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Life Below Zero

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Dr T, May 23, 2013.

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  1. red04montels

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    Caribou, can you guess what I'm gonna go watch when I'm done with class? :D
     
  2. IROCZ

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    Caribou, Love the show. I was sucked in when I saw your wife holding the Mosin sniper! Good luck with your legal troubles.
     
  3. caribou

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    Sunday's show is 'new' episode 11, still season 1..... should kick off with us hunting, the river breakin' up and all things that relate to "the melt down". :D

    Glad youall are likeing it!!
     
  4. Buzznrose

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    Caribou,

    I caught Sundays episode where you and your bride were running the rivers and she was shooting ducks, rats, and beavers. Great show! What make and caliber is that little carbine lever gun? Looked like a real handy little rifle!

    Stay safe, thanks for a look into your life, and my best to y'all!

    Buzz
     
  5. hso

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    It looked like there was a small caliber lever, a small caliber bolt, and a pump shotgun in use on the river. I'm also curious about the make/models, but with the humidity and water was wondering what was used to prevent rust.
     
  6. BigLar

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    Fantastic when you said something along the lines of "It's hot as hell out here. It's nearly 40 degrees!"

    Amazing how acclimated one gets to their environment.

    The show is fun to watch.
     
  7. 351 WINCHESTER

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    Great show. Someone needs to adjust the sights on that Winchester 22 rifle.
     
  8. Queen_of_Thunder

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    What caught me was the statement of how hot it was with the temperature at 40 degrees. Here hot really doesn't start until the temp hits 100 degrees.
     
  9. JerZsquid

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    What happened to that skinny guy who had business as a guide?
     
  10. caribou

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    The skinny guy couldnt be available for these final 6, but he'll be back soon.

    Yes, out ofthe 70 Muskrats we caught those 4 days,(That aint many) the little Winchester M-94 was not being very co-oprative, and the shooting was too close for the bead front sight,(cover'd the target) but among other issues a rifle can have, we always bring a spare, they are mechanical, and things do go wrong, so we were prepared and after the first few hours , The Marlin Youth single shot was the trick. She used the Marlin for the rest of the hunt.

    I slimmed and trimmed 'em both many years ago.

    When we hunt , we drift up to the animals, the fire up the motor for the dead and wounded. you can tell when they are wounded, as they will noot dive, and we can pluck them from the water for a head bash. The funny one was the little bitty Beaver we thought was a BIG Muskrat, That was very real, and for an animal with a small head, we were sure untill I pulled it up :D

    Belive it or not, but meticulas maintainace is the only way to have a rifle in rain, drizzle, salt water and condesation in winter. The outside get "Ugly' as we say, but the bores on all of them are sharp , bright and shiney. They get alotta use, and they aint pretty, but they are tools......
     
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    It don't have to be pretty to get the job done.
     
  12. KMatch

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    Hey, try to not be like that other show, you know, the one with the quotes, "I forgot to load it" when facing alligators... Good show, but that's just dumb to not check your ammo when fighting gators already in a bad mood. Don't be those guys! At least if you DO run out of ammo, that muskrat isn't as likely to eat you. A bear on the other hand...

    Is moisture in the snow ever a problem with misfires? Here in Texas sweat is a problem. When hog hunting I decided to cycle some of my 9mm to dispatch one in a trap. In a magazine of 16 rounds, about half refused to fire and that was high end nickle cased self defense ammo strapped to my side (inside wasteband) for about a year. That could have been ugly if needed for it's intended purpose. You're in the snow and on the water - ever a problem?
     
  13. V-fib

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    Caribou,

    continue to love the show. Here in west MI in the fall when the temps get into the 40's the local TV weatherpeople think the sky is falling and they always throw in "you might want to wear a jacket" like we are a bunch of imbeciles. Then in the spring when the temps go into the 40's again they get all geeky with the "warm weather".:rolleyes:

    anyway a couple questions about the latest show.

