Surviving the cold of Alaska by hunting and fishing food is challenging. Such is the risk that hunters might become the prey, and the cold might freeze them to death. Nevertheless, there are people like Chip Hailstone and his wife Agnes Hailstone who flourish under such circumstances.
Chip Hailstone [ A.K.A Edward Hailstone] lives with his wife and children on the Kobuk River in the North West of Alaska. He is a skilled hunter and uses 12-gauge antique rifle, .22, bow, and arrow for hunting. Even with the bare hands, he can secure the hunt. Chip makes the most of the kill by deploying every body part into use. Their skin and fur are converted into clothes. Part of the remains is used for decoration purpose.
The way Chip has chosen to live has not come without a price. He grieved the death of his mother-in-law and brother-in-law to icy water. Despite the harsh reality he has not changed a bit.
Chip Hailstone and his family’s lifestyle is documented in Nat Geo reality TV show “Life Below Zero,” as the part of the six families chosen from remote Alaska to feature in the show. The show has gained him significant popularity around the world. In this article, we will bring you everything about this reality TV star including his net worth.
Chip Hailstone Wiki/Bio, Age
Chip Hailstone was born on March 8, 1969, in Kalispell, Montana, United States to his parents Daniel Franklin Hailstone and Mary Lois Hailstone. As of now, he is 49 years of age.
He grew up in Kalispell learning hunting and fishing. He always wanted to live a life of a hunter. When Chip came to Alaska in 1988, he had no intention of settling. However, he could not resist the appeal of hunting.
Chip and his family primarily live in Noovriv, Alaska a small city of roughly 700 inhabitants. Seasonally they move as far as 90 miles in search of the best hunt. In doing so, the family packs the tents and necessary equipment to keep themselves safe from cold and wild animals.
Chip Hailstone Married To Inupiaq wife Agnes Hailstone and bore five children with her
Chip is married to more than twenty-five years of wife Agnes Hailstone. Agnes is an Alaskan native born in Inupiaq tribe. The member born in such family are exposed to hunting and fishing from a young age. No surprise Agnes is an excellent hunter and complements her husband.
The couple first met in Noovrik, however, the information about exactly when is not available. Chip and Agnes became friends. Gradually after falling in love, the two got married around 1992. So far their marriage has been blissful.
Together the couple has five daughters; Tinmiaq, Iriqtaq, Mary, Caroline, and Qutan Hailstone. Occasionally their daughters join them in hunting while not involved in academics. Their eldest of daughters were initially homeschooled later they went to local school in Noovrik.
Iriqtaq graduated from Noovrik High School in 2015. In the final year, she played basketball alongside her sister with the later served as basketball captain during freshmen year. Chip teaches necessary survival skills to his younger daughters; Caroline and Qutan. When they have survivalists like Chip and Agnes, we can expect them to turn out good.
Agnes was previously married and had two sons, Douglas and Jon from the relationship. The eldest two grew up as hunters, time to time they appear in the show with their parents. Douglas is married to Gloria Iyatunguk, and together they have five children. Jon is also married with kids.
Chip Hailstone Net Worth
Chip and his wife Agnes Net Worth is estimated over $250,000. Their main source of income is from reality TV show “Life Below Zero.” The earning is also attributed to the parts of animal they put on sale. They hunt animals and fishes like caribou, bear, bison, fox, wolf, wolverine, fish, walrus, waterfowl, seal and whale. The show also features other casts; Sue Aikens, Glenn Villeneuve, Jessi Holmes, Eric Salitan, Andy Bassich.
Chip Hailstone 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 was declared true. The trouble with law kept him on probation from using modern firearms, so his wife did the shooting part during hunting session. 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 in 2018. 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 interviews 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.