Chip Hailstone from “Life Below Zero” in jail: what did he did? More about Family, Felony and Arrest

Who is Chip Hailstone?

Edward “Chip” Hailstone was born in 1969, in Kalispell, Montana USA, and is a hunter as well as a television personality, best known from earning popularity through the television show “Life Below Zero”. He and his family feature in the show alongside five other groups or individuals, as they try to survive life in Alaska in below zero temperature conditions.

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The Net Worth of Chip Hailstone

How rich is Chip Hailstone? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is at $100,000, earned largely through a successful career on television. However, his total wealth and earning capability was cut short after a series of crimes committed in the last few years. Time will tell if his net worth will increase after his incarceration.

Life Before Television

Chip grew up in Kalispell, and during his time there started learning to both fish and hunt. During his late teens in 1988, he visited Alaska on a trip and the visit would become a permanent stay in the small town of Noorvik, where there are only around 700 in the population. He stayed there for the next few years, during which time he met a fellow hunter named Agnes, three years younger than him, who was born and raised in Alaska. The two’s friendship would grow into a romance and they eventually married. While the details of their marriage have not been shared, many speculate that they tied the knot during the 1990s. The two started a family, and they now have five children together, all of whom would grow in a lifestyle of survival amidst the largely cold harsh temperatures of the region. Despite the active participation of their children in the hunting lifestyle, the parents have made it a point that they complete their education. Two of their children were active athletes in their respective schools, while one has moved away to attend college. His eldest daughter would later have a child, making Chip a grandfather.

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Life Below Zero

Hailstone and his family’s life were mainly out of the spotlight until their lifestyle caught the attention of television show producers, who invited them to become a part of an upcoming documentary television series entitled “Life Below Zero”. The series aims to showcase the daily and seasonal activities of hunters who have made their living in remote places of Alaska, and is aired on the National Geographic Channel, but produced by BBC Worldwide. The title of the show is a reference to the fact that Alaska is mostly wrapped in below zero conditions for most of the year. The family along with numerous other cast members are shown in their everyday struggles, depending on what they need to survive. The family reside near the Kobuk River in Nordic which is 19 miles (30kms) north of the Arctic Circle in a very cold area of Alaska. Hailstone’s wife is the one shown with family ties that extend back thousands of years, so having intimate knowledge of surviving in Alaska taught by her family throughout the generations. Agnes is one of the main focuses of the show, though all  the family also appear regularly.

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Success on Television

The show proved highly successful from its beginning, and was nominated for a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Program. The following year it won the award, and in 2017 won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program.

Other cast members of the show include the sole resident of Kavik River Camp – Sue Aikens – and the lone resident of Chandalar, Glenn Villenueve who migrated to Alaska from Burlington, Vermont in 1999. There is also Jessie Holmes who lives in Nenana, surviving as a fisherman, dogsled racer and hunter, living with his 40 sled-dogs. Andy Bassich lives alone at the Yukon River near Eagle, with 25 sled dogs; he moved there from Washington, D.C. with his wife, but they divorced in 2016. The final cast members of the show are the young couple Erik and Martha Salitan who reside in Wiseman, and are used to living in the wilderness.

Extended Family

Chip’s wife Agnes was previously in a relationship, and had two children with that partner – her children are now full-time hunters who have been featured in “Life Before Zero” as well. Both of them are married and have children. Occasionally, the family migrates to make the most out of the season and in hunting more game. They also use non-edible parts of the animals they hunt, making them into arts and crafts which they can trade to supplement their income. Instead of using currency, their wares are often bartered for things they need. Chip is a registered hunter in Alaska, however, recent legislation on hunting states that foreign hunters in the state cannot hunt marine animals as they are reserved for the locals. His wife is a tribal member and so qualifies, but their marriage does not make him a member of the tribe.

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Imprisonment

Hailstone was incarcerated in the Anchorage Correctional Complex in 2017, and is set to serve a 15 month sentence behind bars despite raising claims of error regarding his case. After his imprisonment, he will serve around three years in probation. According to reports, he was convicted on two counts of perjury and one count of providing false information to officers. Reports state that he claimed that an Alaskan state trooper physically assaulted his then 17 year old daughter, stating to the media that the officer had a submission hold on his daughter while trying to talk to him.

The other Alaskan trooper present during the altercation disputed the claims, despite which Hailstone was still sure that it was assault which left the family fearful for their lives. He filed for a restraining order against the trooper, but was still charged with perjury. A lot of fans of the family expressed their disappointment in his conviction with many believing that he was imprisoned wrongfully. Despite these events, the family continues to appear on television without him. His popularity suggests that he will resume participation in the series after his release.