    Do you ever hunt or does your wife do all the shooting?

    Is there a limit on the number of beavers,"rat's" and ducks you can take?

    What kind of weather are you having today 10. 31. 13?

    thanks for your time

    V-fib
     
  14. caribou

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    I hunted just fine untill I was convicted of 'Purgery' last year, when I reported an Alska State Trooper assaulting a child and the AST she was talking to stoppped it , restraind him and removed him from us, then they tamperd heavily with the AST's tape and used it as the only evidence against me, so I had it analized and presented the findings of its alteraion to the judge at sentanceing, and he was not too happy with them, and has allowed me to remain free untill retrial. I have now two with an upcomming third Audio Forensic Specialist anallisis done that show the same reults, and each is quite enough scientific proof of alteration , so the "re-Trial" will most likely be dropped case. I also have the testimony from my grand jury that shows quite plainly the the investigating ABI lied to have me indicted , and as a matter of publuic record in the trial, it was brought up on his examination of the "investigator', and cover the felonys of his fellow AST, I have a Pro bono Fed Defense lawyer thats got this straight and good. Ive made the FBI quite aware of whats going on and told them of my fears that the threats and actions allready made against us, as well that more could come when they want to cover this up more. same to my neighbor, and after 16 months hes out due to retrial.
    Well, thats a rehash of my personal problems, but I can tell you that as long as you stick wit the truth, you will succeed.

    Of course, when asked "Why dont you shoot a gun, Chip?" on camera, i said "'cause I was framed for a Felony, so since I cant touch a gun, my wife is a better shot than me right now" in all humore, but they edited to "She's a better shot than me" as Nat Geo has "The Alaska State Troopers" as a show to conflict with.

    Its a matter of time, that all, and Ill be back there with my antiques :D ~~LOL!!~~

    She dont run out of ammo, ~LOL!~ weve done this for 20+ years together and the wife has for a lifetime, and we wont let them add any "Drama" (what real Hunter go's with out ammo?) and they would be interfearing with our hunt if they tryed, and we would quit, as Hunting success is far more profitable to us than Compensation for a documentry (If we were acting, we'd make much more $$)
    As to the .22's, the dry cold here isnt a problem, and we carry ammo in a bag in our pockets, so if it gets wet, were likely not busy with the guns...:D Keeping ammo clean and dry is part of haveing it and we keep an eye on it.
    The wife shot the 12 in the tube, one in the chamber and quit the Winchester, her sight was moveing around (folding down) , the front bead was a replacment and was huge, something our son had done to replace the ones he had broken whilst in action. The Marlin was the back up .22,( we always have a back up,) "A gun for every occassion" and when one runs dry, its easier to pick up another than fumble with small bullets while cold.

    Also , my wife is missing the tip of her middle finger from a Beaver she shot as a kid, and when you see us so close to the muskrat, and its not diveing, its been hit. I, and most other just reach down and flip them head first against the side of the boat with a good bash, but the wife will keep shooting, and still, she s reluctant to grab them, so I made her a hook :D Thst why you see me grabing them outta the water.

    Yesterday we pulled out our Whitefish neet, its 20 above and the rivers frozen all the way across, so in 4 days I'll set Ice nets, while my wife , son and oldest daughter is in Kotzebue Hunting Seals and getting yearly check ups. This is the way we usually do things, in order of freezing and such, the river's always first. HOWEVER, the freeze up is about 3-1/2 weeks later than last year, definitly not good.

    After 8 months of frozen weather, 30 to -60, 40 above feels pretty damn hot !!! We keep our house around 60, and at night Itll get warmer, as noone is opening doors to come and go.....

    Glad ya like the show, and were makeing more. :D
     
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    After hearing all this I really can't bring myself to watch AST anymore. The profession attracts all types, sometimes the wrong types. Damn shame.
     
