Trial by Fire on “Live Free or Die”

Last night on Live Free or Die, life in the wild continues as the primitives face unexpected personal challenges while trying to stay equipped with the essentials to survive as winter comes to a close. In the swamps of Georgia, frontiersman Colbert’s hunting season is winding down, but since he relies on his catches for income, the pressure is on. Luckily, he catches a raccoon in the woods near his house. The season is going to end well, it seems, but when he returns home with his catch, Colbert is faced with a tragedy with unimaginable consequences.

In Appalachia, Tony and Amelia are keeping busy around their hillside property. Since they depend on rain for all their drinking water needs, they decide to build a water filter out of bamboo taken from a grove in Asheville and bio-char that they make themselves.

Nearby, Thorn finds himself with an eye infection and a fever as temperatures on the ridge stay low and part of his hut breaks off, exposing him to the elements. After trying a few natural medicinal remedies, his condition improves in time for his daughter’s visit to the woods.

Over in the mountains of California, Gabriel prepares for a boar hunt with the help of his friend Justin by forging a spear.  Wild boars, which can weigh several hundred pounds, pose grave danger to hunters. Under cover of night, they head into strawberry fields where boars have been destroying farmers’ crops and soon encounter a large predator.

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  1. Erika
    Southern California
    October 10, 2014, 10:43 pm

    I have a serious concern about Gabriel hunting boars in California. I am an avid hunter and buy a license every year along with the proper tags and stamps. A tag is required to hunt pig in California, but you don’t mention that Gabriel has on one the show. Also, pig hunting is not allowed one half hour after sunset, and does he have permission to hunt in that strawberry field? I think you need to clarify this on your show, DFG has enough work cut out for them with poachers and illegal hunters. Please do not make people feel that they can just go out and shoot pigs, catch fish and other animals just so they can live off the grid. They still need to follow DFG rules and regulations. As far as I know, California does not have a sustenance rule that exempts people from the laws.

  2. dave
    October 24, 2014, 6:46 am

    I worry about Tony’s knowledge of water safety. First his “bio-charcoal” was made from dimensional lumber that contains harmful cancer causing chemicals. Secondly he defeated the effectiveness of his filter by making it smaller because he was impatient. What else do you have to do? If you need drinking water fill the filter the night before. The only true way to be sure his drinking water is safe is to boil it after filtration. Simple and basic. His filter will not remove all dangerous microbes that can make him sick. God help them if they have a child…

  3. joel
    October 30, 2014, 4:38 pm

    I think yall need to keep your opinions to yourself, they should not need a license to do anything….they live off the land like our ancestors, it’s not like they can just go to McDonald’s if they can’t hunt. So keep you mouth shut about regulations. And actually filtering water through charcoal does help a lot better than you think. I’m so happy yall are soon smart about living off the land as your typing on your computer talking trash…..
    PS. Go to hell

  4. james marlatt
    February 11, 2015, 2:43 pm

    Jeez calm down. I think a lot of people have lost their way concerning the outdoors including myself. If if the charcoal was made from treated wood then yes it could possibly be harmful. Peoples dogs was dying from licking the water off of people’s decks that had treated wood. Ohio is the same way no hunting 1/2 an hour before sunrise and sunset. I want to treated as an equal as I think that everyone else should no special treatment if I have to have permits and license for hunting everyone else should unless you are disabled or disabled veteran.

    But I do actually have a question s.1 ep.4 thorn sold his tent for 6 hundred and got a wad of money but when he bought the goat he had hundreds? Did he go to a bank or something. I do like the shows on national geographic. But sometimes it gets a little deep in bs starts getting as bad as ax men.