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Island Lake, AK: The newest cast member, Glenn, goes hunting for caribou.

Island Lake, AK: The newest Life Below Zero cast member, Glenn, goes hunting for caribou. (View larger version)

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Glenn Villeneuve moved from Vermont to Alaska in 2000 to pursue his dream of living close to the land, hunting and gathering, in the remote mountains of arctic Alaska. His camp is located on a lake in the Brooks Range, 200 miles north of Fairbanks, and a 60-mile walk from the nearest road. While Glenn enjoys people, isolation comes with the territory; as he can often go longer than four months without seeing another human.

Preferring a simple way of life close to nature, Glenn lives in a one room cabin with no running water. The firewood he cuts with an ax and hand saw is his only fuel for heating and cooking. He uses electricity for only a few items, such as a satellite phone, headlamp, and camera. Traveling on foot and paddled canoe in summer, and by snowshoes in winter, he hunts moose, caribou, sheep, and small game. Glenn fishes in the lake and creeks and gathers wild plants for food. Glenn shares his hunting territory with wolves, which pursue the same game as he does, and he was once charged by a pack of 20.

Glenn values the autonomy that his wilderness lifestyle affords, the competence it demands, and the connection he experiences with the natural world that surrounds him.

91 comments
Frank Lester
Frank Lester

Glenn,

you are the only person worth watching on the show.

I told some co-workers about you and now they watch the show bec. of you.

I would like to get more info on the tent cabin you live in.

Don't mind any negative comments, they come from people sitting in their under wear in their parents basement and live off welfare!

Best Regards

Lori Fergusson
Lori Fergusson

Hi Glen. Thank you for all the amazing info that is shared on LBZ. I enjoy your section the most. The positive outlook that is communicated , and the great info on subsistance living is so interesting.I am living vicariously with all the cast members. I'm not able to even go hiking because of back, knee and leg issues. It gives me a lift in my spirit to watch the show. One of the main reasons I signed on to write this is that I wanted to add a POSITIVE post to your section. I was astonished at how many people take the time to write negative stuff on here. Made me feel sad for them and I want NG to keep you on with the others. Its a good balance. Ok, be careful and take care of yourself...my prayers are with you.


Steve Choiniere
Steve Choiniere

Glenn, do you own the land you live on? I love the show. Thanks, Steve Choiniere Massachusetts

Dvd West 65
Dvd West 65

Aside from being a "Deadbeat Dad"... 

This idiot, (Glenn Villeneuve), is a total freak... 

The main reason he's even out there is to keep from going to prison 

over not wanting any real job & being so far behind on child support, 

of which he had admitted to during the beginning of the series... 

& it's obvious "BS" that he was taught any of the nasty & stupid things he does... 

There's no doubt he's made it all up purely within his own small & troubled mind... 

It's very disappointing that Nat Geo would even profile such a disgusting idiot... 

How they would even think that profiling him fits within the context of the show is beyond me... 

My wife & I really enjoy the show, but we can no longer stomache this guy... 

We find ourselves going out of our way to skip or fast-forward through his segments... 

Though this is just our own opions... 

There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that a big percentage of viewers feel the same.


Ella Preuninger
Ella Preuninger

So Freakin SICK of seeing Glen The FREAK taking of his clothes. He REALLY sickens me.

ronald lally
ronald lally

while your trashing Glenn, your neighbors are trashing you. are you not better than that?

ronald lally
ronald lally

glenn, what brand of bear paw snowshoes do you use ?

Matt Rustin
Matt Rustin

I find Glenn to be an interesting individual. He uses no power tools for his building projects and I like that He hunts and fishes for his food. Don't quite understand why some folks on here are so down on Him and quick to judge. Alaska is not an easy place to live. Keep going Glenn!

Elizabeth Shaw
Elizabeth Shaw

while everybody else is killing themselves trying to get enough meat and fish for the winter and plant gardens Mr Glenn is building himself a sauna. he is done everything so far this season but bring in food for the winter or plant a garden. I remember the first season when he left every summer to go back to civilization where his family is in Alaska. Why don't you go back there Glenn and leave nature to its own devices just stay there instead. I'm surprised National Geographic hasn't thought of giving him a pass he's not even that interesting and from what I've read there were plenty of complaints about him. Bye bye Glenn!one can but hope.

Elizabeth Shaw
Elizabeth Shaw

hey MM, indeed! I just cried BS on Glenn and I've done it before.I go do something when he's on. The guy irritates me to no end along with his well coiffed hair.