  16. V-fib

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    Chip, Sorry to hear about your legal problems. Unjustly accused can really be a nightmare. Sounds like the case will be dropped. Were pulling for you and your family.

    the episode on fishing through the ice with nets was pretty cool. I thought it was pretty cold up there this time of year but wasn't sure.

    My wife and I visited Alaska a couple of years ago in late june. In some of the malls they had -50 degree rooms but all were out of order. I would like to experience that cold of temps someday. Maybe we will take a trip there in the winter sometime.

    Anyway good luck and looking forward to more shows!

    V-fib
     
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    Chip (caribou), I have a thread in the Hunting forum and was wondering if you could add some input. It's about my cold feet when sitting on stand. I know you probably make your own super warm boots with animal skins,(only thing I trap around here are mice and moles and I've already promised my wife I'll make her a coat when I save up enough:D ) Anyway is there a brand of boots you know of in Alaska that the locals wear to ward off the cold? These would be for light walking but mostly for sitting on stand.

    Any input would be appreciated I provided a link to my thread.

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=732676

    V-fib
     
  18. caribou

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    I use Caribou Mukluks for Winter camping and setting traps, but I use "Baffin Boots" , basicly a rubber boot with a felt liner I change out and keep warm with. I add an insole and have 2 pairs of sox on, so I get them a size larger and let my feet have plenty of wiggle room to keep warm in. The Muks get ruined on my snowgo's heat exchangers, so I only use them when Im not riding or doing work in wet/damp conditions.

    For all around use, a 35$ pair of lined baffins and an sextra insole are awsome. but when its cold cold cold out, you gotta move around, thats what I know.

    Finnland uses the same type boots and liners for their military, so Im not the only one :D
     
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    I see they added a new guy and didn't bring back the kid (Eric ?) that was living out on his own. Was there a conflict with the producers? I thought he did pretty good hunting and trapping, wonder why he didn't come back.
     
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    Interesting, I have never heard of the show.
     
  21. IROCZ

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    You should check it out. Lots of hunting and trapping.
     
  22. V-fib

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    Thanks Chip for the boot info. I've heard of that brand before.

    V-fib
     
  23. caribou

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    The 30 year old "Kid' (I wouldnt call 'em a kid ~LOL!~) will be back, his $$ for living is made as a Bear guide, and from what I understand he had trouble with client /filming scheduals, and since this is a "Documantry" the pay is pretty minimal and he'd be loseing out bigtime if he changed his lifestyle for something else.Sooooooo I think he's got it figured and he will , indeed, return.
    Glenn is an interesting addion, well see more of what he's up to. His liveing style reminds me of us when we started out here in the village, and no electricity, no running water,no internet back then, we had honey buckets insted of toilets and gas lights/stoves of coleman type. Knee deep tundra mud and such. Camping in tents is no different and therefore easy.
    In my life, Ive come to mucho like the improvements that have been made after 20 years, and 2 years agao we got the house extended, from 20X24 to 24X40, and the extra room is awsome. Its still easy to heat with wood, but the hot water tank takes about a gallon of 8$ oil a day ~~LOL!!~~ and since we base ourselfs outta here, we have hot showers to return to now and we leave here clean, so its well worth it. No more hepatitus, no more Shagala, no more strep throat and feeling grungy , only to have a wet towle bath. Small haouses are easy to heat, and with more room, everyone seems to relax more when we go inside.
     
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    Caribou, ( Transplant from Boise Idaho to Virginia ) I too have found " Life Below Zero " a couple of months ago and enjoy it very very much. For me and probably others it is really hard appreciate what it takes to live in Alaska / Arctic regions as it looks like a hard life but you make it look like your dream life and you enjoy it very much. For me it would be just to much snow all the time, lol, Thanks again for sharing your lives with us. Be safe and continue the show as it so very interesting to see how other people live up North.
     
  25. Palehorseman

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    The only foot gear I ever found in AK that could keep feet warm no matter what, was the surplus bunny boots.
     
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