There’s an age-old tradition of hunters eating the hearts of the hunting season’s first harvest. Just ask Steven Rinella, host of Sportsman Channel’s MeatEater, as he shares ancient hunter/gatherer lore when he prepares five hearts from five different animals on this week’s episode. MeatEater airs exclusively Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sportsman Channel.  Viewers can “eat their hearts out” by taking a look at next week’s episode here.

A heart is at the core of any wild game.  It’s been said that by eating the heart of an animal, humans can take on attributes the animals possess.  It could very well be a myth, but what if those ancestors are right? The tenacity of a wild boar, coupled with the unwavering loyalty of an elk and the fighting spirit of a moose, could make for a man, nothing short of a superhuman – if he knows how to prepare the heart.

“Really, there’s no reason to ever leave a heart laying on the gut pile out in the woods,” said Rinella. “You need to bring those things home, you need to embrace them. If those ancient hunter/gatherer cultures are right, and we really can absorb attributes from the animals whose hearts we eat, then this has been a very constructive day.”

MeatEater airs exclusively on Sportsman Channel, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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