Elizabeth Shaw
Elizabeth Shaw

hey Mr know it all, try a Celtic roundhouse. Tie them together to make an arch? I'm a disabled 50 year old woman who can build a Celtic round house! from what I've seen you don't know jack!please excuse my typos as a voice type.

Lisa Messmer
Lisa Messmer

Why do so many sites say you don't have running water? You do... you have the river and creeks and streams.. the best running water ever. What they should say is that you have no indoor plumbing. That would be more accurate. Love the show, especially your segments.

M M
M M

'A lone primitive subsistence hunter'

I cry foul - Glenn always shows up with a fresh, styled haircut - the kind that can only be gotten in civilization. Short and freshly done - and (if I wanted to be really critical), nary a grey hair showing for a man of 44.. Not sure about that last part, but he is definitely hanging around civilization a lot to get that freshly cut short hair. I know I'm being nitpicky, but he calls himself a primitivist - but he does nor really seem to live that way. Even for the half year that he is in the wild (I know he lives near his kids for several months) - but even the time he supposedly spends in the wild, he looks pretty 'done' to me.... I would not say that about the others, but they don't style themselves as lone primitive types the way Glenn does...

Charles Vann
Charles Vann

First I wanted to say that I hope to learn at some point in my life to be part of the land (while alive) as you have .  I still have a lot of fears in the dark woods.  Second, I would like to know since you eat primarily a protein rich diet how do you come by fiber in your diet with the rarity vegetation?  Does too much protein sometimes affect your overall health.  P.S. I know you must be burning between 8 and 12,000 calories a day with your physical lifestyle. 

S. Lord
S. Lord

I don't like that they make it sound like he lives there all year round and how he supposedly doesn't like modern convince (like he won't even use matches). But I remeber an episode that he said he only goes there for the winter and leaves behind his family when he goes. He only goes there because he likes it. It doesn't seem that he does any trapping for income or hunting for massive amounts of meat for his family, like the others have to do to survive. He just goes there to go camping, so it's really annoying when he makes comments about not seeing people for 10 months or how he doesn't need modern amenities, really? So what about your Facebook and Twitter account? That seems very social and modern to me. Just sayin. www.facebook.com/Glenn.villenueve

Dave W.
Dave W.

I need to know something Glenn lives in a tent had guns, fishing pole, and a flying pan now everyone else is out gathering food preparing for winter already. Scurrying around like ants all busy never stopping and this Glenn guy is busy taking baths I'm the creek acting all tough not really doing anything except talking about himself. Now what what does he do for food? Where does he plan on putting things I'm telling you now moose marrow isn't going to go far You fake!

Elizabeth Shaw
Elizabeth Shaw

I'd have to agree with you and add the following. Glenn you're so full of crap when it comes to wilderness!! Alaska is not the only place to find that! Try asking the people here in Maine who got lost in the vast wilderness of the state...... if you can find them. This guy talks and talks and talks just to hear the sound of his own voice. One would think that someone who talks so much would have better command of the English language. Glenn is just a nuisance to my senses. Please excuse typos as a voice type.

Jayne Detweiler
Jayne Detweiler

Why when I watch this guy am I reminded of Timothy Treadwell (Grizzly Man)? Could it be the bending down to smell the wolf urine? I see this ending tragically for Glen as it did for Timothy Treadwell. Lets put it this way, Glenn is needs to read  Dick Proenneke's One Man's Wilderness. He was the real deal!!

Elizabeth Shaw
Elizabeth Shaw

we see lots and lots of outdoor activity which is fun to watch. But I would also like to see what it is like for them to live inside their houses when they can't get out or in the house and then they go out to take care of the dogs or what have you. cooking meals and what they do for activity inside. we have seen a bit of the hailstones but we have not seen anybody else pretty much. Please excuse all typographical errors as I voice type.

Elizabeth Shaw
Elizabeth Shaw

I see everybody acquiring plenty of meat and fish which is a good thing however, what do they do about vegetables where Alaska has such a short growing season?

