based on his own wit and sweat. The very antithesis of liberalism. 


Bless you Erik, you are an example of a true outdoors-man. Stay safe and carry on. 

Evelyn Lavigne
Evelyn Lavigne

Yeahhhhh! A show without Erik in it aired last week!

Bonnie Rosenthal
Bonnie Rosenthal

He kills animals to survive not for fun.  He kills in a way where the animals do not suffer.  Everyone on this show does.  So people think about it.  You eat beef, chicken, turkey, fish,  someone out there is killing it for you.

Bonnie Rosenthal
Bonnie Rosenthal

I love Erik, I think he is the bomb.  How he lives hunts and survives!!!

Amanda T.
Amanda T.

I am reading these posts with all these people criticizing the hunting and trapping...how its so inhumane. I think all of you need to do some searches online about the beef and chicken you buy out of the supermarkets. Chicken raised in complete darkness and fattened up so fast that they legs can't support them and they can barely drag themselves along to get to more feed...OR there legs just can't support them at all and then they are trampled to death or die of dehydration. Then cows that are raise in way over crowded pens up to the knee in feces and urine barley able to wade through it until they are fat enough to be bolt gunned and taken to the factory and blow torched to remove the hair and then disassembled on a production line...with a little mad cow and ecoli thrown in for good measure.....yea that's way more humane than trapping, hunting and processing your own food from nature.....Oh also just an FYI if you fast forward over Eric because he traps you better fast forward over the Hailstones to because he was boiling his traps the last episode....it might just be better if you stopped watching (or fast forwarding) and turn on a documentary about your own food....I bet you will want to fast forward through that real fast...and there will be an on-slot of new veterinarians!!!!!! 


Look I have no issue with people who don't want to live that way but don't through stones because its different than how you do it....and get the fact about how inhumane our animals are treated before they hit the stores shelves...thats all I am saying 

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.  

Terry Brown
Terry Brown

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

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!!!!

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.

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.

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.

Stuff McBudley
Stuff McBudley

@Michael Gilpin Spoken like the brain dead moron you are Michael... I am a liberal and I hunt and fish and I currently live in California (and yes, I have trapped for fur and meat). I don't drive a Prius, but I do have a Clean TDI diesel and I do shop at Trader Joes. I grew up on a farm, a real farm in the northwest of Washington State, right next to Canada. It was an organic farm, and we made our own soap and butter and hunted and fished and had a 3 acre garden 80 acres of Apple orchards, and 100 acres dedicated to other crops and livestock. I have taught survival courses and I do tournament bass fishing as a hobby. I can go anywhere in the world and live off the land. 


But I choose to be what you despise, a liberal... Yes, I voted for the black guy. Yes, I have a conscious and actually care about taking care of our elderly and disabled (including veterans). No, I am not a selfish hating republicant that wants the elderly to starve and eat dog food like you do.  And no, I am not a Democrat, I am independent, but a liberal none the less. Ninety seven percent of all republicants are idiots like you and they shoot themselves in the foot with every vote they cast... You are nothing but a puppet of the rich and greedy and you are doing a great job at parroting the agenda. You think all hunters are greedy filthy hating republicants like you. News flash brainiac, only the stupid ones are. I don't despise anyone that hunts or traps for a living (or hobby). I do believe in conservation, but that is just so that the few greedy bass-terds of the world don't kill the populations and leave some for the rest of us. (wolves are on that list because we have almost wiped them out and no, they have not recovered yet, but are close to it). 


Anyone that hunts and/or fishes should be a liberal... The liberals are the only ones that care about protecting our hunting and fishing. The Republicants want to do away with the EPA and pollute everyone and everything. Erik is living in nature and loves doing so, but Alaska is feeling some serious teeth from global warming and they are talking about it on the show. Republicants are killing Erik's world and you are cheering them on like the cheer leader sock puppet you are. If you really want Erik to be able to carry on, then you need to get a clue and buy a vowel, because you ARE the problem Michael, you are killing nature all over the world. If you actually care, then you will want to be part of the solution. 


Liberal thought police, signing off.

M M
M M

@Michael Gilpin 

Take out the word 'black' and your points would be better received. 

McIntosh McIntosh
McIntosh McIntosh

@Bonnie Rosenthal  How true Bonnie and Becca.  There is a big difference though between Erik's game and the meat we buy in the stores.  Many domesticated animals  are raised in deplorable conditions.  Then they have to be pumped full of steroids and growth hormones and antibiotics to keep them alive and growing in those congested conditions. Hope you are on their case  Evelyn Lavigne. 

Amanda T.
Amanda T.

@Bonnie Rosenthal  So true....these guys hunt and trap when the season is open...population control that is apparently necessary or else they won't open a season for that animal. 

Becca Dorsey
Becca Dorsey

U r so right. At least they kill humanely. Today r chicken is forced fed, n they hang them up side down ALIVE n they go down the line n then their heads r cut. N r Pork? That's even worse. These r smart n affectionate animals n their kept their whole lives in a pen where they cannot move forward, backward n side to side.... N shall we talk about beef?

My point is what we eat is killed so in humanely in have cut back on all meats unless I kno the farm.

Becca Dorsey
Becca Dorsey

Thank u A. Ur right. Most people don't kno that the chicken they eat r virtually tortured in the process of being killed. Pork too.

I will only eat free range eggs, locally grown pork n beef that was raised n killed in a humane way. This is all more expensive but I don't eat meat as often to overcome the $$. All this is easy to find in any area w google.......

Evelyn Lavigne
Evelyn Lavigne

@A. Thibado two wrongs don't make a right. I don't approve of the animal industry in
America and I don't approve of hunting/trapping for fur. Just because you can cite animal cruelty here, doesn't make the way Eric traps the animals right. I love the other people on the show, just not Eric. And I will still fast forward anytime he comes on. I am well aware of the cruelty going on in the meat business here. That doesn't mean I have to approve of other cruelties.

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.

McIntosh McIntosh
McIntosh McIntosh

@M M @Michael Gilpin  Well if he did that (take out the word black) then we would think he was talking about Bush Junior.  The country went from a surplus to a near depression during his reign.  Good thing someone with brains followed him.  Things may not be great yet but he sure dug the country out of a big mess. But back to Michael's comments ........if you don't like the status quo, Michael, there is room for you in Alaska as well.

McIntosh McIntosh
McIntosh McIntosh

@Evelyn Lavigne @A. Thibado  OMGosh you are just not getting it Evelyn.  Erik's way of life does not damage the world  but YOUR lifestyle does.  Unless of course you don't have a vehicle and just use green forms of transportation (like a bicycle), you don't have electricity in your home and you don't use any electrical appliances and you grow your own food.  If you do that, I apologize.... but even then I bet you don't walk around naked.  How do you think your clothing and shoes are made?......just in case you haven't given that a thought.....they are made in polluting factories that damage every ecosystem on earth. So leave Erik alone until you have cleaned up your own act.

Becca Dorsey
Becca Dorsey

Eric eats everything he kills. That's been stated many times. Nothing goes to waste.

U sound like a vegan...... Which is ok. Ur just so mean

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.

Stuff McBudley
Stuff McBudley

@Becca Dorsey  He doesn't eat wolf Becca although I'm sure he would if it was the only thing to eat (anyone would). But he does get a big chunk of change from the fur, and that is why he killed it. (it probably would have been better not to air that as it is upsetting to a lot of people, especially since wolf populations are still very weak).