Surviving the cold of Alaska by hunting and fishing is nothing sort of easy. Such is the risk that hunters might become the prey, and the cold might freeze to death. Nonetheless, the couple Chip Hailstone and his wife Agnes Hailstone lives by the edged of nature. Residing in the North West of Alaska by the Kobuk River Chip and Agnes are the subsistent hunters. Chip is handy with 12-gauge antique rifles and .22, bow, and arrow. In times of need, Chip does not hesitate to secure hunt with the bare hands. Chip makes the most of the kill by using every part into useful things such as skin and fur are converted into clothes.
Chip Hailstone was born on March 8, 1969, in Kalispell, Montana, U.S. to his parents Daniel Franklin Hailstone and Mary Lois Hailstone. Growing up in Kalispell he learned the tricks and trade of a hunter. There is not much other information available about his early life. Such as his education and other family backgrounds. Chip came to Alaska in 1988 and ended by staying due to the lure of hunting.
Personal Life: Married To Inupiaq wife Agnes Hailstone
Chip is a married man to Agnes Hailstone. Chip and Agnes first met in Noovrik, however, the information about exactly when is not available. Later the couple tied the knot around 1992. So far their marriage has been blissful. The more than twenty-five years of the couple lives with their family in Noovriv, Alaska a small city of roughly 700 inhabitants. Agnes is an Alaskan native, born to the Inupiaq tribe. Inupiaq are the generational hunters and their main source of food comes from hunting and fishing. Learning the tricks and trade from her parents Agnes matured as a hunter at a young age.
Looking into how Chip and Agnes live, the couple seasonally moves as further as 90 miles from their home base looking for the hunt. In doing so, the family packs the tents and necessary equipment to keep themselves safe from cold and wild animals. Hunting is not always easy and family has seen their share of accidents and tragedy. Agnes lost her mother and brother to the icy water of Alaska.
Chip and Agnes have given birth five daughters. They are Tinmiaq, Iriqtaq, Mary, Caroline, and Qutan Hailstone. Even though hailstone lives a self deprived life the children are sent to school. The eldest of daughters were initially homeschooled later attended a local school in Noovrik.
Amongst the siblings, Iriqtaq graduated from Noovrik High School in 2015 and she became a mother a year later in 2016. In the final year, she played basketball alongside her younger sister Mary. The youngest two Caroline and Qutan are learning the trade from their parents.
Agnes was previously married and had two sons, Douglas and Jon. The eldest two grew up as hunters, from time to time they appear in the show. Douglas is married to Gloria Iyatunguk, and together they have five children. Jon is also married and has kids.
Chip Hailstone and his family’s lifestyle is documented in Nat Geo reality TV show “Life Below Zero.” Chip joined the cast since the inception of the show in 2013. Chip has gone onto firmly established on the show and has appeared in 129 episodes until 2020. Life Below Zero has 13 seasons as of 2020 and we can expect it to return with another season. The show also features Sue Aikens, Jessi Holmes, Andy Bassich meanwhile Erik Salitan and Glenn Villeneuve have left the show.
Chip and his wife Agnes net worth is estimated at over $250,000. Their main source of income comes from the reality TV show “Life Below Zero.” The earning is also attributed to the parts of the animal they put on sale. They hunt animals and fishes like caribou, bear, bison, fox, wolf, wolverine, fish, walrus, waterfowl, seal, and whale.
Trouble with law and jail time
Chip Hailstone was sentenced to 15 months jail time after the conviction of two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements. The trouble with law kept him on probation from using modern firearms, so his wife did the shooting part during the hunting sessions. Out of 15 months, Chip spent ten months in jail before he was released in the spring of 2017. He got cleared of all convictions in December of 2017. The absence of Chip Hailstone from the show in most of 2017 makes sense now.
After getting out, Chip got right into the filming of “Life Below Zero” and continues to be part of the show. He is no longer prohibited using modern firearms.
All the trouble began for Chip Hailstone following an incident happened on July 13, 2011; his stepson Jonathan Carter was involved in the altercation with another family in Noovrick. Chip claimed a resident had pointed a rifle at his then 17 years old daughter after the incident. The family had to go through the subsequent questioning with troopers during one of them Chip claimed Alaska state Trooper Christopher Bitz physically assaulted his then-17-year-old daughter, Tinmiaq. He asked for a restraining order for his daughter and later also filed an appeal for his perjury convictions.
Chip Hailstone Quotes regarding his lifestyle
We’re not at the end of the road, we’re 300 miles away from the end of the road.
Possessions are a burden when you live out of snow machine and a sled.
We do not live out there we survive.
I think a lot of people live among a lot of other people but they do not know anybody.
Edward Chip Hailstone
Date of Birth
March 8, 1969
Place of Birth
Kalispell, Montana, U.S.
TV personality, Hunter
Tinmiaq, Iriqtaq, Mary, Caroline, and Qutan Hailstone