Ben Watson
Ben Watson

This guy just doesn't seem to make sense. His whole attitude to survival seems to be romanticizing on every poetic detail but to me he comes off as a pompous tit who has read too many books. He casts of the shackles of society and 'civilization' and technology then he goes out hunting using a rifle and a shotgun. That is technology that he apparantly disagrees with. Logically it makes sense why he is using it however it contradicts his ethics that he goes on and on about. 
He uses a fishing rod and reel which is also technology and uses them incorrectly and nearly loses his fish. 
He frequently states how he can get some tool to do a job for him but that he prefers to do things the traditional way but then he makes huge gaps in his logic where he cherry picks recent and not so recent tools that contradict his ethics. 
Respect for him for actually going into the wild and living but other than having the balls to do it (or the lack of sense) he just doesn't seem to be well prepared and seems to frequently run into walls of his own making. As for entertainment regardless of the truth he just comes off as fake, like he has read about this stuff and has only been in the wild for a few months. 
It was a bit laughable when he went on and on about how he has turned his back on civilization then bragged how he hasnt seen a person in ten months, then you see hardcore sue who doesnt see a perdon for 9 months a year every year and just shrugs it off. 
He just doesnt seem genuine. Eric is way more entertaining and realistic. I wouldn't mind watching him if he just made sense but every time you see him he is bragging and preaching then he contradicts himself in the next shot. Just boring.

gail rillon
gail rillon

I think Glenn is the most sexy, intelligent, personable man I have seen in a long time. He is down to earth with nature and very humble. I have lived off-grid 12 years of my live ,.It's hard work, but satisfying.If I were younger I would love to share his life expierience with him. I can't believe he doesn't have a million offers to do the same! I think the negative posts are from very jelous men who are unsure of their own manhood. I live to watch him on this show1 If I were ever stranded in the wild with nothing but him , I'm certain we would survive. And I might add , have a good time doing it!!! You go Glenn, go!

hunter sanders
hunter sanders

I would like to know what caliber the 2nd rifle I see Glenn carry that has the suppressor on it is.  Also does he load his own sub-sonic ammo or buy it or even use sub-sonic ammo.  Additionally, what are the laws there regarding the carry of a class 3 weapon and do you have to be on your own property to carry it loaded and does he have a license to own it there or is it even required.  (Sorry to ask so much in one "question")

Anna Snipes
Anna Snipes

It is clear in this show who is authentic and who isn't.  Glenn just isn't.

Dan Mccraw
Dan Mccraw

I disagree Zippy.  Glen may be inept in your opinion ,but he's not in mine.   He is living the dream of many of us.  He's not  someone like Erik  and who is?  Erik is someone who is exceptional . Glen is starting out and is doing a fine job with the skills he has.   We can't all be Erik or Chip for that matter.

Please NG keep Glen.   Seeing him makes me have enough confidence to think maybe I could live in Alaska some day. And maybe I will.

Zippy Miller
Zippy Miller

Most boring and irritating cast member. yes he eschews modern civilization but also his family. I suspect that the taxpayers have been taking care of his children while he lives his solitary life. Also he seems to go back to " civilization" when he needs supplies. Glenn also seems unfocused and unprepared in general. Guessing this guy is ADD. Who has supported him in his lifestyle until the advent of this show? Guess who? Erik is the single guy that is the real deal. As a guide and trapper he supports himself not the taxpayers. Plus Erik is really informative. Producers, please fewer segments with this dope.

Candace Noel
Candace Noel

This dude is too cool for words. Nice backup shelter... learning new info from you. Thank You

Christian La Salle
Christian La Salle

Just waiting for a bear to devour this D-Bag. He abandons his family for 1/2 a year to play Grizzly Adams !

CECILIA CASWELL
CECILIA CASWELL

I am new to LBZ...so far I love it!!!  Cannot imagine doing what these people do, each & every day.  Wow, what I take for granted blows my mind now :)  I don't want to post snarky comments so I shall refrain til I watch a little more (ha-ha.)  LOVE the Hailstones -- what a pair!  My gosh but Agnes is a patient woman.  (But really, nothing in the artic is rushed.)  Looking forward to new episodes.  BTW -- Glenn's so cool, very self-deprecating...just does his thing!

Candace Noel
Candace Noel

Glenn ... i find you present  a spiritual aspect built into your lifestyle. I appreciate it very much. its all a meditation.

john pappas
john pappas

Glenn is alright. He seems like a thoughtful individual. Of all the characters, he is the most relatable to people in the lower 48. He's an aesthete. His character complements the other unique characters on the show. TThe Hermit, The Family Man, The Crafty Musher. For those of us who watch the show and have no desire/intention to live in the wild, Glenn communicates the beauty of isolation and the Alaskan wilderness very simply and disarmingly. 

