Chip Hailstone ‘Life Below Zero’ Star Spent 10 Months in Jail

Edward Hailstone, a hunter and television personality, was born in Kalispell, Montana, in 1969.


He came into the limelight through his reality television show ‘Life Below Zero.’ The film shows how the Edwards family, among other people in Alaska, attempts to survive in subzero temperatures.

Chip Hailstone in Jail

All of Chip Hailstone’s problems began after an event on July 13, 2011, in which his stepson Jonathan Carter was involved in a fight with another family in Noorvik. Following the event, Chip said a resident pointed a firearm at his then-17-year-old daughter.

Chip stated that Alaska state Trooper Christopher Bitz violently abused his then-17-year-old daughter Tinmiaq during one of the subsequent questioning sessions with troopers. He requested a restraining order for his daughter and later appealed his perjury convictions.

After being convicted on two charges of perjury and two charges of making false statements, Chip Hailstone was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Because he was on probation for using contemporary weaponry due to legal issues, his wife had to shoot during the hunting sessions.

Chip served ten months in prison out of a total of fifteen months before being released in the spring of 2017. In December 2017, he was found not guilty of all charges.

Chip jumped directly into the filming of ‘Life Below Zero’ after he was released, and he is still a part of the show. Chip is no longer forbidden from possessing or firing sophisticated guns.

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Chip Hailstone’s family

Chip Hailstone is the husband of Agnes Hailstone. Although there is no record of when the two met,  Chip first met his wife in Noorvik. In the year 1992, the pair married. A marriage that has lasted for over twenty-five years is said to be full of joy. 

The pair has been blessed with daughters together:  Iriqtaq, Tinmiaq, Caroline, Iriqtaq, Mary, and Qutan Hailstone. Despite living in poverty, his children are sent to school.

Hailstone’s TV career

Together with his family, their lifestyle is documented in the Nat Geo reality TV show “Life Below Zero..” Chip has been a part of the cast since the show’s start in 2013. Chip has been a mainstay on the show, appearing in 129 episodes between now and 2020. As of 2020, Life Below Zero has 13 seasons and is set to return with a new season.

From the start, Life Below Zero was a huge hit, which earned it a nomination for a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program in 2015. In the year 2016, the show won an award. In 2017, it also earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program.

Hailstone’s Net Worth

Since the Life Below Zero show is the family’s source of income, you will have to estimate their net worth as a family. It is estimated that they have over $250,000. Also, the selling of animal parts has contributed to Chip’s wealth.

Bear, fox, caribou, wolf, wolverine, bison fish, walrus, seal, duck,  and whale are among the animals and fish they hunt.