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Alaska Bear Hunt Pt. 2

Alaska Bear Hunt Pt. 2

The Alaskan backcountry hunt continues as Steven Rinella and Rorke Denver manage to maneuver their way through the thicket and find themselves hot on some bears. Their luck holds out and the hunt is successful, but Rorke soon learns that the hunt is only half the battle. After a lesson in field butchering, Rorke and Steve head back to camp to do a little fishing and foraging to round out their bear feast.

Alaska Bear Hunt Pt. 1

Alaska Bear Hunt Pt. 1

Masters of their respective fields, Steven Rinella will take Navy SEAL Rorke Denver deep into the Alaskan backcountry to hunt black bears in the mighty Alaska Range. After several flights and a long climb up the ridge, the men will trade secrets and look into the differences and similarities between the hunter and the warrior. The bears are out and hungry, but they’re fast and in dense cover, forcing the men to work hard for their mountain meal.

Hearts of Darkness: Ticker Cooking Special

Hearts of Darkness: Ticker Cooking Special

While it’s considered a long-standing hunting tradition to eat the heart of your first kill, the heart is otherwise often underutilized in a wild game chef’s repertoire. Using the hearts from a wild boar, mule deer, caribou, moose and elk, Steven Rinella shares five of his favorite methods of preparing this underappreciated, nutrient-rich muscle.

Gila Monster: New Mexico Bull Elk

Gila Monster: New Mexico Bull Elk

After four years of waiting, Steven Rinella draws a coveted, limited-entry public land elk tag and heads into New Mexico’s Gila National Forest on a solo backpack hunt. His biggest challenge here is the vast expanse of hills covered in enough timber to hide an army – demanding lots of glassing and even more hiking. Here, even just one missed opportunity could result in an empty freezer at home.

The Best Start: Wild Game Breakfast Cooking Special

The Best Start: Wild Game Breakfast Cooking Special

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but is often overlooked by wild game cooks at home. Following a series of successful hunts across North America this past fall, Steven Rinella demonstrates how to cook a variety of breakfast classics using wild game ingredients—including black bear bacon, which Steve has never tried before.

Surf N Turk: Wisconsin Turkey and Carp

Surf N Turk: Wisconsin Turkey and Carp

Steven Rinella scratches his spring turkey itch this year as he visits Southeast Wisconsin to call in some big eastern Toms with his buddy Jerod Fink. The guys plan to do some serious cooking, and have plans to serve and enjoy a real Midwest turkey and fish fry.

Big Buck Dreams: Mule Deer

Big Buck Dreams: Mule Deer

Set against his annual Muley hunt, this year in southwest Colorado, Steven Rinella takes to the lectern and fills us in about his favorite critter, the mule deer. As Steve hunts he will share his vast knowledge about the species, how to hunt it, how to butcher it, and most importantly, how to cook and eat it.

Cold Water: Alaskan Seafood Cooking Special

Cold Water: Alaskan Seafood Cooking Special

After a spring bear hunt near his cabin on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, Steven Rinella sets out with traps and rod in hand to reap in the wealth of seafood in the waters nearby. There, he catches Dungeness crabs, spot prawn, and rockfish and takes some time to dig clams on the shore near his cabin. Before returning home, Steve demonstrates how to clean and prep the seafood to freeze and store. Back in the kitchen, Steve creates a handful of dishes—both traditional and not-so-traditional—that take full advantage of that irreplaceable flavor of wild-caught seafood.

Boone & Bugles: Kentucky Bull Elk

Boone & Bugles: Kentucky Bull Elk

Steven Rinella is invited by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to hunt elk during the rut in the coal country of southeastern Kentucky, a place once roamed by his hero Daniel Boone. This is Steve’s first eastern elk hunt, and he quickly realizes that the rules of the game here are different. If he manages to bump into one, he’ll prepare what was supposedly Boone’s favorite meal: elk liver.

Spring Beak: Florida Osceola Turkey

Spring Beak: Florida Osceola Turkey

Steven Rinella and his friend, Robert Abernathy, head to southern Florida to hunt Osceola turkeys. Steve hopes to finish off his Royal Turkey Slam, achieved by bagging all five subspecies of the American wild turkey—a quest that’s been a decade in the making. Featured meal is a grilled and stuffed turkey breast.

Opening Day: Wisconsin Whitetail Pt. 2

Opening Day: Wisconsin Whitetail Pt. 2

The Wisconsin hunt with comedians Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen continues as the hunters attempt to thin Doug's deer herd by culling some does. The cold just won't relent and the guys get a real taste of northern air. Steve checks his traps in hopes of giving Joe and Bryan their first taste of beaver meat, and Joe learns an important and fundamental lesson of the hunting lifestyle. After a weekend of hard hunting, they all converge on the kitchen to partake in the spoils and eat their fill of fresh meat.

