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Meet Erik Salitan - an Alaska wilderness guide who lives off of meat he hunts and butchers himself.

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Meet Erik Salitan - an Alaska wilderness guide who lives off of meat he hunts and butchers himself.

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DL Ortiz
DL Ortiz

Love the show. Erik is an amazing young man. I have not seen him on the show lately. I hope is still a part of the show.

cecilia acuna
cecilia acuna

I love Erik.  I am so glad to learn he is coming back.  I honestly was considering not watching a new season without him.  He's thoughtful and thought provoking. 

Linda Brennan
Linda Brennan

Erik might be licensed guide and all that, but he is my least favorite due to the fact he does trapping so heavily!  I also do not like the types of traps he uses as they can be very INHUMANE to animals.  I don't like his attitude toward the animals as I get the impression he sees each as $$$$$$.  There are other ways to trap animals that are much more humane, and I thought America was trying to get away from real animal furs in abundance!  If he's a guide, surely he can come up with other ways to support himself!  The other cast members have......

Linda Brennan
Linda Brennan

Sorry but I do not miss Erik - he is my least favorite!  As far as I am concerned you can leave him off!  The other cast members seem to be much more compassionate when coming to HAVING to kill animals......he kills them mostly as a means of income - skins/hydes....do not agree with this!

Angela Chambliess
Angela Chambliess

I am 55 and my husband is 76. we love the show Eric is our favorite!!he is such a natural.however I think fans should find him a mate.plus, does anyone know where Eric is from?

Terry Wiginton
Terry Wiginton

Love this show.....my desire to live there is greater with every episode! You literally have everything on earth. Peace, beauty, tranquility! The satisfaction of physical labor over going to the office!!! The only thing you are missing is a little love and affection : )

Susan Hawcroft
Susan Hawcroft

I just love your episodes- please keep filming! You're absolutely fascinating and the ultimate survivor. Best of luck, health, happiness and success.

John Heddleston
John Heddleston

Yeah, where is Erik Salitan?  Hope he is still part of this show.

Diane Moore
Diane Moore

ya what happened to Eric? He is the one main character i want to see on the show.

Rhonda Mauney
Rhonda Mauney

Where is Erik Salitan???? The show is not near as good without him!!! Bring him back!!!

Linda Varela
Linda Varela

I am wondering why we are not seeing Erik.... He is one of my favorites. I hope he is not being replaced by that new guy. The show would certainly lose allot of its integrity .

Thomas Gagnon
Thomas Gagnon

why aren't we seeing Erik , love the show really enjoyed Erik is he coming back?

Bobbie Phelps
Bobbie Phelps

Hi Erik, love this show! I admire the life you have made for yourself. Missed seeing you on the season premier on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Hope to see more of you in the future. I for one will continue to watch as you guys fascinate me. Good luck and God bless.

David Smith
David Smith

The type of mentality that it takes to desire to live in conditions like this fascinates me.  I hate the cold and don't like being alone for long periods of time.  As he says, it is a matter of attitude but, other than perhaps a DNA disposition, what is the source of the compulsion to choose this lifestyle?  Perhaps there is an attraction of being forced to concentrate only on survival rather than the varied and confusing complexities of modern life that often result in a low grade anxiety that most of us possess.  These people might have some fear in their bellies but, they have a clearer picture of what they are afraid of and that give them a better sense of control.  Anyway, I really don't know and that is why I'll keep watching.  

David Smith
David Smith

The type of mentality that it takes to have the desire to live in conditions like this fascinates me.  I hate the cold and don't like being alone for long periods of time.  As he says, it is a matter of attitude but, other than perhaps a DNA disposition, what is it that compels them to choose this lifestyle?  Perhaps there is an attraction of being forced to concentrate only on survival.  Perhaps there is a kind of Zen simplicity in that brings a certain level of peace most of us have trouble achieving.  

Spencer Groff
Spencer Groff

Erik,

You are a rugged and self reliant man. I'm the same age as you, but I think you have a lot more life experience since you live in the Alaskan bush. You are an inspiration to a guy like me who wishes to be more independent and capable of living "Off the grid". 

Keep up the good work. 


Spencer

Aditi Campbell
Aditi Campbell

 You Erik are a scary young man. I simply do not understand why you have to trap innocent animals for your own gain. It's hard enough for them to survive up there without you trapping them. It's cruel and i think you get WAY too much enjoyment out of it. This form of hunting should be banned and I hope one day it will.If your hungry go out and shoot something...you don't have to make the animals suffer like that. Perhaps you need to step into one of your own traps and perhaps you would think twice about what you are doing. I also believe you could use some professional help.  Remember this Erik, Karma (the law of cause and effect) will follow you throughout your life. You  reap what you sow! STOP TRAPPING!

Doreen Leahy
Doreen Leahy

Hi Erik, love the show! You are a great teacher. Have learned a lot about trapping and food prep. I was curious why you settled in Wiseman as opposed to other areas, and if you bought the land you live on. Stay safe. Doreen Leahy

Alan Weber
Alan Weber

To The Wise Man of Wiseman-

"I eat when I'm hungry, sleep when I'm tired and work when there is work to be done."  Sounds like a quote from Bankei, the 17th century Zen Master.  I'd say your quest is spiritual and that you've find an ideal place and lifestyle in which to practice.

