Tonight’s Discovery episode of “Alaskan Bush People” was titled “Shots Fired.” The nine members of the Brown family live on remote Chichagof Island in Alaska. As the episode begins, Bear is rubbing himself with dirt to camouflage himself, so he can get a deer for his family’s sustenance.
Matt relates the event that happened in the last episode when his mother Ami went to the hospital in severe pain. The family is now building a bed for her downstairs so she does not have to climb stairs. The years of living in the bush have put its toll on her frail body. She has been released from the hospital and is back home. They told her at the hospital that it could take a few weeks to a few months for her to recover.
As she rests, the family makes plans to prepare for the winter. Billy knows that each child must pull their weight to help make up for the illness of their mother. Matt goes to see his friend Kenny in town at the junk yard to find materials for Ami’s root cellar. It must be bear-proof, and Matt finds a huge electrical box to line the root cellar. Bear let Billy know that the deer are up in the mountains, high in the mountains and alpine hunting up, there could be treacherous. While the deer are up the mountains, the bears are in the streams looking for fish but still pose a threat.
Bear is prepared to lead the hunt for deer. He greases up his gun so it works properly and uses chicken fat that works. Noah is building a smokehouse with a design that will burn without constantly watching the fire. It will hold a whole deer or plenty of fish, and he puts his signature cross on the smokehouse, because although he made it, the supplies were from God.
Bear is leading the hunt for alpine deer, and Billy gives him a signaling system in case of an emergency. Shots will be fired and answered by Billy’s shots. Then shots again and if all is alright another shot. If other than alright, more shots fired will signal that help is needed. Bear, Bird and Gabe headed out at night to reach the summit by daylight, but the bears can smell, so they must be extra cautious.
Noah is building his smoker, and Bam offers to use his stove to heat it so the fish they caught will not spoil. Kenny came to visit and see how some of the things they purchased from him have been used. Kenny offered to help Matt build the root cellar.
High above Browntown, the hunting party found no deer in the area. Bear goes to another plan and goes down the mountain where they may be hiding. Bear finds a sign that hunters were there prior to their hunt. Ami needed to get out of the house for a few minutes and check on the garden. She carefully walked down the steps as Billy held on to her. Once outside, she felt so much better just having fresh air and the garden is growing nicely.
On the mountain the sound of three gunshots below is answered by three more. When they get the signal that something is wrong, they head down the mountain as quickly as possible to see what the problem can be, on this episode of “Alaskan Bush People.”