Til the Cows Come Home
Late fall. Half the herd returns early from the summer grazing grounds and the Kilchers drive the rest home across icy rivers. The family rushes to finish other winter prep work but still makes time for a beach-scavenged gourmet picnic.
With the ground hardening, Otto gets creative in beating the frozen soil when he realizes he must move the outhouse. Eivin takes Eve on her first deer hunt, while Atz and his sons gather trees for a big new project.
Eve's Hunting Dilemma
Otto pulls porcupine quills out of a colt's face. With Eivin's legal quota met, it's up to Eve to bring home more deer meat from their hunting trip, but she's conflicted about the kill. Atz and Atz Lee snare rabbits; Jane gets a lesson in rabbit skinning.
The Kilchers race through the last few days of fall before winter finally hits, prepping the cabins, winterizing the bee hive and creating a new field.
After eight months of winter, the Kilchers have cabin fever. Restlessness and a need for fresh meat send Eivin and Atz Lee out to hunt, but they get caught overnight. In the meantime, Otto helps an orphaned calf and Eve deals with a sticky manure buildup.
The family has several projects to complete before the spring thaw floods the area. Atz Sr. and his three sons build a bridge, while Otto and Eivin create amphibious crafts and Atz Lee and Jane build a smokehouse.
Spring Has Sprung
Spring arrives on the homestead. Atz and family head out on a bear hunt. Meanwhile, Otto gives CPR to premature calves, Eve plants the garden and Eivin takes on a miniature menace.
Atz Lee and Jane climb reefs to hunt for octopus. Jane must face her fear of heights or be trapped by the tide. Otto struggles to keep a newborn calf alive during the annual spring cattle drive. Eve gives Eivin news that will change the homestead forever.
Parlors and Poop Chutes
Eivin and a pregnant Eve decide to finally add running water to their home, but Eivin hits more than water during the installation. Otto builds Charlotte a milking parlor and gets a face full of fuel in the process, while Atz and Atz Lee hunt bear.
Outhouses, Cow Bras and Bears, Oh My!
It's midsummer and the Kilchers make the most of 22 hours of sunlight. Atz tracks down predators killing the herd, Otto gets creative to help a cow with an udder problem, Eivin builds an outhouse and Atz Lee and Jane are startled while fishing.
Hunt in the Clouds
Atz Sr., Atz Lee and Jane travel to the highest peaks to hunt for goat, while a wasp infestation destroys Eivin and Eve's summer honey harvest. Then, Otto and Charlotte get creative to protect what's left of their hay crop so it will last the winter.
The Kilchers come together to enjoy the fruits of their year-long labor on Thanksgiving and share each dish's story. From turkey and pumpkin pie to Yule's famous nettlebread and Homesteader pie, nothing comes easy when making this feast.
A Prickly Situation
A persistent porcupine nails several of the Kilchers' too-curious animals with quills. Taking them out is a painful and sometimes dangerous procedure. Atz and his family carefully jack up and move an old abandoned cabin. Eve finds her garden decimated.
Of Moose and Men
Atz and Atz Lee swim their horses across a chilly lake to get to bull moose hunting grounds, and bad weather and feeling under the weather won't deter them from the prize. Eivin helps Eve with a special delivery, while Otto and Charlotte bury a friend.
Homestead for the Holidays
Homestead holidays bring gifts of kindness. Otto decides to give his "Wacky Yak" to a friend, but the gift rejects the idea of being given. Atz Lee gathers lumps of coal as his gift -- for the nice. Atz deals with cows on ice to get a friend's herd home.
Predators and Prey
Grizzly bears, wolves and coyotes remind the Kilchers that the humans aren't always the apex predator on the homestead, but threats to the Kilchers' food supplies and livelihood also come in many other shapes, sizes and from unexpected places.
With winter on the doorstep, the Kilchers race to finish their summer projects. Otto's enormous new project strains his marital bliss. Meanwhile, Atz's horse strands him on the range, Eivin works some chicken magic and Atz Lee teaches Jane to fell a tree.
Call of the Wild
Otto and Eivin use a duck hunt for some last-minute, father-son time before Eivin becomes a dad himself. Atz and Atz Lee's father-son bonding time is less fun as they repair the new bridge. Jane has her own adventure fishing for halibut.
