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Sue Aikens searches the horizon for the wolf she believes is hunting her.

Sue Aikens

Sue Aikens is as tough as the grizzly bear that attacked her and left her for dead six years ago. “I had to sew my own head together, my arm, and before my hips popped out, I went across the river, found the bear, shot him, called the trooper, and ...

Erik Salitan

Erik Salitan

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 ...

Andy Bassich and his dogs take a break while deciding how to proceed with the jumble ice.

Andy and Kate Bassich

Andy Bassich and his wife Kate live on the Yukon River, where the only way in or out is by boat or snow machine. Andy moved to Alaska from Washington, D.C. after coming to explore the area, which he knew little about at the time. He spent two years ...

Chip and Agnes Hailstone outside their home in Noorvik, Alaska.

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 ...

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

Glenn Villeneuve

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 ...