Alan Weber/Hollywood, Florida

Dave Rodman
Dave Rodman

 Eric,

In a way I am envious of you. I am not sure if I could have made the move, to the extreme as you did. Keep it up and godspeed. BTW:you have hunter fox w/my father and the gang at the Conesus Lake Sportsmans Club.   

Dave Rodman
Dave Rodman

Eric,

In a way I am envious of you. I am not sure if I could have made the move, to the extreme as you did. Keep it up and godspeed. BTW:you have hunter fox w/my father and the gang at the Conesus Lake Sportsmans club.   

Trisha Snyder
Trisha Snyder

When this crazy bat-s*** world goes down,you'll still be standing tall. I have the utmost respect for your life.


Yvette Plouffe
Yvette Plouffe

Erik, you're quite the man! I admire your spunk!


Dennis Costabile
Dennis Costabile

I am sure you get thousands of messages a day, are you alone?

Deborah S.
Deborah S.

Leave the wolves and the cats  alone! Snares are a terrible way to hunt! The animal suffers and if your living off the land you certainly don't need to sell the fur do you?!!!  

George W.
George W.

Sorry...correction, "Rubber Lipper" !!! Slang for one who endlessly talks often repeating the same things over time. One that is so overwhelmed by the sense of others that they can't dialog but rather dominates the conversation by merely continuously speaking over everyone & at the expense of any potential friendships she could have.

George W.
George W.

This appears to be a spinoff to "Yukon Men". First episode was just an intro to some of the characters in the show. I hope that more time is spent showing their way of life vs. the narratives we saw from cabin fever "Sue". She appeared to have spent far to much time talking to herself and now that she has a real audience, she has become a true "rubber lipped"!!! ;)

scott pierson
scott pierson

@Linda Brennan Im sure at his age hes acomplished alot more than you could ever imagine linda. Lay off him hes carving a future for himself and not asking the government for anything. I think that is awsome. He is an amazing kid and I would pay to hunt with him any time.

Jenn C
Jenn C

@Aditi Campbell 

I think if you had to live outside your pretty little house with no heat no electric no food no car.. nothing<< you wouldn't survive 5 min .I feel bad for you that you shop at your pretty little shopping markets with chemicals that your fruits and veggies are being washed w... bc you wouldn't know how to grow your own crops, plant flowers, hunt, fish or skin animals to use their fur for WARMTH!!!! Maybe he does get pleasure out of it but its called survival!!! im sure you have deep dark pleasures that you wouldn't want people to know about!!! so before you talk about a man that I have respect for because if anything would happen to this planet  and we had to rely on hunting and gathering and defend ourselves against predators, he would be the number one person I would want to be with!!! So why don't you be careful what you say because karma does come back and it will on you and YOU will be hunted for food. Ignorance is what your called!!! why don't you learn and get knowledge about something before you put your 2 cents in!!! I had to post this twice because just incase you didn't get it the first time!!!!

Jenn C
Jenn C

@Aditi Campbell 

I think if you lived outside of your  pretty little home with no electric no heat no car no fancy supermarket that you shop at once a week.. worrying about where your next meal comes from. for 5 min I think you would think differently. Y don't you try doing that or grow your own crops or hunt or fish or skinning the animals to use their fur for warmth!!!!  THIS IS CALLED SURVIVAL!!!!!  He might find pleasure out of it but im sure you have deep pleasures that you wouldn't want people to know  about also!!!!! He is not some dude in a big city doing it!! why don't u put your self in someone eles shoes for 5 min before you say something you do not even know about.

Bob R.
Bob R.

@Aditi Campbell WTF Aditi???  You're just another bleeding heart phony environmentalist who is about as far removed from the environment as a zoo animal.  Shall we give the "wild" animals no honor and respect in a cage because they are soo pretty to look at?  Your idea of the environment is probably wearing your Uggs while talking to your "friends" on facebook and eating "organically" grown fish as long as you don't have to kill it.  Grow up and stop watching "Survivor, Tampa Bay"

Robert Murray
Robert Murray

@Aditi CampbellI would like to start by saying that I do not necessarily promote trapping and or sport hunting, and I grew up in the North in a an extremely large family that existed by living off of what the land offered!

Your entitled to your opinion and so am I!  THAT IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!!  YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND!!!

I don't know what you do to survive or to sustain yourself but for a lot of people in the world this is a way of life and has been for hundreds of years!  It's not as easy to just give up this practice as you may believe, as this is how many people survive in a very harsh environment, it's there bread and butter! 

Living in the North is no cake walk my friend!  But up until you have walked a mile in the footsteps of these people that live this way of life i don't believe it's fare for you to pass judgement!

There may very well come a day where you will have to eat your own words!!!

Again your entitled to your opinion but your not God! So don't judge what you don't understand!

Joseph B
Joseph B

Oh Please....After you post I bet you went to the local steakhouse and enjoyed a delicious porterhouse.  You are a perfect example of a hypocrite.  Change the Channel

Erica Johnson
Erica Johnson

That is living off the land!!! You utilize all of your game. Yes even selling the hide. Some people just don't get it.

Joseph B
Joseph B

Good point, she probably has a collection of fine leather boots though huh....