Circle of Life
Atz Lee and Eivin take a bushplane and brave bears on a remote island to hunt deer. While Eivin's away, a very pregnant Eve struggles with the chores. Charlotte scrambles to save a cow that went down during birthing. Atz cleans his chimney Kilcher style.
Baby Kilcher Arrives
The Kilchers take care of last-minute projects before the winter freeze -- and the baby -- arrive. Jane faces wicked weather and quicksand while on her very first cattle drive with Otto. Later, Eivin and Eve introduce the newest Kilcher to the world.
The Kilchers' lifestyle is dictated by the seasons, so they adapt to extremes, including rescuing calves born in late winter snow and fighting swarms of mosquitoes in almost 24-hour solstice sun. In spring, Otto tries to live down his fisherman's curse.
A Mild Winter
The Kilchers face a fallout from the warmest Alaskan winter in decades. The men tackle an emergency mission to supply and secure their hunting cabins, while Charlotte and Jane desperately search for a missing newborn calf.
Moving Toward The Future
Atz Sr., Bonnie, Atz Lee and Shane struggle to move a two-ton bridge, which will ensure crossing of glacial rivers and give crucial access to the head of the bay. Then, Otto and Charlotte fight a serious threat to their cattle.
The Kilchers band together to protect their livelihood on the homestead and beyond. Atz Lee and Jane encounter disaster in a hunt for Jane's first black bear. Atz Sr., Bonnie and Shane defend the head of the bay against grizzlies.
On The Move
It's early spring and life is returning to the homestead, but with temperatures soaring, things are far from normal. Tensions reach a breaking point on the annual cattle drive as Otto struggles to maintain control of his crew.
Loaded For Bear
Atz Lee and Jane venture out in a risky hunt for black bear, but instead come face-to-face with a massive grizzly. Otto and Eivin race the tide to transport and introduce two new bulls into the family herd at the head of the bay.
The Kilchers race to finish a year's worth of work in just four months. Atz Lee and Jane chase the first salmon run of the season, while Otto and Eivin bolster the homestead's defenses to contain their unruly cattle herd.
Waste Not, Want Not
The Kilchers harvest a sterile cow to stock up on meat for winter, re-purposing its byproducts to make homesteader soap, and tanning its hide for building corrals. At the head of the bay, Atz Sr.'s range riding skills are tested.
Thanksgiving On the Homestead
The Kilcher family celebrates Thanksgiving with the friends who helped prepare the homestead for winter because homesteaders who work together, give thanks together.
Secrets of the Range Rider
Atz Sr. divulges the secrets of the range rider to Atz Lee and Eivin in preparation for the future. To heat the family's cabin, Otto, Charlotte and August must transform more than 1,000 pounds of metal pipe into a working chimney.
Journey to Perl Island
Otto, Jane and Shane help a fellow homesteader transport a cabin to the distant and uninhabited Perl Island, but things take a sinister turn when they discover a predator on the loose.
The Kilchers put their own spin on a secret Santa gift exchange by hand-making something useful for someone in the family. With gifts ranging from a crossbow to explosives, their Christmas is filled with surprises.
Claims, Cans and Cabins
Otto, Eivin and August scramble to stake a claim on 10 tons of priceless steel. At the head of the bay, Atz Sr. and Bonnie team up with Atz Lee and Jane to stockpile salmon, while Shane and Kelli break ground on their cabin.
A Hunt Above the Clouds
Changing weather forces the Kilchers to venture miles from home in search of food for winter. Eivin and Eve stalk game above the clouds, Atz Sr. and Bonnie battle the open sea, and Otto, Charlotte and August face bears for food.
Call of the Cattleman
The Kilchers, fellow homesteaders and cattlemen pay tribute to a fallen friend by driving over a hundred cattle back home. Atz Lee winterizes the hunter's cabin, while Jane and Eve's halibut fishing trip ends with a bang.
Otto and Charlotte face disaster with their herd on the 30-mile journey back to the homestead, while Atz Lee and Jane tackle a long-overdue task to secure their cabin for the winter.
Will Winter Come?
