On tonight’s Discovery Channel episode of “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” the episode was titled “Do or Die.” The Kilcher family lives a life of subsistence in and around their homestead off Kachemak Bay in southern Alaska and winter just put its icy grip on the homestead.
With time running out to hunt for food for their survival, they must hustle to provide the family with meat. Jane, Cody and James are coming back after failing to find a male moose. The Alaskan government has loosened the restrictions, and cows are now game provided they do not have a calf.
Eivin and Eve’s sister Elli make a plane trip to Afognak Island to double the chances of finding food for the winter. They hope to get an elk or deer, but must be aware of the huge bears that inhabit the island. They found elk tracks that looked pretty new and hope was alive. Otto and Charlotte got a call from Mark Marette that their cattle were scattered all over the place. Now they have to bring them back to the homestead because the winter arrival surprised them. Charlotte asked Mark if he spotted her milk cow Bunny, but he had not. When Charlotte spotted her, she was thrilled and was happy that she was not eaten by a bear.
Eivin and Elli spotted a doe but let it go because she must have a boyfriend somewhere. Meanwhile, Jane and the guys spotted a moose, but it was too close to the end of daylight to dress it, so they hope to find it early tomorrow.
Shane’s cabin is a long way from being completed, but they must try to cover it so it does not get waterlogged during the winter rain and snow. Shane got some of the spikes from the “Bridge of Many Uses” that Atz Lee gave him.
As Eivin and Elli were hunting, it started snowing, and they hoped the deer would come down from the higher elevations, so they could get some meat and go home. Elli spotted a buck, but her gun was not ready and Eivin shot it. He killed it in one shot and was grateful for not wounding it and thanked it for providing their families with meat.
At the Marette homestead, it took a while to separate their cows from Mark’s, but they finally got the job done. The second day of hunting, Elli and Eivin spotted another deer, and Elli got it in one shot, and she also thanked the deer for her life.
Shane and Kelli are hoping to finish the roof before the next snow. Atz Lee and more helpers came by to help. Danny and James were glad to lend a hand. Kelli has multiple sclerosis, but could use the chainsaw to cut the lumber. In no time with all the help, the roof was complete.
Early in the morning, James climbed a tree to see if he could spot a moose. He saw two cows and a bull and no calves. Jane got the cow, but the bull was still in the area, and they were afraid it would charge them. The bull finally left and they immediately dressed the moose.
Otto and Charlotte have to bring the cattle home through frozen creeks, and it has gotten bitterly cold. They do not like to walk on the ice, so Charlotte drives a quad across to break it up. As some of the calves have never walked across ice before, they are fearful.
As Jane and the guys head for home, Jane was grateful for the moose, and that she was able to bring home food for her injured husband on this episode of “Alaska: The Last Frontier.”