Steve Adams
Steve Adams

I am a new viewer and really like your lifestyle. Watching you make the items needed for a fire was very educational but I didn't see what was in your mouth that held the other end of the shaft that you spun.

Wolf Hunter
Wolf Hunter

what caliber is your rifle and how much does a box of ammo cost for it?

Pat Tea
Pat Tea

Anyone who lives this type of life sure has my respect. I won't even begin to think I could make it in this type of lifestyle. Yes I would like to think that I could and would do it but when I think about the hard work that these people have to do to stay alive and live the life of their choosing I go screaming quickly back to my electricity, my running hot and cold water, my computer and TV., etc. I have worked hard all of my life and am not a slacker but these people have to work harder at staying alive and warm than most of us and they can't call in sick or just goof off, like we do. No, I am sorry to say, I am spoiled to what most of us consider the necessities of life.

There is an old saying.....People who live in glass house should not throw stones. There is no reason to be rude. Maybe you would whine to if you weren't so spoiled to the easy life!

You go Glenn, you have my total respect for how you live. Taking time off to enjoy your children or getting a decent haircut ( I don't see a root line so I doubt you color your hair.) has no shame attached to it. You live the way some of us have to take vacations to do and we take our RV's, cell phones, etc with us. I hope you don't let any criticism  bother you. I think they are just jealous.

I am glad to see you are coming back! 

M M
M M

This guy is super-annoying, only lives in the wild half-time and looks like he has his hair professionally cut (and dyed - not a single grey hair and he's in his mid-forties. Won't use bug spray and whines about the bugs.... Argggh... Annoying!!!

Jeannie Rodman
Jeannie Rodman

Glenn is one of my favorites.  He lives a life similar to Dick Proenneke (sp?) as opposed  to  the many  thousands of dollars of high=end, high-tech  equipment some other members of this show use.  I don't know the situation with his family, and that is his business.  I am honored he has chosen to share a bit of his life with us.  He owes us no explanation of his personal life.  Thanks, Glenn, for sharing.  

Tom VanSlooten
Tom VanSlooten

Hello Glenn,

Love watching LBZ. I have hunted in Alaska in the past. Floated a river for a couple of weeks with my Father. It was one great adventure that will never be forgotten.

I own an internet sales company (Great Lakes Shooters Supply) and with ammo so very hard to come by these days I would like to send you some of what you may need free of charge. Just let me know where I can send it, what caliber you need and I will take care of the rest.

Best Regards,

Tom

tom@greatlakesshooterssupply.com

Frank Lester
Frank Lester

@Dvd West 65 the only small troubled mind I see here is yours!

You & wife watch show? Combined 1000 lb and on social security, I bet!

Matt Rustin
Matt Rustin

@Elizabeth Shaw  I have lived in Alaska for 50 years, A lot of Alaskans have gardens and Greenhouses. Our garden does very well even though the summers are short, We have very long daylight 19 Hours or more.

gail rillon
gail rillon

@Zippy Miller Totally disagree! Eric is the one who sells himself out. Not Glenn. To survive without  civilization my moneys on Glenn.And, I might add he is so in tune with nature!

Stuff McBudley
Stuff McBudley

@Zippy Miller  I didn't think that much of Glenn upon first impression, but that isn't Glenn's fault, that was all NatGeo being incompetent story tellers. if you keep watching you will see that Glenn has some respectable hunting and survival skills. I am not privy to the info about his family and his situation. Either I missed something or you are making some bold assumptions. Erik might not be able to hack it in Glenn's situation and vise versa, you are comparing Apples to Oranges here, Erik is a guide and relies a lot more on technology, Glenn does not. 


And I am curious, are you with the IRS? And do you know anything at all about AK tax law? And do you know something about Glenn's family? If so, where is the link? Put up or shut up.

Scott W
Scott W

@Christian La Salle  Yep.  Don't wish him harm, but he's just playing.  I Fast Forward through all the Glenn segments.  Not interested.

Stuff McBudley
Stuff McBudley

@M M  I'm 45 and don't have a single grey hair and have a full head of hair. That may have to do with genetics or could also be because I choose to eat organic (including my organic meat... not sure why some tools think organic means vegetarian). I don't use bug spray either, I can't stand it... I do wear a mesh head cover when I am in heavy bug country hunting or fishing. Glenn seems like he knows what he is doing (although I am not sure why he doesn't just build a cabin, perhaps he likes the idea of moving to a different location)