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  1. Hi.. I love the show. However one thing really disturbed me on a couple episodes. The Hailstones were in their boat and were actively hunting caribou that were swimming across the river. They pulled up behind the animals and shot them in the head from behins!!! How is this giving the animal a fair chance in the wild!!! Can someone tell me how this xan be legal?? Please enlighten me!! Those animals were slaughtered. They pull their boat up from behind the animal while swimming and shot in the back of the head!! How is this fair and ethical?? Giving the animal a fair chance in the wild?? Help me understand this?? Very disturbing??? Thanks for reading this.

    1. Erhm?
      It’s hunting?
      How is it unfair to get as close as possible to the animal, delivering a fatal shot to the brain of the animal, which kills it instantly?

      Is it more fair for someone to shoot an animal from a distance, sometimes missing and having to take multiple shots, and the animal sometimes being allowed a certain amount of time to be terrified and in pain?

      Wanna talk about something that can be referred to as so-called unfair and unethical? Then I’d most definitely say this particular incident is not included, however, one episode Martha and her husband is out hunting, and I’m pretty sure that it’s a Karibu, and then they run out of bullets. The animal is injured but is not killed. It tries to flee into the wilderness but buckles a few metres in, and them, still being out of bullets, have to get up close and personal and finish the killing with a hunting knife….which we thank goodness is spared the documentation off.

      Now THAT situation I had and have several issues with for multiple reasons! First and foremost, don’t go bloody hunting if you only have 5 bullets on you. It’s your responsibility as a hunter to make a killing quick and free from pain, stress and terror for the animal in question.

      These are the very same reasons why I also have and had a problem with the whole hunting of a porcupine, where it flees up into a tree, the tree is being knocked over with the usage of an axe, and then he uses the freaking tree trunk to bash the animal to death, and again, we’re spared seeing too much of it, but the shots still shows that it took him more than one bashing.

      Now THAT is not alright! And those killings should definitely have been reported to wildlife services in my opinion. As humans we know what humane hunting is, and we’ve got a responsibility to treat animals with decency and respect and show them the kindness of not having to suffer in pain or being panicked. In my opinion, there’s definitely depicted cases where those rules are most certainly not being honoured or respected. However, the boat scene is not among those. The only stress factor those animals experience is the short few seconds where they have to deal with the situation of being wild animals and having human beings getting closer to them than their ‘flight response’ is finding comfortable, because it’s a prey animal.

      I mean….do you get that these people don’t have jobs so they can go to the store and buy whatever? This is their job. Being out hunting and gathering. Getting meat and roots and fish and plants ect ect ect?

      What is unethical behaviour about a family using literally every single part of a kill, which also is highly imperative for the survival of the people? I seriously don’t understand the part of it that in your opinion should be unfair, unethical or even illegal?

      I could have understood it if you had gotten upset about one of the cases that I’ve mentioned, but this particular one, in my opinion, is very ethical and quickly executed. And by children no less. The two others was done by adults.

    2. They are not hunting for sport. They are hunting for food. They do not have a grocery store or Walmart to shop at. Totally different hunting scenario.

    3. Yes glad you raised that one,I was always under the belief that i you should not shoot to wound the animal one shot one kill.how did they have a clear shot?

    4. They are living off the land. There’s nothing fair about it.

      Should gives the livestock that you and I most likely eat a chance or a run for it?

      Waiting for the caribou to get on land and have a running chance is an idiotic thought to begin with. They’re killing animals to eat. They need to be humane, but killing an animal in an easier fashion is not inhumane. It’s practical

    5. You sound like a gamer. This is real life and not chess or an internet gsme with chivalrous rules

      They’re hungry and a headshot ended things without undue suffering

  2. I left a really long comment the other day…
    Why is it not posted yet?

    Kinda makes me not want to go into the efforts of going through making very detailed and thought through messages to contribute to a conversation when it’s not even being posted.

    I wasn’t disrespectful or using unacceptable language…so I’m not sure why my posting wasn’t being approved….I’m kinda disappointed actually…

  3. I’ve actually tried to comment for several days in a row now. Why exactly is it that my comments isn’t being approved?

    I’d like an explanation by now

    1. I’m reading your comments. Might take awhile in this site just to make sure things go by the rules and aren’t personally inflammatory 😉

  4. Cops always lie. I will never believe Chip Hailstone is guilty. His plight is a travesty of injustice that is all too common in modern days.

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