Resourcefulness is key to survival in Port Protection and for 56-year resident Sam that means making the most of what he’s got. He sets out to extend the wear of his boots using mink oil — but first he must find and trap the minks.
Winter’s end is approaching and the change of season brings new opportunities while closing the door on others.
The residents of Port Protection deal with the forces of nature, yet again. Curly decides to support the community and take on pesky beavers.
Spring has come to Port Protection and with it a host of chores and opportunities. Mary Miller takes advantage of bear season and heads into the nearby woods to hunt her first black bear. Gary Muehlberger sets out to trap a beaver in the hopes of teaching Port Protection’s newest resident, Amanda Makar, how to skin and treat it for its fur. And Hans and Timbi Porter overcome their recent surgeries and hike up a nearby mountain for firewood to an astonishing patch of land known as “the blow down.”
The spring season progresses and the residents of Port Protection encounter tasks and challenges. When Curly tries to be a good neighbor by helping his friend Jiggy with a rotten tree that threatens to fall on his house, he finds his experience and determination tested. Mary passes the torch of knowledge to Amanda, teaching her the finer points of how to hunt and track game, to provide her with the tools to survive on her own. Sam readies the fire patrol boat, staging a fire drill with other community members, which involves setting a real fire.
With winter almost upon them, the residents of Port Protection are busy using the remaining days of good weather and daylight to stock their freezers and complete crucial chores.
For the residents of Port Protection, a transition from fall to winter means not only a change in weather but also a change in priorities.
Mary and Curly head out on a duck hunt that tests their limits. Sam hunts for a Sitka black-tailed deer with one of his oldest hunting partners.
As winter moves in on Port Protection, residents take advantage of some rare mild weather to increase their chances of survival throughout the season.
In order to survive the menacing winter months, residents scramble to gather any remaining necessities.
The dark days of winter have come to Port Protection, but that hasn’t stopped its residents from continuing their pursuit of a more sustainable life.
The residents continue making repairs around town during a mild winter.
The residents deal with unpredictable weather in Port Protection as the winter subsides.
Hans and Timbi need help building their greenhouse; Sam experiments with handmade octopus pots for fishing; Gary searches for river trout inland; and Curly rids Mary's property of an uninvited mink.
Community improvement projects are worked on by the residents of Port Protection.
The Season 3 premiere demonstrates how the community of Port Protection depends on each other to survive.
Backwoods ingenuity comes in handy in the repair of some broken-down equipment.
The wild can be a hunter's paradise for those willing to make the effort.
The importance of acquiring Alaskan wood in the small town of Port Protection is examined.
For those willing to brave the ocean's hazards, the waters off the coast of Alaska will prove rewarding.
The village of Port Protection is home to both wild characters and wild animals. Both play an integral role in what it means to live and survive in Port Protection. From marten to mink, animals provide food, shelter and clothing. This compilation will include how traps are made and for what purpose. Gary traps marten, Sam voyages for mink, and Curly ‘The Woodsman’ Leech attempts to trap a varmint eating away the foundation of Mary’s home. Each capture fills a different need for those who live in the vast wilds of Port Protection.
Sam Carlson is Port Protection’s Mr. Fix It. Sam has not only built a life in the bush, but has thrived in engineering ways to save power, catch and store fish for the long winters, and most importantly. help the other residents in the area.
Gary Muehlberger is Port Protection's resident Sourdough.
Mary Miller left the city life to become a Port Protection native. Away from her children, Mary takes the Alaskan wild head on.