On tonight’s episode of “Life Below Zero,” an Alaskan winter storm is ready to bear down on those who live near the Arctic Circle on this episode titled “Out of Control.” They must prepare for the long winter by arming themselves against predators. Most live miles from civilization and without the necessary means to eat and keep warm, they will not survive to see the spring.
Sue Aikens lives 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Kavik, Alaska, and as an admitted control freak, she must depend on others to get her to Fairbanks to have her injured foot taken care of. She is depending on the pilot to take her there, the doctor to do his job and depending on taxi cab drivers to take her around. She lives alone in her compound and while predators are all nearby, she has no choice but to leave. Before she goes, she must secure her electric lines to keep things running while she is gone.
In Eagle, Alaska, 122 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Andy and Kate know with winter coming; they must find a moose to have red meat in the freezer when resources become scarce. There is just a ten-day window to find moose. Andy goes it alone, except for one of his dogs. These Alaskans need fat in their diet because they burn too many calories doing the necessary work around their home to make it through the winter. As Andy looks through his binoculars, he tells fans the bull moose is usually very dark, whereas the cows are silvery and the young are reddish. He is searching for a fat bull.
In Noorvik, Alaska, nineteen miles north of the Arctic Circle, Chip Hailstone is using antlers to make lingcod traps and is showing his daughter Iriqtaq how to make them. She will then teach her younger sisters how to do the same. They use whatever is available to sustain life in the Arctic. It is fifteen degrees below zero when they go out to set the traps. The entire family makes holes in the ice and use fish tails for bait, but thin ice is difficult to fish on, and they must be extremely careful. Agnes related the story of how her mother and brother were killed when they fell through the ice while fishing. When they have been out several hours without catching a fish, they leave their traps in the ice and go home.
Sue will be leaving for her procedure in the morning, but before she goes, she must burn all her trash to keep predators away in her absence. Leaving Kavik is terrifying for Sue. She fears people and is not one to be social.
In Chandalar, Alaska, 65 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Glenn Villeneuve is 200 miles from civilization, so any repairs must be done by him. It is nineteen degrees on this day, and he must fortify his cabin. It is no longer level and when he puts ammunition on the table, it rolls off. He plans to make a lever and fulcrum. His first try worked until the lever snapped. He finished his leveling the house just in time, as a storm headed his way. The job he did was the work of two people, but being alone; he showed the dexterity to complete the job.
Andy left the hunting grounds by the river due to river traffic. Now he is back again. First time out, he spotted a cow and two calves, so he knows more are out there. He uses a moose antler to rub on the trees to imitate the sound they make when looking for a mate, he also had a moose call. They are only interested in breeding, and the moose call roused a bull that is quite a distance away. Patience is the name of the game in moose hunting, but it gets too dark to continue.
Sue’s ride arrives, an old pilot friend Dirk Nickisch is taking her to Anchorage. He gets a big hug and refuels. Without the ability to run and walk, she cannot stay in Kavik. They flew out in a window of weather that should get them to Anchorage.
The Hailstones have set their traps for the fish before they migrate. When they arrive at the fishing holes, they are overgrown with ice. They caught two big fishes, but it was too windy, so they reset their traps and went home to have a fresh fish dinner.
At 6 a.m., Andy went back where he heard the moose. He hopes to get lucky this time, as he knows there is lots of activity early in the morning. As he gets off the boat, he is discouraged as he notices moose tracks a few days old. Finally, Andy is on his way back home, as he has spent enough time waiting with no results. There is too much traffic in the area and the moose are in hiding.
Sue arrives in Fairbanks and leaves her dog at the airport with her friends. Sue describes what she is going to experience at the doctor’s office; she will have a series of needles injected into her feet. She arrives at the doctor’s office as he numbs her feet prior to the injections, but the injections hurt enough to bring her eyes to tears. He wrapped up her feet to protect the injection sites, and she laid down on the motel bed before her trip back to Kavik.
As Agnes prepares the fish, she removes the hook that the fish ate and Chip and Iriqtaq made from the antlers. Once the meal was ready, they all sat down to a delicious fish dinner and the girls got another lesson about living “Life Below Zero.”