The Kilchers make final preparations for winter. Eivin, Atz Lee, Jane and Shane embark on an epic group hunt. Otto and Charlotte give Eve and Eivin a life-changing gift, and Atz Lee and Jane deliberate leaving the homestead.
The Kilchers confront the realities of the changing Alaskan climate. Atz Lee enlists Atz Sr., Otto, Eivin, Bonnie and Jane to help with his ambitions to build an all-new, remote homestead.
Blood, Sweat and Beers
After a winter of record-setting warm temperatures, the Kilchers team up to tame the land. Otto and Eivin tackle turning raw wilderness into a source of food for generations. At the head of the bay, Atz Sr. battles the elements.
Fear and Floating
Spring arrives on the homestead. Atz and Atz Lee attempt to tame wild stallions at the head of the bay. On the spring cattle drive, Otto, Eivin, Charlotte and Jane must innovate to protect their calves and overcome threats to their herd.
Calling All Bears
There's no shortage of needs on the homestead in the spring. Atz Sr. bow hunts to restock dwindling food supplies, while Atz Lee develops a new foothold in the wilderness. Otto, Charlotte and August scramble to protect livestock at the head of the bay.
Mobility, Mo' Problems
As the Kilcher family braces for summer on the homestead, Atz Lee treks to Perl Island for a crash course in wilderness survival. Meanwhile, Jane fights with creatures from the deep, and Otto and Eivin attempt to build a sauna.
One Small Flush For Man
As spring draws to a close, Otto and August dig into a monumental plumbing project, and Eivin attempts to help. Elsewhere, Atz Sr. searches for two predators, and Atz Lee and Jane help Shane with his cabin.
The challenges of living on the remote and rugged Kilcher homestead are sometimes unforgiving. They learn that life in the raw, untamed wilderness means keeping your family close, and your firearms closer.
Olden Days, Olden Ways
The Kilchers pay tribute to the family's patriarch and matriarch, Yule and Ruth, by preparing a feast using strictly old-fashioned methods, including wood-fired goose and raw-milk butter.
No Rain, Big Pain
A hot summer threatens the cattle. Atz Lee joins forces with a remote homesteading master to learn how to tame the frontier, while Jane comes face-to-face with a bear. Shane and Kelli work on their cabin, and toddler Findlay gets a safe place to play.
After a feverish summer of work, the Kilchers prepare for winter. Eivin scales treacherous peaks to fill his freezer, but it's Atz Lee who takes a fateful step, leading to catastrophe.
Hard Road Home
Family and friends endure unexpected adversity. Otto and Charlotte's rescue mission to Halibut Cove brings jeopardy on the seas. On the homestead, Atz Sr., Eivin and friends come together in an effort to help Atz Lee as he begins the painful journey home.
A Very Kilcher Christmas
The Kilchers create homemade Christmas gifts for their significant others. Otto surprises Charlotte with an explosive gift, Jane builds a musical present for Atz Lee and Eivin constructs a dual-use vehicle for Eve and Findlay.
Cycle of Life
The Kilchers say goodbye to a friend as Eivin and Eve welcome new life. Meanwhile, Otto and Charlotte attempt to resuscitate a stillborn calf, while Eve learns that taking a life during a hunt isn't easy.
As fall comes to a close, Atz Lee confronts the reality of recovering from his accident, while Eivin and Jane venture miles at sea in search of massive halibut. Elsewhere, the rush to complete the fall harvest puts Eve and Otto in harm's way.
The Kilcher homestead is brewing with new beginnings. Sparks fly between Otto and Charlotte while building a staircase, and Eivin and Eve welcome the newest member of the family. Meanwhile, Atz Lee crosses a critical bridge on his road to recovery.
Do or Die
The Kilchers find themselves unprepared for winter. Led by Otto and Charlotte, the family's cattle trek a cold and deadly path. Elsewhere, Shane risks losing a year's progress on his unfinished cabin, while the family embarks on two massive hunts.
The Last Straw
Otto receives a terrifying house call from a county doctor, while the family joins forces to protect Shane's cabin from winter's fury. At the hunter's cabin, Atz Lee's return is rudely interrupted, and he turns to a veteran homesteader for help.
The Great Kilcher Quake
A massive earthquake hits southern Alaska and the Kilcher family scrambles to recover, fighting to re-open vital access roads. Meanwhile, Atz Lee sets his sights on building a new, remote homestead, creating waves with wife Jane.
