The last few weeks, fans have been sending their prayers and well-wishes to Bob Harte from Discovery Channel’s “The Last Alaskans.” Last night, they met 20-year-old Charlie Jagow, another resident of the Alaska Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Charlie was apparently born in the refuge, and has an extensive background in living the bush lifestyle. His father arrived in the refuge and built a cabin in 1978, making him one of those few grandfathered in when the government stopped giving out permits. But, this is Charlie’s first attempt at making it in the refuge alone, and he appears to have the love for it in his makeup. Heimo Korth gave a good account of Charlie, indicating he was one of the few young people left who has the ability–and the desire–to keep going where the older generation is beginning to leave off.
Last night, Charlie was working on cutting a trail for a trapline of his own. Previously, he had worked off of his father’s trails. But, going forward, Charlie appears to be ready to establish his own mark in the refuge. And, as an interesting segue from old-to-new, as Charlie discussed his history in the bush and the refuge, he mentioned that Bob Harte was the one who taught his dad how to make the basic sets he now uses.
Life keeps going on in the refuge!
Charlie has his own plane–not bad for a 20-year-old–and used it last night for scouting good areas for a trapline trail. With the plane, he could check out the area before cutting the trail, theoretically getting it right the first time–a definite advantage of using a plane, no doubt. We look forward to seeing how he fares in the future, settling in, building a cabin and making a life of his own in the refuge.
Heimo was out hunting last night, trying to find a moose. It is a long winter in the refuge with no meat! He finally found one and starting sneaking up on it–not an easy thing to do with a camera crew in tow! He took a shot, however, and was on the mark at 300 yards; moose meat for the Korth soup pot–not to mention ribs, hamburger, whatever one needs to put on the table for next year! “You couldn’t get more organic than this,” Heimo commented as he started field dressing the moose, setting the heart and kidneys aside for a feast when he arrived home with the good news for Edna.
The Seldens were busy with their dogs, trying to find a new lead, and checking their trapline. But, with a female on the line in heat, and a couple of puppies in training along with them, things were a bit more chaotic than usual. But, good news for the Seldens: Both of the puppies, Goose and Smokey, showed promise as up-and-coming sled dogs.
And, the Lewises? Who knows; not a peep from them last night, unfortunately. We certainly hope to find out more next Tuesday, as next week is the Season Finale of “The Last Alaskans.” Stay tuned.
“The Last Alaskans” airs on Discovery Channel on Tuesday nights at 10/9c.
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