Opening Day: Wisconsin Whitetail Pt. 1

Opening Day: Wisconsin Whitetail Pt. 1

Steven Rinella and his buddy Doug Duren give comedians Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen their first taste of Midwest deer hunting culture by sitting in freezing ground blinds on opening day in Wisconsin. The biggest challenge isn't the cold, it's the temptation to shoot a young, immature buck on Doug's well-managed farmland. It just wouldn't be a trip to the Duren Family Farm without a little trapping and duck hunting thrown in, rounding out the larder for a big wild game feast.

The Northern Rockies: British Columbia Grizzly Pt. 2

The Northern Rockies: British Columbia Grizzly Pt. 2

Steve and his buddy Ryan Callaghan continue to search for grizzlies but don’t want to go home empty-handed. When they spot a sizable black bear, Steve decides to pursue it -- keeping an eye out for that elusive boar grizz.

The Northern Rockies: British Columbia Grizzly Pt. 1

The Northern Rockies: British Columbia Grizzly Pt. 1

Steve and his buddy Ryan Callaghan, a British Columbia guide, hike into the steep backcountry of northern British Columbia in search of grizzlies. This alpine adventure includes some intense and up-close bear action – almost too close.

Local Motion: Montana Bull Elk

Local Motion: Montana Bull Elk

Steve gets brutalized by bad weather and fierce competition during a late-season central Montana elk hunt. Guided only by waypoints shared by a buddy of his, Steve encounters plenty of elk but is plagued by other hunters at every turn – leaving Steve with a tough, ethical decision that hunters sometimes face: to pursue or not to pursue?

Bull By Boat: British Columbia Moose

Bull By Boat: British Columbia Moose

Steve and his buddy Ryan Callaghan float a remote river on a moose hunt that results in some of the most dangerous moments in Steve’s life as a hunter. The two hunters travel far from civilization in a raft to search for the massive moose that call the area home.

Full Boar: Whole Hog Cooking Special

Full Boar: Whole Hog Cooking Special

Nose to Tail cooking has never been so real. On a spring hunt in Florida Steve got his hands on a wild barred hog and brought him home set on an extravagant meal. In the field Steve demonstrates the best way to break a hog down and bring him home—great butchering and preservation tips are included. After the journey back to Brooklyn, Steve and his good friend, chef Matt Weingarten, cook four preparations from the hog’s head, skin, trotters, muscle, and guts.

Sea Bear: Alaska Spring Bear and Seafood

Sea Bear: Alaska Spring Bear and Seafood

Steve ventures out to his hunting and fishing shack on a remote coastline of southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island. While hunting bears from a skiff and a canoe, Steve gathers a variety of prime seafood and makes a discovery about his own motivations as a bear hunter.

Clash of the Titans: California Pig and Deer

Clash of the Titans: California Pig and Deer

In this episode, Steven Rinella joins forces with fellow hunter and cook Hank Shaw in the hills of Central California to go after Columbia Blacktail Deer, Wild Pigs, and a handful of small game species that are in season. The end result is a culinary smorgasbord to cap any hunt, anywhere.

El Venado Blanco: Mexican Coues Deer

El Venado Blanco: Mexican Coues Deer

Steven Rinella returns to his favorite hunting grounds of Sonora, Mexico to hunt for Coues deer during the peak rutting season. Steve sets camp in the high country and spends days glassing for these small and elusive deer while his hunting partner, Remi Warren, tries to stalk one with a bow. To cap off the hunt, Steve cooks a batch of venison ribs braised in a Dutch oven buried beneath the coals.

Primal Cuts: Bone-In Cooking Special

Primal Cuts: Bone-In Cooking Special

In this cooking special, Steven Rinella shows his fans some of his favorite preparations for big, bone-in cuts of red meat. Interspersed with highlights from his recent caribou, buffalo, and mule deer hunts, the show features recipes that utilize some of the most underappreciated parts of big game animals. This episode is an attractive and delicious tribute to Steve’s gun-to-table ethic.

The Wide Open: New Mexico Antelope

The Wide Open: New Mexico Antelope

Steven Rinella heads to a friend’s big-country ranch in Northeastern New Mexico to stalk the fastest and most wary big game animal in the US. The Pronghorn Antelope is designed to escape and Steve will need his A-game to get within range of a healthy buck. With impeccable marksmanship, Steve will harvest his game and head to the kitchen to prepare a big pot of Antelope Chile packed full of New Mexico’s most famous red or green export.

Swamp Stew: Michigan Bow Fishing

Swamp Stew: Michigan Bow Fishing

Steven Rinella returns to his cherished boyhood stomping grounds in Michigan’s Muskegon Marsh to bow-fish for sucker, bowfin, and gar. Along the way, he demonstrates the rich bounty of wild foods that can be found in this freshwater paradise. Featured meals are salt-packed sucker and fried gar.

Forbidden Feast: Mexico Javelina and Coyote

Forbidden Feast: Mexico Javelina and Coyote

While Steven Rinella has had multiple experiences with spot-and-stalk hunting for javelina, in this episode he’s shown an entirely new tactic when his buddy Remi Warren demonstrates how to use a predator call to bring the peccaries in at a full run. The results are surprising. After the hunt, the javelinas get turned into a local delicacy, Chorizo de Javelin, with help from an experienced Mexican ranch cook. In addition, Steve and Remi hunt for coyote with the intent of roasting a whole animal. You won’t believe your eyes.

