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'Ice Lake Rebels': Is tax-free living worth the daily personal sacrifice?

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The freeze and thaw periods are the two most deadly times of the year on Great Slave Lake among Canada's Northwest Territories. “Ice Lake Rebels” on Animal Planet follows a handful of survivalists as they hunt for food, drill for water, trade for necessities and protect their turf. It's a lawless frozen lake of ultra-libertarians forced together during brutal winters.

Choosing another kind of lifestyle, these “Ice Lake Rebels” have bid farewell to living life the conventional way on land and traded it in for floating homes and houseboats. Since they don't live on land, they don't pay taxes, and, therefore, no one polices them. However, this isn’t always as heavenly as it sounds! The very things that we take for granted--from opening the front door, to walking your pet, to shopping for groceries and supplies--are incredibly difficult to navigate. As one rebel says, "It's not man you have to worry about; it's woman.” What woman? Mother Nature.

Tonight on “Ice Lake Rebels,” things may have gotten deadly. According to Animal Planet, on episode, “40 Below and Missing”:

Alone on the remote lake, Stephan and Bryan go missing on an overnight fishing expedition in -40 temperatures. Will the lake claim another victim?

It is hard for most of us to imagine living in an area where we have to provide everything for ourselves, literally hunting down our food, carrying our own water, learning make the things we need instead of heading out to the general store every other--or, for some of us, every single--day. But, the “Ice Lake Rebels” do it as the price they pay for not paying taxes. What do you think? Worth it? Or too big of a personal price to pay for a little more cash in your pocket each year?

“Ice Lake Rebels” airs on Animal Planet on Sunday nights at 10/9c.

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