The Alaskans on Life Below Zero lead very different lives. Sue Aikens keeps her Kavik camp alive, the Hailstones help their family thrive, and Glenn lives to scavenge in the wild. But on the season finale of Life Below Zero, the survivalists all share one common goal – thwart the land’s predators, or turn into prey.
On the season finale, the end of winter is in sight. The impending thaw will finally bring a reprieve to the Alaskans, who have battled extreme temperatures and warded off deadly attacks to make it through the grueling cold. In preparing for the thaw, hunting for food is foremost in the survivalists’ minds.
For Sue, the rising temperatures signal the beginning of visitor season at Kavik River Camp. She needs to start gathering fresh food for her guests and herself, so she decides to try something new: ice fishing. After a day spent unsuccessfully drilling through feet of ice, she comes up empty, but not before seeing a telltale sign of danger.
With only her close-range .44 with her for protection, she’s not equipped to take on a wolf. But after making her way off the ice and out of danger, she gets lucky and spots a bird on her trek home from the river.
Just like that, Sue has enough food for dinner.
For Chip and Agnes Hailstone, the end of winter signals their last chance to hunt for big game before the thaw. Last week, they set up a temporary camp in Kiwalik, eighty-five miles south of their home in Noorvik, in hopes of crossing paths with a herd of caribou.
It’s prime caribou hunting season, and the large animals can feed their family for days. After grazing in the dark winter, the caribou grow heavier, making them better targets for hunting.
Hunting caribou isn’t as easy as just shooting into their herds. Chip and Agnes spot caribou moving in the distance, and hustle to intercept the herd. Unfortunately, Agnes’ gun freezes up while shooting and the gunshots simply startle the animals, missing out on some valuable game.
Over the course of winter, Glenn covers hundreds of miles of extreme terrain while hunting game, so maintaining a high fat diet is crucial for his body to keep up. For a lunch in the wild, he makes use of some boulders to chop a bone in half, looking to eat the marrow.
However, it isn’t long before he comes across the marks of a predator – suspicious-looking prints in the snow, the signs of a wolf minutes away. But just like all of the Life Below Zero survivalists, Glenn knows that he must always keep moving if he wants to survive.
Don’t miss the season finale of Life Below Zero on Thursday at 9P.