Chip Hailstone: Biography, Family, House, Net Worth & Facts

Chip Hailstone is a skilled hunter, who lives with his native Inupiaq wife Agnes Hailstone and their children in the city of Noorvik (Nuurvik in Iñupiaq) on the Kobuk River in Alaska. Originally from Montana, Chip came to visit Alaska 29 years ago and never left.

Chip Hailstone Biography

Chip Hailstone (Edward V Hailstone) is 48 years old in 2017. He was born in 1969. Chip grew up hunting and fishing in Kalispell, MT. He moved to Alaska in 1988, when he was only 19 years old. For the past decades, Edward has been hunting, fishing, and gathering raw material in Alaska. He spends most of his time in Noorvik, a city of several hundred people, primarily Inupiat.

Some years after his move to Alaska, Hailstone met Inupiat Agnes. The two fell in love and got married. How long has Chip Hailstone been married to Agnes? We don’t know for sure, but would speculate that the two tied the knot around two decades ago.

Now Chip Hailstone’s family includes five daughters from Agnes: Tinmiaq Hailstone, Iriqtaq Hailstone, Mary Hailstone, Caroline Hailstone and Qutan Hailstone.

Does Chip Hailstone have a son? No, but Agnes has two sons (Jon Hailstone and Doug Carter) from a previous relationship, and Chip calls them his sons. Chip has been with Jon since he was small.

Caribou Chip and his family live a subsistence lifestyle. Agnes and Chip Hailstone migrate to new locations depending on the season. They hunt (caribous, oxes, bears, foxes), fish, make their own hunting equipment, build and craft, stockpile meat and fur, collect eggs (early, so the birds would lay again), break trails to the Kiwalik River and other seasonal locations, etc.

Chip makes box’s, caches, traps, spears, harpoons, firewood, sleds, tents, nets, clothing, ice picks, Ulu knives, boats, kids toys, and does home tanning. Agnes makes customary fur clothing and artworks worth tens of thousands of dollars.

The Hailstones share their knowledge of the old ways with their kids; it’s sensible and ensures that the Native culture continues. Chip’s family shares with relatives and neighbors, which is a tribal principal. They do sell some handicrafts, but much of the economy is barter.

Chip has proven his loyalty to the tribe over the years, by being a very valued member. He is a good husband and father. The family members appreciate each other and work as a team to survive harsh Alaskan winters.

Why does Chip Hailstone rarely hunt?

Many viewers of Life Below Zero wonder why Chip rarely hunts on the show, and it’s always Agnes and their daughter’s who harvest the game for their subsistence lifestyle. Some fans even suggest that Chip should do less talking and more hunting.

First of all, Chip is bound by tribal and federal hunting legislation. There are certain things he can and cannot do as he’s not native. While Agnes Hailstone and her children are Tribal Members, Chip Hailstone is not – he is a spouse of a Tribal Member.

Hailstone is held to state laws that prohibit him directly killing animal or plant resources on tribal land. As a spouse, he may engage in hunting, fishing, trapping, or gathering with a Tribal Member, but he may not use gear like spears, firearms or bows, as well as set traps or snares, uproot plants, etc.

Once in a while Edward uses an old bolt action rifle, Mosin-Nagant. Why does he use old muzzle loaders, instead of regular long guns? In 2011’s Arctic Sounder, Norvik’s local news paper, had an article about Chip turning on an Alaska State Trooper. Story goes that Chip reached out to protect one of his daughters in a situation involving a police officer, and was charged because he interfered with the officer and his subsequent statements were deemed false.

Chip Hailstone was found guilty by a jury of all charges against him. In December 2012, he was sentenced to 15 months in prison in connection to his conviction for felony perjury and false testimony. After that Edward (Chip) Hailstone is unable to carry a loaded caliber firearm, but can use anything built before a certain date (over a century ago).

Before Chip was convicted, he was quite a hunter. Not being able to use a firearm means a significant change in their lifestyle and ability to support themselves.

Chip was appealing his conviction and may have been granted a retrial. Edward “Chip” Hailstone vowed to continue his fight to clear himself, seeking the reversal of the perjury convictions for making false statements to a police officer stemming from a July 2011 incident in Noorvik.

Agnes and Chip Hailstone’s House

Where does Chip Hailstone live? Chip and all of his family live in their little and simple, yet warm and cozy house in Noorvik, AK. The house has electric and Internet access, and Chip is online sometimes.

