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Life Below Zero

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

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  1. Cosmoline

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    http://www.kavikrivercamp.com/

    It's a camp near ANWR for lodging en route in and out, supply dumps, etc. I don't think it's connected to the feds. There are all sorts of people living out there in the bush.
     
  2. Werndl

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    Really appreciate your candor and willingness to give us all a glimpse into your lives. Excellent to see there's still some people out there "doing it right". I agree with the other posters about that self promoting, drama type, sue. Could do with a little less of that. Not that Im saying Id wanna try or do what she does.

    All in all, great show! Thanks to you and yours!!
     
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    I thought it strange that when hunting is your livelihood that she'd take two shots totally unsupported -- classic one knee, or using the snow machine as a support would have been way better. Or did you want some early misses to make the rest of the hunting seem more dramatic?
     
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    Just saw this thread... Congrats on the show, Caribou! I've always enjoyed your posts around the hunting section, and figure you to be one of the most accomplished hunters this site has ever seen. It's inspiring to see people still making a living off of the land as you and your family does!
     
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    I haven't seen the episodes but hope to catch up. Seems like a very interesting show.

    Wish I could visit and hunt in Alaska sometime in the future. You guys are living the life!!!
     
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    The clips were nice, thanks!
     
  7. hang fire

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    Sue is from Chicago, think she went mucho pro-gun after getting mugged and chewed up by a grizzly bear.
     
  8. Dr T

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    Just to note that what may appear to be self-promotion may be created in part by the editor and producer. The lady is strong willed, independent, and willing to eschew a number of creature comforts to live life as she sees fit. I would suspect that she was asked to talk frankly about her life and her choices and she has done so with candor. You must listen carefully to what she is saying.

    If I had been chewed up by a grizzly, I would tend to be quite cautious. In fact, I think I would be more comfortable in an APC than just having the 44 and 45-70 near at had.
     
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    AND -

    She is sleeping in a food wrap [ according to the bear ].

    So at the very least,how about a STURDY wood structure to sleep in so as to have time to react to a bear THAT big trying to eat you.

    The very least I would do is in better weather,build a 'strong/safe' room to sleep in .

    But if I was going to rely on immediate action drill ,it sure as hell would not be getting out of bed and then beaing able to reach a rifle.

    How about S&W 500 magnum or a 454 Casull by the bed,as that might be the only and last thing you do before becoming dinner.

    She still seems to have a very unpleasant personality,and having met people such as her - its no wonder she is alone there.

    I too pondered the wisdom of taking a kneeling shot at what appears to be a REAL distance,when there were options.
     
  10. Dr T

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    On construction in the Alaskan bush: You certainly build a study wood structure. The problem is that you would have to have Home Depot mail the materials to you board by board. I have been wondering how the containers that comprise most of her structures were carried to the location. It was probably piecemeal and assembled on site. In that part of the world, almost everything moves by air and there is a shortage of casual labor.. I have been a guest at a log cabin in the bush that builder had to airlift in log by log...

    As for the 454 or 500: 44 Magnum ammo is plentiful and cheap by comparison...
     
  11. scaatylobo

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    @ dr t

    Well,they got ALL those containers there,and IF they NEED a guard to protect them = then they NEED to get a few 2 X 6's to make a hardened box to sleep in.

    I was not inferring they actually build a whole cabin for her.

    And since she has that many guns,I would be very surprised if she could not find a box or 2 of preferred high end ammo..

    But yes to the .44 magnum if that is all you can muster.

    I would go with a 'box' to sleep in that was at least a 'bit' more bear proof than the sandwich wrapper she is in now .

    And then a 12 bore [ as short as legal/think PDW or SBR ] to sleep next to,and a handgun as a last resort.

    The idea of taking on a bruin of that size with a pistol [ any pistol ] don't make me sleep well.
     
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    The thing that has puzzled me is the people living alone in isolated conditions, appear not to have back up plan for a what if?

    What if their living quarters burnt down to ground? I have seen no caches with the necessaries for sustaining life at 40 below. I lived in AK for seven years and got to see where some people lived year round in remote cabins. Many of them, but not all, had taken steps to survive if they lost their main dwelling. In case of fire and placed at a safe distance from said main dwelling. A elevated bear & vole ( destructive little rodents) proof cache with tent, sleeping bags, appropriate clothing, firearms and ammunition, food, small wood burning sheep herder type stoves, (for tent) two way radio with batteries and other essentials.
     
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    I think more likely she's jut a cantankerous odd duck that probably does not care what we think cuz she could whip most of us.

    Somebody needs to keep this topped, good stuff here.
     
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    Just watched the first one - pretty cool show.

    Was surprised by the guy taking a caribou with a .223 - I would have thought he would have gone with something bigger. The one he killed did look pretty small though.

    Caribou - I don't want your life, but I do want to experience a month or so of it!
     
  15. Cosmoline

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    There are a lot of folks like that around this state ;-)
     
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    Well, i lived in Alaska 25 years, and that gal is a bigger "whiner" than anyone "I" even met in the bush! I don't know why she's worried about bears so much, her chain smokeing will kill her before any bear will get to her...

    You guys don't really think there's bears wondering around in those snow storms looking for her, do you??? lol

    DM
     
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    the only thing that would stop me from living there is the no running water/outhouse out back ...had enough of that when I was a kid in the MS. delta & if it gets colder than +45* I freeze !!...LOL:)
     
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    Didn't you see that shopping cart with greased up wheels? What you got?
     
  19. hang fire

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    Thanks for your most lucid and illuminating reply.
     
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    No problem. It's always good to be prepared.
     
  21. TheCracker

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    Watching my 1st episode"Hunt, Barter, Steal". I'm watching because of this thread.

    So far it looks great! I'd love to live in Alaska or at least try it out! Would be such a change from the 109 humidity of eastern Texas!

    Ill keep the series on the DVR and keep watching.
     
  22. jim in Anchorage

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    No one who has a choice lives in Kotzebue. 10 months Winter 2 of mosquito infested "summer"
     
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    Lmao, that sounds like a total opposite of here. 2-3 months if cold weather with a few warm fronts getting up in the 80's some days. Heck, I deer hunted in a shirt sleeve shirt a couple days before Christmas and was sweating when I got to my spot. (Only reason I remember the hunt was that I killed a 8 point after not seeing a deer for over 10 hunts)

    We have mosquito infestations from late April through November! Mix in sweltering heat with 90% humidity.
     
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    No who has a choice lives in Kotzebue. 10 months Winter 2 of mosquito infested "summer"
     
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    Sue was on the Discovery show Air Alaska which ran for several seasons. She came across much nicer on that show so I think a lot of it is the editing of this show If I recall, I think that Discovery show also filmed the fuel resupply to her.
     
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