Natural disasters continue their onslaught on the Kilcher homestead. The family scrambles to save a hay barn that was shaken by the earthquake and is now roofless, while Eivin clears another landslide.
Still reeling from the earthquake, the Kilchers rush to make headway on time-sensitive projects. Otto, Charlotte and Eivin travel to rescue a family relic. Meanwhile, the first fishing trip of the year leaves Eve and Jane lost at sea.
With Otto's surgery looming, the rush to complete projects becomes urgent. The herd's food supply is threatened. Atz Lee and Jane reunite after a month apart when he brings her to his new homestead for the very first time. She's less than impressed.
Under the Knife
After years of procrastination, Otto goes under the knife. While Charlotte waits, Jane is left to take care of the farm and delivers her first calf alone. Eivin and Atz Lee scout the head of the bay, but their findings won't ease Otto's concerns.
One Man Short
With Otto recovering from surgery, Levi comes to Alaska to lead the annual spring cattle drive with Eivin, but Otto's unwillingness to step aside puts him in danger. Atz and Atz Lee are forced to test their survival skills in the Alaskan backcountry.
The Kilchers gather for Thanksgiving dinner at the old family barn. Recognizing that the homestead is a community, the family shows thanks to the friends and family that have helped out in the past year by doing something nice for each of them.
The Prodigal Daughter Returns
Atz Sr. prepares for a very special visit from his daughter, singer-songwriter Jewel. Also, Otto puts his recovery at risk to save a paralyzed cow, while Jane and Atz Lee put aside their differences to prepare for winter.
The Monster Catch
Jane trolls for the biggest fish of her life, while the Kilcher men salvage lumber for Shane's cabin. Meanwhile, singer Jewel and her son return to the homestead.
In a dangerous homestead first, Otto enlists the help of a helicopter to move a massive greenhouse. Eve takes on the role of provider and learns a new skill to feed her family, while Atz Lee risks his recovery to continue his cabin build alone.
Homesteading for the Holidays
The Kilchers celebrate their most unforgettable Christmas ever with a homemade gift exchange, while Otto takes an explosive approach to lighting up the holidays, and Atz Sr. lets Mother Nature decide what gift he'll be giving.
Bracing for Change
Fall brings big changes to the Kilcher homestead as tensions flare between Otto and August in their last mission before August leaves for college. Atz Lee, Atz Sr. and Jane work on Atz Lee's new cabin, but Jane still has doubts. Eivin builds a surprise.
Winter Is Coming
The Kilchers feel the pressure to get jobs done before frigid temperatures sweep into southern Alaska. Otto and Eivin salvage the shores of Kachemak Bay, while Atz Lee pushes to put a roof on his cabin before snowfall.
Otto pays for his hernia surgery and ends up with gold fever. Jane and Eivin search a remote island for enough deer to last the winter, and Atz Lee faces down old fears and reaches new heights as he races the freeze in order to complete his cabin.
The Kilchers look to the future as winter looms. Atz Sr. passes on vital survival knowledge, while Atz Lee embarks on a risky solo hunt on a remote, dangerous island. Eivin builds the ideal boat for his young family's adventures on the water.
Otto and Charlotte fight to round up their cattle as winter arrives in the form of a massive snowstorm. Meanwhile, Atz Lee and Jane come to a decision about his remote cabin, and Eivin and Eve take the new boat on its maiden fishing journey.
The Day the Homestead Almost Died
The Kilcher family legacy is in jeopardy, so they kick off a complete homestead overhaul. However, before any work can begin, they must dig out from the worst snowstorm in years, then use every piece of heavy machinery in their arsenal.
The Day the Ice Road Shattered
The Kilcher family bands together on a mission to rescue a tractor, but with the ice road melting, the pressure is on Otto to get it going. Meanwhile, Eve is left with responsibility of caring for the animals on the homestead.
The Day the Homestead Caught Fire
Otto is forced to the edge after a chimney fire threatens to destroy his cabin. Meanwhile, Eivin and Eve burn up dangerous brush piles threatening the homestead, and Atz Lee and Jane embark on a dangerous ice fishing mission.