Chip Hailstone’s Net Worth & Salary

We don’t know how much Chip Hailstone makes per episode, but he is not getting rich off of National Geographic. The tribal council may or may not be permitting him a share as his narrative is essential to explaining their native way of life. What is his net worth? Chip Hailstone’s net worth is roughly estimated at $100,000 – $250,000.

Life Below Zero

The Alaskan Reality Show “Life Below Zero” seen on Nat Geo has become a huge success in the TV ratings. Cast of “Life Below Zero” cast includes: Andy and Kate Rorke Bassich, Erik Salitan, Glenn Villeneuve, Sue Aikens, and Chip and Agnes Hailstone.


  • Frank on

    Love the show hope chip gets back with his family soon!


    • Claire Maronna on

      Why is Chip going to jail again? He is a great husband and father. Our justice system is twisted if justice causes a present father of 5 to leave his family.


      • Goldenthroat on

        Claire; I an a retired deputy Sheriff and also wondered why he was jailed. I went to the website that not only reviewed the original charges and conviction by a jury of his peers, but as an official court site, reproduced the the appeal process and the reasons why his appeal was rejected.
        Chip has always appeared to me to be more than a bit of a hothead and has been harsh to his wife (even while on camera) so it isn’t a complete surprise to me that he could get into trouble that way. Chip’s biggest issue was that he would not allow the initial troubles his daughter caused alone, but repeatedly went after the Trooper who was there, ever expanding his claims of conspiracy and allegations of the trooper misconduct. Unfortunately for Chip, the cops had audio tapes of the later events that Chip tried to blow up in an attempt to save his daughter from a minor charge.
        Chip got way too big for his mukluks and thought he could slander the trooper with impunity, which ended up biting him in the butt. Chip could have backed off and let the law take it’s course but he stuck his nose in, then did criminal acts against the good name and employment of the trooper. Hailstone deserves every day he got in jail, as he knew he was wrong but continued doing it. If that isn’t the definition of a criminal (good dad or not) I don’t know what is.


        • A fan of life on

          Yes he has a big mouth but does he belong in jail four words no I don’t think so some other way has to be a better punishment we put somebody in jail I would rather see and doing something to give back to the community instead of taking money away from the community there has to be a different way so we pay for a vacation for him he’s not going to Kerry Hill lot he lives in the bush you were putting him up in a hotel free food he does not need he gets his own food take food away from somebody that needs it that’s what you’re doing so who are you hurting his family that’s the only one that’s being punished is his kids I’m hoping you’ll think differently before supporting punishing someone that did not need to be taken away for feeding his kids his kids are being punished that’s who I saw is the victim


          • Roberta on

            Please try and write with proper grammar! One long run on sentence does not clearly describe your comments!!!

        • E. J. on

          Chip Hailstone had the tape recording with the trooper examined by experts and they determined the tape had been altered and some 18 seconds were missing by what was described as an obvious intentional act of evidence tampering. His conviction was appealed and he waited several years to have a new day in court, but apparently worked a plea deal as he went to jail for 15 months for 2 misdemeanors instead of felonies. With the drop in charges he has his rights to carry a firearm again. He has been using black powder rifles and shotgun for the past season. Since the show is showing pre-winter he has been inside since around last August to September but without a copy of the arrest and conviction orders that date is my speculation.
          AND, the trooper in question was allegedly trying to force Chips daughter into a sexual scenario. The same trooper supposedly raped a woman that was there helping the local people. That was read online as a complaint by the mother of the victim but apparently again no investigation. That young woman ended up leaving the area when the allegations were ignored by the troopers superiors.


