Alaska Experiment Part Four
What I learned tonight? Moose have injured and killed more humans in Alaska then bears! I don’t know about you but that was news to me. There is a lot of press about bears and how they are “encroaching” on populated areas but not a lot of talk about the very real danger that moose can present.
Tonight’s episode involved a lot more hunting which isn’t surprising. The experiment started in Fall, too late for them to even attempt to grow anything and the show gave them limited staples to live off. The intent was to make them work for their supper and work they are. Each team is taken on a hunting trip. So far I’ve seen goat and moose hunting. The first goat hunt was a success (well after two days it was) but no one taught these guys how to preserve meat. To me it seems a waste to teach them how to hunt, to take them on the hunting trip, but not teach them how to preserve the meat. If they can’t preserve it they will just get sick and the animal would have lost it’s life for nothing.
That isn’t to say that I am anti-hunting I just don’t think it is something to do merely for fun or sport. If you are going to hunt you should do it smartly. No killing or mother’s or kids, aiming well so that you don’t injure the animal without killing it, utilize everything (meat, bones, skin) if possible. And the experts at Alaska Experiment are training the participants to do just that. Do in part to hunger but more importantly having to work for their food they are gaining a greater appreciation for the everyday things we take for granted (like the grocery store). These participants must ration what they have and hunt for what they don’t. They must scale mountains after crossing icy streams. Once they make the kill (so far two groups have successfully hunted goats) they have to skin it and gut it, all the while hoping a bear doesn’t come along to claim their kill. Once that’s done they haul the 150 lbs of meat back down the mountain. If you come home with meat to last through the winter then it’s worth it but if after four days of hiking across the icy tundra you have yet to kill a moose then you return home more exhausted then you left and have nothing to show for it.
The show isn’t all blood and guts though. It also shows how the participants can salmon, forage for berries and turn them into “jam” (it looks like syrup but flavor is flavor and beggars can’t be choosers), and build a bunk bed utilizing trees and crab nets. Even elevating yourself 12 inches off the ground can make a difference especially when it is 14 degrees BELOW zero. In stroke of creativity the father in one of the groups plans and successfully constructs a set of bunk beds for his daughters using what’s on hand. I doubt they needed the crab net in the dead of winter anyway.
Oh and if you are worried about the animals then you will be happy to know that the moose are 2 for 2 against the humans.