Last night, prior to resumption of season two “Alaskan Bush People” this bonus episode was titled “New Season Countdown.” The Brown family relives their adventure as they look back and forward to what lies ahead in the new season.
The Browns arrived on Chichagof Island and had to build a house to protect them from the elements and predators. As the construction began, Noah, the genius of the family decided to make a smoker that would keep their meat preserved and free from dangerous microbes. He used a filing cabinet and an old speaker and did a great job.
While the rest of the family was working on the house, Billy and his son Gabe went deer hunting. They saw every sign of deer, except for the deer. When they finally spotted a deer, it was Gabe who had to take the shot. He missed a great shot and disappointed the entire hungry family on the last hunt and could not return without food this time. He spotted one and in one clean shot he got him. He thanked the Good Lord, the deer and the good shot he made so the deer did not suffer. These people do not kill for joy; they need animals for their very survival.
As the house is starting to look like a real house, the evening temperatures fall below their ability to keep warm with just the barrel stove; making the night a very cold one for the Browns. When they awoke the next morning, snow had fallen making it officially winter. The chain saw was not too anxious to start and took several pulls to get going. Good thing these are hardy men who are used to the difficulties of manual labor. When they had to lift an 800-pound beam they used ingenuity to bring it up eleven feet to the platform and built a scaffold to reach it. Matt got his hand crushed putting up the beam, so they used bush medicine to construct a splint using wood, twine and deer hide.
Back to work, they discover there is a tree in the way of the roof construction. Ami did not want them to take down the birch tree because they do not usually grow so high in the bush. Gabe is the strongest son, so he was chosen to balance on a six inch beam to cut down the tree. The job is very dangerous, so they took all precautions to be sure Gabe was alright. Although precautions were taken, if something went wrong, they would never forgive themselves. The tree fell down without any problem and they all went back to work. Balancing from the rafters with a rope around their waist, they finished putting on the rest of the lumber outside the house. When it was completed, they had shelter and because they spent so much on the wood, they used cardboard boxes for the insulation on the interior walls. Now they are home and have more adventures to come on the future episodes of “Alaskan Bush People.”