For over 10 years and 11 seasons, fans have taken to their TV sets to watch the lives and struggles of the Kilcher Household. Centered around the Kilcher household, Alaska: The Last Frontier has garnered a large number of fans over the years. And while the series has relatively remained out of controversy, it is not entirely clean. In this article, we will take a look at some of the behind-the-scenes secrets from Alaska: The Last Frontier.
Living in the wilderness can mean that you are completely unaware of the laws put into action. As the Kilcher family depends on meat for survival, hunting is a way of life. However, things got a little bit out of hand when the family hunted a bear with the help of helicopters. The Alaskan State Troopers got wind of this and charged the family, as it is illegal to hunt bears from a helicopter in Alaska. The family had to settle the charges with a $17,500 fine. The antics of Atz Kilcher have earned him a fair share of criticism, the loudest of which is PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Troubling time for the kids
The singer/songwriter Jewel Kilcher is undoubtedly the most famous of the Kilcher children. In her book, The Architecture of All Abundance: Seven Foundations to Prosperity, Jewel talks about the difficult upbringing she and her siblings faced. After her mother left when Jewel was just 8-years of age, the siblings suffered physical abuse from their father, who was still licking the wounds from his time in the Vietnam war and the abuses he suffered during his own childhood. While the pair share a loving relationship now, Jewel did not have the best of time with her father. But for Jewel troubles did not stop there. After leaving home at 15-years of age, Jewel was homeless for quite a while. Thinking that the situation would only last a few months, Jewel decided to live in her car and ended up living there for a year.
All is not what we see
As most people have never been to Alaska, their perception is shaped by TV series. This is why many Alaskan natives are unhappy with the show that shows Alaska as a far-off place with no amenities to sustain modern life. However, nothing could be farther than the truth and the place has things you would find in any other place.
In fact, the Kilcher’s themselves live just 12-miles away from a grocery store. While their 600-acre land is quite large and ads to the assumption that they live far away from civilization, that is simply untrue. Should the Kilcher’s hope for a normal life, they can simply abandon the homestead and take a short hike to the nearby town of Homer.
Scripted and Over-produced:
As long-time viewers will tell you, the show doesn’t have much going on. As it is shot for 10 months, a lot of footage is produced. The footage is heavily edited making situations direr than it actually is.