Erik Salitan, 28, 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.
A lot of people hating on this guy and I can't say I don't find him unsettling either. The way the show is shot and edited and the heavy use of flies for Erik's segments and showing the skinned frozen corpse pile and killing. You guys have to understand it's a show shot at a certain time of year. You can only legally hunt certain things for brief times of the year. Hunters will also not harm pregnant females or mothers caring for young (that's bad business). It's off putting only because it's such a different life than the ones we live. His portrayal in the show is not indicative of who he is in real life. The show makes him look like the angel of animal death but he isn't killing everything that crosses his field of view. He seems happy when he kills something because he gets to have dinner, power generators, afford fuel for his snow machine, have money for any curve balls that come his way. It's a life that only works well if the number of people living like that stays few. None of them had much trouble finding animals so you can assume their isn't a huge shortage of said animals.
If we all quit are crappy lives to be hunter/trappers, yea then I'd have a problem with it. There would be nothing to hunt or trap. The Beluga blubber in the Hailstones' segments should bother you more than a few rats.
I like the segments with Erik much better than Glens His are interesting just in a much different way.. . Not sure why it changed part way through the season and we stopped seeing Erik's path in life.
.. Erik's way of life was cool to watch, Catching the Lynx was pretty amazing to watch. . Some of my family lives up in Fairbanks area and my brother traps. I trap down here on the East coast not really the same but I know the work and time that goes into a trap line.. Great job Erik..
I greatly enjoyed Erik on the show and I am very disappointed that he is not on this season. I bet he got tried of having the cameras follow him around, which I can understand but I will miss seeing him and the show is just not the same without him :-(
I started watching late and saw some repeats with Eric. I agree bring him back. I like Glenn, he's a good guy. They all have there +'s & -'s.
when will the new season begin?
I'm a big fan of Erik's. His independence, intelligence and manner remind me a great deal of one of my sons. I find him to be a great representation of a young adult who has found success on his own terms. I suppose that's ultimately what your show is about. You guys have a great show, with an excellent cast, but I'd love to know when and if he will return as part of the show? Please find a way to bring this fine young man back!
HELLO EVERYONE! Regarding Erik this season! ... we asked the NatGeo Production @LifeBelowZeroPT (on twiiter) ...and told us he will be back on the show! below is the short conversation with NatGeo Production. Thanks hope this helps :))
I admire and respect your spirit, Erik. I hope to see you back in the future - that is, if I don't sell everything and head to Alaska myself first.
Just read a few of the posts on this page and have to say, WOW !!! some people are so blind and ignorant. Don't let them get you down. We both know they would not survive one winter night on there own in your world. Hell most wouldn't even survive a summer night.
Anyway my reason for this post was to get info on the weapons, there calibers, and bullet wieght you use. Also if you are in contact with the other cast members ask them. I am also a hunter and feel the outdoors, being in the mountains, is my church.
Surviving off the land is a skill that only a few possess.
I think since there's so many comments about where is Erik and he was a very liked person on the show NatGeo should do some explaining regarding what's happened to Erik to us…the viewer.
I still watch the show, but it's not anywhere as good as when Erik is part of the cast. I was so disappointed when he wasn't included in the most recent season. Any idea when he will return?
I would think he is busy guiding and he and his clients do not want to be filmed. Come on back when you can Erik.
Erik was the only real reason to watch this show. It is easy to admire a guy who can sustain himself the way he does and get to enjoy nature the way he does. I really doubt natgeo booted him off the show in favor of Glenn. Having watched every episode so far multiple times I think it more likely that Erik left the show as his choice.
Lot's of questions about where Erik went... Read through the comments below there's plenty of explanation as to why. By all accounts he'll be back once he's done with his "day job" guiding/operating Bushwhack Alaska. As for the criticism about his trapping practices. Spend some time on Alaska's Fish & Game website and become familiar with the rules and regulations. Trapping, hunting and fishing are highly regulated and the wildlife is a well protected, renewable resource. Erik has to be very careful with his practices. If he runs afoul of the regs he'll lose his guiding license and hence his livelihood, especially since everything is video'd. Speak not of things you do not know.
I wondered what happened to Eric. I'm glad to read below that he is ok. After a couple shows I wondered is something ate him or something similarly as terrible happened to him since there was no mention of him on the show.
I'd also like to tell you I love the show and ask you to please make more episodes, so there'd be two to three new episodes a week. I imagine that is easier said than done, but the show is really refreshing. Who knew living even near the Artic Circle is even possible? Love the show.