The Day the Cattle Swam
Otto enlists the aid of Eivin to prepare his barge for an ambitious mission: moving wild buffalo. Elsewhere, Jane and Charlotte are put to the test as they lead the Kilchers' first-ever, all-female cattle drive.
The Day the Buffalo Broke Free
The Kilchers join forces to conquer big projects. Tensions flare when Otto and Jane journey to Kodiak Island to rescue a herd of wild buffalo. Eivin and Eve tackle an urgent roof repair. And Atz Sr. and Atz Lee help Shane on his long overdue cabin build.
Buffalo 2, Cowboys 0
Otto and Jane continue their mission to relocate a herd of wild buffalo on remote Kodiak Island. Elsewhere, Atz Sr. ventures into the Alaskan wilderness to hunt bear, and Atz Lee and his brother test their firearms skills at a custom gun range.
The Day the Glacier Fell
A father son shrimping trip turns deadly when Otto and his sons must outrun a colossal caving glacier. Meanwhile, Atz Lee and Charlotte rush to save the life of a stuck cow, and Eve and Jane fish for salmon for their family.
The Day Thanksgiving Went Mobile
The Kilcher family shows off the new upgrades to their homestead while giving thanks to their home and family during Thanksgiving dinner.
The Day the Crane Collapsed
Otto and August make a risky attempt to acquire a massive crane, but it's in poor condition. Elsewhere, Charlotte, Eivin and Eve race against the tide to rescue a weak cow, and Atz Lee and Jane go kayak fishing, but reel in more than they bargained for.
The Day Jewel Returned
Jewel returns to the homestead for son Kase's first cattle drive. Shane faces an uncertain future with his home. And Otto and Eivin fight to save the Kilchers' prized Octagon cabin from destruction.
The Day of Triumph & Tragedy
The Kilchers take on some of the biggest jobs in the homestead's history. One team tries to pick up the historic Octagon building and move it to safety, while another team strives to finish Shane's multi-year cabin build before winter comes.
The Day Santa Came to the Homestead
The Kilchers play secret Santa at Christmas with Atz Lee making art with fire, Atz Sr. jamming out with a shovel and Jane wrapping coal for someone special.
Hunting on Land and Sea
For the first time ever, the Kilchers film themselves. Atz Lee and Atz Sr. search for black bears while Eivin builds a survival motorcycle. Later, Atz Sr. helps a fellow veteran, and Eivin and Eve take their kids crabbing.
Hunting Season Begins
Eve butchers chickens with her children to teach them about the circle of life, while Eivin builds a shelter for his trusty horse to protect it from the freeze. Elsewhere, Atz Lee and Jane warm up their remote cabin, and Atz Sr. goes on a solo hunt.
5000 Mile Hunt
Jane and Atz Sr. hunt elk, while on another hunt, Eve finds herself alone with a buck. Elsewhere, Otto races a snowstorm to round up his cattle, then he and Charlotte travel to Switzerland to see where the Kilcher family started.
Homesteading: The Next Generation
For generations, Yule Kilcher's legacy has survived on the perseverance and commitment of his family and a community of fellow homesteaders. Now, in order for that dream to continue, a new generation of young homesteaders must rise up.
Spring to Action
As caribou hunting season approaches, the Kilchers won't have any time to sit around and enjoy the sun if they want to survive the coming winter.
A Predator Strikes
Otto and Charlotte defend against the homestead's first predator attacks while Atz Lee and Jane travel to Lake Louise to catch massive lake trout.
Roll Yuletide Roll
Atz Sr. searches for a remote spot to anchor his floating homestead on the Yuletide with the help of Mike and Scott.
The Beach is Burning
Otto and Eivin fight to douse a raging coal seam fire on Kilcher beach as Atz Sr. attempts the most unconventional bear hunt of his life. Later, Jane and Charlotte take a girl's day adventure clamming.
With predators closing in on the head of the bay, Otto diverts his spring cattle drive to a different location and builds custom transport for the homesteads newborn calves.
A Bridge and a Bear
Atz Lee encounters a predator while building a bridge in the backcountry while Eivin, Eve and Bonnie journey to Atz Sr.'s floating homestead.
A Yuletide Thanksgiving
The Kilchers head to Atz Sr.'s floating homestead -- the Yuletide -- to share a special Thanksgiving celebration steeped in family tradition.