        • Tim Cook on

          I guess its becoming the norm nowadays for law enforcement to act as judge and jury like you


        • Lori on

          Totally agree with Goldenthroat,


          • steve larson on

            i agree to except the punisment doesnt fit the crime and branding him
            as a criminal,maybe a criminal act but as persay a criminal a little judgemental there!he has a family that needs him to survive so thinking 15 months without that support is good,would be very insensitive as a person when its his family and i dont think you would feel good about it if it was your provider!so keep that in mind people on future comments , if there is any humanity left

        • steve larson on

          to judge someone a criminal without knowing their lifes endevors is quite superficial and judge menta,l a criminal is defined as one who engages in criminals acts usually more than once or with a history of criminal acts!this is not the case with chips criminal history is it?Yes he ran his mouth wrongly in defense of his family,,but by making those statements against the police,doent classify him as a CRIMINAL!just a fool who is a bit of a hot head,where he lives you have to be aggresive and stand up in defense of yourself and family,alaska is no pla ce for sissy lala;s,slow down on the donut holes andbecause you are law inforcement,you shouldnt be so quick to fire first and get facts later,as we are seeing with all the hothead shootem up cops nowadays huh?And he got a harsh sentence that most wouldnt have recieved if they were not ona reality show,thats keepin it real!


          • steve larson on

            oh yeah i had to many donuts too with my coffe when i posted this,haha sound familiar?

      • Rich on

        Hey dummy. When you commit a crime, you must do the time no matter if you have family or not. Get real!


    • V W on

      We need to police our police. Look what’s going on all over the country. If it is your word against a cop you are just screwed.


  • Ray mauk on

    What a wonderful family. Soo blessed..


  • Matt on

    Chip, hang in there. You must be greatly stressed over the absence from your family. Agnes and your daughters, that you so lovingly and competently helped teach and raise, are doing great according to the new episode of Life Below Zero. I have such respect for you and your family. Your daughters and sons are a testament to what a good father you have been. I so look forward to your return to your family and your awe inspiring beautiful, bountiful, way of life.


  • Abe Froman on

    Chip is going to jail because it was proven beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury of his peers that he fabricated false allegations against a trooper regarding a confrontation on the day that one of his daughters was being arrested. The jury found that the allegations against Chip appeared to be true. If you google his name you can read the summary of the case and request for suppresion of evidence and request for appeal.


    • Will on

      Abe it seems to me from what I’ve read that this is a weak case of he said he said against Chip. To be sure Chip should have just left well enough alone and not messed with the law, the law will win. Differing perspectives are at work here. If Chip slightly embellished his side of the story is that worth over a year in jail and loss of his ability to sustain himself and his family?


      • Cindy tompkins on

        I love the whole family. The sentence was way too harsh. Chip provides for his family and he was just protecting his daughter. Probation should have been enough. May God bless them all. Texan fan.


      • Kevin on

        Chip went before a judge and twice made false accusations with the intent to have assault charges filed against a state Trooper. Those statements were investigated and found to be false. He was charged with Purgery and convicted by 12 of his peers. There was no altering of the interview tape by Trooper Young. There is possibly an 11 second period where the tape recorder was turned off. Agnes Hailstone even testified that at the time this happened an airplane was flying over the building where the interview took place. The sexual allegations against the Trooper came from Chip Hailstone. Hailstone said that the Trooper stared at his daughter sexually and had an erection under his uniform. Again, more lies from Chip Hailstone.


  • melvin pascual on

    I thought all of this was behind Chip already. Is he presently in jail?


  • Rebecca H Myers on

    Will Mr. Hailstone be able to use a modern gun after he serves his time?


  • Tim Cook on

    Would anyone else agree with me that if any other resident of Noorvik,Ak were in Chip Hailstones position, there would of been no charges filed. Obviously the officers were slanted because of possibly jeolousy?Maybe ego?Fill the jails with good people for no reason so rapists can go free. Who knows. Absolute non-sense.I pray God would intercede on Chips behalf. I am grateful for all the people of Life Below Zero for allowing us to see there lifestyle firsthand. I am severely disabled and the show helps fullfill desires I will never be able to pursue. 15 MONTHS ? SUPPOSEDLY the charge is a misdemeanor per the tv show.Again Thanks Chip and Agnes, Glen, Sue,Erik,Jessie, and now all alone Andy……..We appreciate you..


    • John H. on

      The only “evidence” againstst Chip Hailstone in this case is one trooper corroborating the denial of the trooper Chip accused. Read the appeal ruling that Chip lost. Ask yourself, why would he tell fundamentally the same story four different times? Don’t you think that he was threatened with charges after he repeated it twice? Why then tell it four times? Something doesn’t seem right, and the charges and sentence are certaintly meant to send a message to the community: don’t ever accuse a trooper no matter what they do. We cannot know if Chip did it or not. But reading everything, it the conviction doesn’t meet the smell test.


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