Bio alert-Chip Hailstone who served in jail is not Alaskan native. His net worth?

The cold of Alaska is treacherous and surviving there needs a lot of hard work and planning year-round. There are people who would take it at heart beat leaving modern day convenience behind. Meet Chip Hailstone who traded his Montana life to become a tribes person. He leads a life of a survivalist hunting, fishing, tanning, and growing an Inupiaq family. If you do not know what Inupiaq is, it represents the tribal people of northwestern Alaska prominently known for subsistence living. In this article, we will bring everything to know about Chip Hailstone including his brushing with the law even leading to jail time.

Who is Chip Hailstone?

Edward Chip Hailstone is American television personality who rose to fame following numerous appeareance on reality show “Life Below Zero.” Embodying light green eyes, Chip is the son of Daniel Franklin Hailstone and Mary Lois Hailstone, and the family line is descended from Europe. According to horoscope reading Chip is Pisces and possesses quality of flirtatious, charming, and romantic, and, being a water sign, also introverted and emotional.

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Life Below Zero star Chip Hailstone

Early Life

Chip Hailstone was born on March 8, 1969, in Kalispell, Montana, U.S. Growing up in Kalispell he learned the tricks and trade of a hunter. There is not much other information available about his early life. We can not tell for sure whether or not Chip graduated from high school. One thing the boy knew and loved is hunting which made him to stay in Alaska. Chip came to Alaska in 1988 and since calls it home.


Chip had been living a tribal life with his wife Agnes Hailstone and kids which inturn came as a ticket to reality television fame. Hailstone family lived as subsistent hunter in Noorvik, Alaska by the Kobuk River.

While Agnes learned the way of hunting and fishing as a rite of passage from her parents, Chip evolved over the years. Alongside following Inupiaq tradition, Chip is  handy with  12-gauge antique rifles and .22, bow, and arrow and in times of need, he does not shy away from using his bare hands during the hunt. Hailstone family makes the most of the kill as such part not suitable for food source are turned into fur and other useful materials.

Life Below Zero:

After being recruited, Chip and Agnes decided to join the cast of Life Below Zero, an original reality show of National Geography. Chip made his show debut during season 1 episode 1 “End of the Road” in 2013 and made 131 episode appearance until 2021. Chip was absent for entire season nine in 2017 due to his incarceration as a consequence of altercation involved back in 2011.  

Chip Hailstone and his wife agnes hailstone
Chip Hailstone and his wife Agnes hailstone

On November 15, 2022, Life Below Zero season 20 premiered retaining many cast member including Chip Hailstone. Over the years some cast members has also left the show including  Kate RorkeGlenn Villeneuve, and Salitan couple: Eric and Martha Mae while  Jessie Holmes & Ricko Dewilde were later addition.

Brushing with Law & Jail time:

Chip Hailstone was sentenced to 15 months jail time following the conviction of two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements. As the case was ongoing in the court, Chip was also put on probation from using modern firearms. 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. 

Chip Hailstone incarceration is connected to atercation on July 13, 2011. His stepson Jonathan Carter was involved in quarrel with another family in Noovrik. Chip claimed his then 17 years old daughter was put at gun point   point. 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.

How rich is Chip Hailstone? Net Worth?

Living in remote Alaska when you are getting food from nature and making clothes out of animals’ hide an obvious deduction would be money does not have much value. However, we can not rule out the fact guns, fishing boats, and other hunting gears cost money. Also, Chip and his wife Agnes have to bear the expenses of raising their children who went on to receive formal education. Where did all the money come from? Initially, Hailstone family depended on hunting, fishing, gathering, and tanning as their main source of income. With the rise as reality television actor Chip and Agnes have gone on to make big strides in their financial situation. The pair has a combined net worth of $250,000.

Chip Hailstone Net worth

Personal Life:

Chip is a married to longtime wife Agnes Hailstone. The pair first met in Noovrik, Alaska however, the information about exactly when is not available. Later, the couple tied the knot around 1992. 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 of trade from her parents Agnes matured as a hunter at a young age.

So far their marriage has been blissful. In more than 30 years as married couple, the pair alongside their family have resided  in Noovriv, Alaska a  place with roughly 652 inhabitants. The pair seasonally move 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 to 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.

Chip hailstone daughter
Chip hailstone his daughter

Amongst the siblings, Iriqtaq graduated from Noovrik High School in 2015 and 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 traditional hunting and fishing from the family.

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Chip & Agnes Hailstone alongside their kids

There are more children in the family, Chip has two stepson son. Agnes was previously married and had two sons, Douglas and Jon. The name of her ex-husband is uknown for now.

The eldest two grew up as hunters, from time to time they have appeared in the show. Douglas is married to Gloria Iyatunguk, and together they have five children. Jon is also married and has kids.

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.

Wiki Facts

Full NameEdward Chip Hailstone
Date of BirthMarch 8, 1969
Place of BirthKalispell, Montana, U.S.
ProfessionTV personality, Hunter
Net worth$250,000
WifeAgnes Hailstone
KidsTinmiaq, Iriqtaq, Mary, Caroline, and Qutan Hailstone
Zodiac SignPisces
ParentsDaniel Franklin Hailstone, Mary Lois Hailstone

This is update on article published on March 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm Universal time.


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