To Live or Die on Perl Island
Atz Lee journeys to Perl Island to build a homestead for a friend. Later, tempers flare as Otto, Eivin and Levi work to move an old workshop cabin to Otto's property.
Jewel Kilcher throws her son a coming-of-age celebration on the Yuletide. Later, Atz Lee battles worsening weather to help Grady build a homestead and Otto constructs a drawbridge between his cabin and his new man cave.
Calling All Kilchers
The Kilchers mobilize a major sea and land effort to help finish Grady's Perl Island cabin build under threat of the approaching remnants of a typhoon.
Coming of Age
Eivin takes son Findlay on his first-ever coming-of-age hunt. Meanwhile, Atz Lee and Jane venture far out into the wilderness to fish for elusive pike and Atz Sr. upgrades the Yuletide for the impending cold.
Holly Jolly Homesteading
This Christmas, it's the first-ever Couples Secret Santa! This year, the Kilchers film themselves making inventive homemade gifts while building some inspired gifts to put under the tree.
Hill Country Hunt
Atz Lee and Atz Sr. take Jane on an epic hunt on horseback in the foothills. Eivin builds a one-of-a-kind motorized cart for Findlay then Otto, Charlotte, and August race to repair a fence breach after their cattle escape.
Wind and a Prayer
Otto and Levi combine their skills to create a wind turbine that will bring much-needed natural power to their remote cabin at the head of the bay.
Thrill of the Hunt
The fall cattle round up takes an electrifying turn when a horse gets tangled in electric wire and Atz Sr. takes Bonnie on an epic hunting date.
Otto and August must radio Eivin for rescue after facing an emergency due to a mechanical issue at sea.
High and Dry
With the Constructor dead in the water, it's up to Otto and his crew of family and friends to save the invaluable boat for future use. Later, Eivin takes Levi on a last-chance hunt to stockpile deer meat for winter.
New Frontiers, New Threats
With winter coming to an early close, the Kilchers spring into action preparing the homestead. Eivin and August struggle to resupply the head of the bay. Jane and Eve embark on a ptarmigan hunt. Atz Sr. and Atz Lee build a weather station on Perl Island.
Rusted and Busted
Otto surveys the condition of his rusting barge after a winter in drydock, while Eivin and Eve use explosives to clear land for a new root cellar. And later, Jane builds an innovative dogsled for Atz Lee.
In preparation for the spring cattle drive, Atz Lee, Otto and August survey the homestead for signs of bear and employ modern surveillance to track their movement. Eivin and Eve take the kids on a kelp-harvesting expedition and Atz Sr. goes bear hunting.
Boat Rescue Mission
While collecting coal on the beach after a storm, Eivin and Eve find a capsized boat and immediately begin looking for survivors. Otto, Charlotte and August build a shelter for their calves and Jane brings the family together with a new spring tradition.
Atz Sr. and Atz Lee head to Perl Island to begin plans for new pasture, while Otto and Eivin set to work transporting a small herd to the island by boat.
When Jane and Charlotte get word of a sick calf at the Head of the Bay, they trek through bear country to protect their herd. Three generations of Kilchers build a line shack on Perl Island and Otto has a surprise for Charlotte.
Things get explosive when the Kilchers expand a road on their homestead with detonation expert Desmond Duffy. Later, Jane and Charlotte get stuck in the mud on a fishing trip while Atz Sr. and Bonnie brave the backcountry to salvage vital resources.
Turkey With a Side of Hay
In the midst of Thanksgiving preparations, a baby seal needs help getting back to its family in time for dinner. Later, Eivin and August engineer a hay baler that will literally take a load off their backs.
By Land or By Sea
The Kilchers navigate their newly blasted road for the first time, hauling a huge pole barn up the hill and across the homestead. Eivin and Atz Sr. get tangled in a mooring line as the tide comes in.
Christmas Wonderland Woes
A backcountry winter wonderland is threatened when unseasonably warm weather brings rain to the homestead. But the Kilchers won’t let the storm ruin their Christmas plans!
Eivin and Eve discover a tangle of old nets endangering fish in a nearby river and launch a risky clean-up operation. Charlotte and Otto rebuild their rotting deck, leaving Jane and Jewel to pitch in elsewhere.
