From Combat Training to Alaskan Black Bear Hunting on
Sportsman Channel’s Two-Part “MeatEater” Season Finale Beginning Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
The hunt continues September 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
NEW BERLIN, WI (September 16, 2014) – It’s not every day a Navy SEAL Commander asks Steven Rinella, host of Sportsman Channel’s MeatEater, to teach him how to hunt. But in this week’s first episode of a two-part season finale, Commander Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL, author and one of the stars of the hit film “Act of Valor,” does just that. The decorated war hero joins Rinella on an Alaskan bear hunt to begin Denver’s transition from trained combat fighter to seasoned hunter. MeatEater airs Thursday, September 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.
Denver has invaluable leadership and tactical skills from his time as a Navy SEAL, but years of combat training differs from what it takes to become a successful hunter. Rinella takes the lead as he and Denver head to a remote location in Alaska – an area even Rinella has never traveled before – to embark on a journey for spring black bear. With a little guidance from the locals, the men are ready to roll out into the sweeping mountains. A bear eventually emerges, but when Denver aims, he has second thoughts about pulling the trigger. His slight hesitation could cost him a successful hunt.
“Rorke and I were connected through mutual friends because he wanted to learn to hunt as a way of easing out of 13 years of non-stop training and combat,” said Rinella. “I jumped at the opportunity to share some excitement and beauty with someone who has given so much to his country. It was my goal to give Rorke an experience worthy of his abilities.”
MeatEater airs exclusively on Sportsman Channel, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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About Steven Rinella: Steven Rinella is an avid outdoorsman, writer, and television personality best known for his ability to translate the hunting lifestyle to a wide variety of audiences. He is the author of The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine, the award-winning American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, and most recently, Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter. He’s a correspondent for Outside magazine, and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, O the Oprah Magazine, Men’s Journal, and more traditional hunting and fishing publications like Field and Stream and Petersen’s Hunting.
About Zero Point Zero: Zero Point Zero Production is an award-winning production company located in Manhattan. Founded by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia in 2003, with Partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009. Zero Point Zero has produced hundreds of hours of television in over 80 countries around the world, including the two Emmy Award-winning series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie. Zero Point Zero has produced television series and specials for CNN, Travel Channel, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS, Sportsman Channel, The Weather Channel, and Bravo. Visit www.zeropointzero.com for additional information.
About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is the only television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. The leader in outdoor television, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that embraces outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and reveals it through unique, surprising and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. The network also is dedicated to promoting our nation’s military heroes and veterans, as well as providing a voice for conservation throughout the United States. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at www.thesportsmanchannel.com; Facebook, (Twitter(twitter.com/SPORTSMANchnl and twitter.com/SportsmanPR) and YouTube (youtube.com/TheSportsmanChannel).