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Idyllic in nature, the concept of living a scaled-down, simpler, off-the-grid life has gained popularity in recent years, but the initial results for many budding homesteaders have been disappointing. The learning curve is steep, especially in the most dangerous and isolated locations across the country. Many families are not equipped with the skills, experience or knowledge of how to grow food, find water, harness power or deal with the threat of predators. In "Homestead Rescue," craftsman and survival expert Marty Raney -- joined by daughter Misty, a farmer, and son Matt, a hunter and fisherman -- attempt to teach these families the essential skills on how to survive -- and thrive -- in the wilderness. Because sustaining a homestead through hunting, fishing, gardening, building upkeep, security, and problem solving is a full-time job. At the conclusion of each episode, the rookie survivalists decide to either tough out their first year or pack up and return to civilization.

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Stranded on a cliff in their RV, Jeff Tatsch, an amputee, and his wife, Carol, need a livable home, water and a place to grow food, so the Raneys build an entire cabin from scratch on solid ground and harness a source of water from a natural spring.
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The Raneys must move an entire cabin into the flood zone as Marty's dam is put to the test; a surprise arrival of chicks means Misty needs a clever upgrade for a ravaged chicken coop; Matt crafts a knife blade in the Smiths' newly improved foundry.
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A dangerous request from the Smith family in a Missouri flood zone forces the Raneys into the homestead challenge of their lives as they build a dam and plan an entire cabin move; to save the family's business, Matt embarks on a knife shop remodel.
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The Raneys create their first-ever self-automated homestead in the fierce Alaskan wilderness to function while firefighters Kim and Casey Boespflug are away on duty.
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The Raneys must save a unique family of homesteaders themselves; Marty and Matt build a new homestead on 40 acres of virgin wilderness.
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The Raneys return to Alaska to discover their own homestead is in utter disrepair; beetle kill has destroyed their only access, so they race to build a steel tram before the deep freeze sets in, but it may not be able to withstand a 7.2 earthquake.
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Marty takes on a risky first-time build -- a huge diverter trench to deflect the torrents of storm water devastating the homestead of musician Lou and his wife, Stacey; with a huge storm forecast, no one can predict if this rescue will succeed.
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Marty is hit with a bombshell; the old well he's come to fix has already claimed its first victim; to set the Dagues on a path to self-sufficiency, the Raneys try to deliver a long-term water source, protein supply and sustainable power.
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The Raneys help the Johnson family who have no drinking water or food sources; their dogs have been killed by a mystery predator and worry they are next.
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The dog-mushing Deeters own a homestead on the edge of disaster; the Raneys attempt to help, but discover the Deeters don't trust outsiders.
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The Raneys help the Kondors in the Nevada desert, where the homestead suffers from rattler infested trailers, searing heat, sand storms and a lack of water.
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The Raneys help the Russells, who are struggling on a failing homestead in the forests of Pennsylvania; the family faces a food shortage, with no hunting skills, and a cabin on the brink of collapse.
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The Raneys help an Oregon homestead trapped at the bottom of a 100 foot cliff that separates them from four acres of land that they need for food and livestock; Marty takes a risk forming a road up a bedrock cliff to a forest with mountain lions.
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A homestead is in serious danger from a raging California wildfire prompting Marty to clear-cut surrounding trees and create an evacuation ark for livestock; Matt devises a unique layer of fire protection to save the home from destruction.
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The Raneys rush to a failing homestead in Colorado where husband Don makes a 40-mile mountain commute each day, leaving his wife alone and terrified to leave the house because of the surrounding bears and mountain lions.
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The Raney family arrives at a homestead with a bee-obsessed owner that is unintentionally attracting bears with his hives; Marty bush-engineers a windmill to pump water to a new bathhouse.
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The Raney's help the Zabec family in Virginia, where pigs are destroying the homestead, predators are killing livestock, and a huge oak is threatening their cabin.
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Toxic land plagues a Kentucky homestead, so the Raneys must build the Rains family a hillside garden, turn a cave into a goat fortress and find uncontaminated water deep underground.
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In Montana, the Raney's help Beth and Mike Ettinger who live in an abandoned ghost town stalked by a mountain lion and void of any livestock, water or food.
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The Raneys assist an Oregon homestead where fire is a constant threat and livestock are family pets instead of meat.
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Shocked to find a bear den near the Counter family's Colorado homestead, the Raneys build an old-school root cellar and an innovative greenhouse; they attempt to inspire two teenage sisters to help bring their father's dream to life.

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