A Right of Passage
Honoring tradition and the ways of the past, the next generation of Kilcher men venture out on their first big game hunts. Later, the family rushes to complete unfinished projects before winter’s arrival.
Making Kilcher History
Otto unearths and restores a homestead relic once used by Yule Kilcher himself. Jane is dropped into the harsh and unforgiving Arctic Circle with only a rifle and a backpack in her first ever solo hunt.
A Whole New Frontier
As spring approaches, the Kilchers prepare for a potentially devastating wildfire season. But when Covid-19 threatens the homestead and crews are evacuated, the family must come together and adapt like never before.
An unprecedented new chapter kicks off on the homestead as the Kilchers film themselves coping with Alaska's stay-at-home order amid a growing pandemic. Resources must be stretched, homeschooling proves difficult and Atz Lee's PTSD resurfaces.
As supply chains in Alaska are disrupted, Jane and Eve focus on maximizing food supplies. The cattle drive is threatened by a runaway stallion, Eivin suffers a serious injury in his workshop and Atz Sr requires emergency surgery.
I Don't Want to Die Today
Kilcher road is threatened by a dangerous flood and Otto must repair the vital road before it’s washed away. Eve struggles to homeschool her kids, Jane and August score big on a deep-sea fishing trip and Atz Sr. recovers from his surgery.
While transporting calves to the Head of the Bay by boat, Otto, Charlotte and August are marooned. Still struggling with PTSD, Atz Lee works with his son Etienne to finish the insulation on his backcountry build and Jewel visits the homestead.
Land of the Midnight Sun
The Kilchers take advantage of the high summer's extra daylight to forge ahead. Atz Lee uses a helicopter to haul in vital equipment. Jane and Charlotte battle an angry nest of wasps, while Eivin fells trees and clears land for an upgraded chicken coop.
An earthquake strikes Homer, triggering a tsunami warning and evacuation. Eivin and Eve traverse treacherous mountain terrain on their first-ever goat hunt and Charlotte creates a special memorial for victims of COVID-19.
Fighting Fire with Fire
To protect the homestead from wildfires, Otto dynamites a reservoir in case of an emergency. Charlotte goes fishing with Jane but finds it’s not for her. After falling behind on the Fox Cabin, Atz Sr. enlists the help of his family to get back on track.
As fall approaches, the Kilchers kick into high gear. A large bull moose stalks the homestead and Eivin must keep his family safe. Atz Sr. hunts bear and nearly loses a horse. Otto begins the massive cleanup from an explosive wildfire prevention project.
As the Fox Cabin nears completion, Atz Sr. unites seven Kilcher siblings to finish the interior of his legacy rebuild. Jane, August and Etienne embark on the final fishing trip of the year and Eivin suffers a devastating loss.
The Kilchers rush to prepare for the arrival of winter. Otto saves a friend's home from sinking into the bay. The stress of parenting during the pandemic pushes Eve to her breaking point and Atz Sr. stalks a menacing bear on the homestead.
Fox Cabin Finale
Atz Sr. reveals his Fox Cabin legacy build after months of backbreaking effort. As winter begins, Eivin scrambles to complete a vital project he'd fallen behind on. Jane and Atz Lee attempt to airlift a piano to their remote cabin before snowfall.
He Might Die
Otto is trampled by a cow during a severe snowstorm and must be rescued before he succumbs to his life-threatening injuries.
An Uncertain Recovery
After his brush with death, Otto has a long, painful road of recovery ahead. Eivin and August bear the burden of their father's injury.
Paying it Forward
Otto considers leaving cattle ranching behind and Atz Sr. mobilizes a group of veterans to bring water to a local homesteader.
Eivin's New Future
Eivin considers expanding the Kilchers' reach by becoming a bush pilot. Tela takes Alysse dipnetting and Jane's cousin Kate comes to visit from Texas.
August must make some hard choices about his future. To help him clear his mind, Eivin brings his brother on a trip to Red Mountain. Jane and her cousin take Charlotte off the homestead for the first time since Otto's injury.
The Next Chapter
Before leaving for college, Etienne endures a homestead right of passage in the wilderness and August finally knows what he wants to do with his future.