You have a plane, nice truck, and all these toys. You are doing real well with your ventures. I love to hunt and fish myself but I don't see how you can justify killing these animals just for fur. Kill a links for thirty dollars when the world don't even really use fur anymore is jacked. Show some respect for a place that's been so good to you.
I had the amazing opportunity to recently speak with Erik directly regarding his guide service http://www.bushwhackalaska.com/ and a possible future hunt. That being said, I've seen several posts online regarding his .22 sidearm so I asked him about it. It is a Ruger Mark II http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruger_mark_II. Also, as a prior poster mentioned since he owns and operates Bushwhack Alaska he was busy running his guide business during the summer and is still part of the cast for Life Below Zero and shooting episodes during the off season. We should be seeing new episodes including him after the summer episodes have run their course.
I was wondering is the name of the .22 cal pistol Erik uses for hunting? Any help would be great.! I love that show!!!
I SURE HOPE THAT ERIK IS STILL PART OF THE CAST HE IS AN INCREDIBLY INTERESTING PERSON. I LIKE THE OTHER FOLKS BUY HE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. WILL HE BE COMMING BACK/
Well, He does have a job in the spring and fall(guiding & outfitting) out side this show. I am sure he keeps them separate for the reasons and respect (privacy) of his customers.
He is a real trooper he is young and he chooses not to be bothered with the outside world i do not blame him.
After reading (and LOL :) many of the Bambi/Disney comments..their world shall be crashing down if the Electrical service were to shut down.
..Mine included. ;-P
After watching the first installment and not seeing Erik, but seeing the new cast member, Glenn I am wondering if Erik is still a member on this show? I like Erik and the life he is living in Alaska and the plan he has to ensure himself of food, water and cash for when cash is needed. Of all the cast member I think the Erik has the best handle on that . So I gotta ask. Is Erik still a cast member? If so when will we see him again? If not what happened that he is no longer on the show? Would love to know the answers to these questions as in my area there are a few other viewers asking the same thing. Hope to have an answer sooner rather than later!!!!!!!! Thanks in advance!!!!!
Slim im a citybilly and your the man. I am an urban combatist from the hood, I love to hunt and I see skill, I would book a trip in a Baltimore minute. This is also one of my favorite segments of the show very very imformative I am now trying hide tanning with the help of you and a couple other sources i could only hope to one day put what i have learned watching you on the show to good use and have my very own bear rug....Stop by PETA
Your pretty cool Eric, of all the people on the show you seem to be the only one who has their shit together, your pad is cool but where's the shower???!!!!
The show is great, I watch it religiously. Eric and Sue are my favorites! I lived in Alaska for over a year I regret leaving but it was beyond my control.Anyways, Eric I just want to know where you got the Cape Buffalo skull or African Buffalo as they are called ( I'd know those horns any where.) and the antelope? I'm not so versed on ALL the animals we have perse but I am when it comes to African big cats and their prey! It does not say you have hunted anywhere outside the US and hunting in Africa is some what loathed you would have to be outside parks and game reserves. I think you have too much respect for animals to do something like that tho. The curiosity is killing me. That's a lot of money to spend for some bones.
@A. Thibado Maybe you should move up there with him.. and follow him around in his exciting adventures! he would prolly appreciate that someone special to rock his lonely wild world~! if you know what i mean... Haha! :)+
@Wichie R Awesome! I really missed Erik this season. Get rid of that amateur, Glenn. The Hailstones, Erik, and Sue are the reasons I love this show. Andy stresses me out. Kate is a Saint. I couldn't handle him flying off the handle like he does.
@Jorge Di Salvo no way is Erik more interesting to listen to the Sue. She has personality and Erik, well blah to say the least.
@Jorge Di Salvo Ur a full-time moron ... Sue is amazing!
@Chris Moore Amen sir!
@Shawn Patenaude Great comment ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
@darrin coffee Get a life. Who are you to lecture? Eric shows appreciation for everything he kills. He hunts and fishes for subsistence, or do you not comprehend that? Sounds like envy to me.
@James Raven thank you so much!! my husband is 76 and I am 55. we live in Austin,Texas. we love Eric the Wiseman!! so happy to hear that we will see more of him.Happy Holidays
@David Shea It is a Ruger.
@April M. he complains too much. Eric was always positive
@Craig Gay I agree with everything you said. He was/is my favorite. Really don't care for Glenn.
@Lisa Spires Erik is a Registered Guide, Pilot, and member of numerous hunting and conservation groups including the Alaska Professional Hunters Association, (((( Safari Club International )))) Dallas Safari Club and the Northwest Sportsmans Club.