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Five individuals leave their mainstream lives behind to face the challenges of life in the wild.

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aired 72 days ago
Challenges hit hard and force the modern-day pioneers to call on Plan B.
aired 72 days ago
Construction projects become even more taxing for modern-day pioneers living in the wild.
aired 72 days ago
The pioneers tap into ancient traditions to survive the wild.
aired 72 days ago
Modern-day pioneers deal with the good and bad of living with mules, chickens and a goat.
aired 79 days ago
Relationships are put to the test when modern-day pioneers host family members.
aired 79 days ago
The modern-day pioneers must hunt, gather and trap to get their next meal.
aired 955 days ago
Primitive skills are tested as new challenges arise.
aired 956 days ago
Tobias is desperate to find water; Colbert goes fishing; Thorn hunts frogs.
aired 962 days ago
Colbert, Tony and Amelia upgrade their transportation; Thorn patches a leak; Tobias goes fishing.
aired 1,005 days ago
Tobias and Thorn hunt small game; Derik, Tony and Amelia prepare bartering items.
aired 1,012 days ago
Tony and Amelia tend to their bees; Thorn and Tobias make changes at camp.
aired 1,033 days ago
Tobias and Thorn seek sustenance; Colbert, Tony and Amelia make changes.
aired 1,040 days ago
Tobias' trek turns desperate; Tony and Amelia embark on their first turkey hunt.
aired 1,040 days ago
Colbert and Thorn track elusive prey; Tobias and Derik begin perilous journeys.
aired 1,047 days ago
Thorn devises an unorthodox way to reach beaver territory; Derik faces a long journey.
aired 1,047 days ago
Self-proclaimed primitives face challenges and find opportunities in the spring season.

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