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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