First Timers: Montana Mule Deer Pt. 2

First Timers: Montana Mule Deer Pt. 2

The second installment of a two-part episode covering the first hunt taken by comedians Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen. If all goes well, Steven Rinella will treat these newbies to traditional camp meals such as buck liver cooked with onions and a whole venison head roasted in a bed of coals.

First Timers: Montana Mule Deer Pt. 1

First Timers: Montana Mule Deer Pt. 1

Television personality Joe Rogan and his best friend, comedian Bryan Callen, join Steven Rinella on a float trip for mule deer through the rugged Missouri Breaks, hunting and camping along the way. This is as adventurous of a first hunt as anyone could hope for, and Steve’s special guests are in for a memorable experience in some gorgeous country.

Meet the MeatEaters: Montana Crew Muley Pt. 1

Meet the MeatEaters: Montana Crew Muley Pt. 1

The goal on MeatEater has always been to make viewers feel like they’re on a hunt with Steven Rinella, but on this two-part episode Rinella grants his viewers an all-access pass to see just how the MeatEater crew works together to make the show. In this first installment, Steve has promised his crew he will provide them with some high-test venison to share with their families for Thanksgiving Dinner. But can he deliver?

Straight Flush: Montana Mountain Grouse

Straight Flush: Montana Mountain Grouse

Steven Rinella and his friend Ronny Boehme drive into the mountains of southwest Montana to hunt the high ridge tops for dusky grouse. Ronny’s Bracco Italiano hunting dogs have been bred and trained for this work, but can Ronny handle the altitude? Featured meal will be dusky grouse jalapeño poppers and grouse fettuccine with a white wine and cream sauce.

Cooking Special: Wild Game for the Big Game

Cooking Special: Wild Game for the Big Game

With a full freezer from a long and successful fall season, any big sporting event is the perfect opportunity to cook up a pile of game meat and invite over some friends to watch the game. Steven Rinella prepares a collection of killer appetizers from animals harvested on recent MeatEater episodes. Featured dishes include tahr chili, Dall sheep sliders, Javelina tacos, and caribou sausage. These recipes are easy to make at home. With Steve’s help, your next party will truly be a wild game.

Sonoran Superbirds: Mexico Gould’s Turkey

Sonoran Superbirds: Mexico Gould’s Turkey

Steven Rinella crosses the border to call in and chase some big Gould’s turkeys. Of the five turkey species in North America, the Gould’s is the largest and is heavily protected in the US. On this unique Mexican adventure, Steve will be hunting with friend and expert Jay Scott, who knows the area better than anyone. After their successful hunt Steve will use special, locally-sourced charcoal to grill up a big, brined, delicious bird.

The Greatest Draw: Alaska Dall Sheep Pt. 2

The Greatest Draw: Alaska Dall Sheep Pt. 2

The culmination of Steven Rinella’s Tok Sheep hunt should not be missed, and just in case the Dall Sheep hunt isn’t enough, Steve and his hunting partners head upriver to chase bears. An exciting stalk ensues, and plenty of meat eating is enjoyed. Featured meals are Dall sheep steak with wild blueberry pancakes, Dall ribs cooked over a rock oven, and willow-roasted black bear loin.

The Greatest Draw: Alaska Dall Sheep Pt. 1

The Greatest Draw: Alaska Dall Sheep Pt. 1

After drawing one of the most coveted big game permits in North America – a Tok Management Area Dall sheep tag – Steven Rinella heads out for a truly rare and epic Alaskan experience. Along with two buddies, Steve is dropped deep into the Tok backcountry. After a rugged hike through nasty weather, Steve’s skills and fortitude are tested against his elusive, high-climbing quarry.

True North: Alaska North Slope Caribou

True North: Alaska North Slope Caribou

Steven Rinella and special guest, the author Tim Ferriss, travel to the remotest corner of Alaska to catch the annual migration of the famed Western Arctic caribou herd. On the open tundra they are met with challenges, wild adventures, and grizzlies. After two intense hunts for bull caribou, they feast on a stew of caribou sirloin and root vegetables thickened with bone marrow.

Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Cooking Special

Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Cooking Special

The Pilgrims didn’t get their turkey at the store and neither does Steven Rinella. On this special Holiday episode Steve cooks three enticing dishes: Wild Turkey Galantine, Smoked Black Bear Ham, and his take on the traditional Mincemeat Pie. Appetites will run large as Steve makes a special meal for his family and friends.

The Top of the Bottom of the World  Pt. 1: New Zealand Tahr

The Top of the Bottom of the World Pt. 1: New Zealand Tahr

Steven Rinella gears up for a massive climb into New Zealand’s Southern Alps in pursuit of Chamois and Tahr. Guide and friend, Remi Warren, will show Steve the ropes of hunting the high-country of New Zealand’s alpine. The men will travel light and hunt for food as they go, basing out of an alpine hut as they locate their quarry. This hunt turns adventurous quickly; with an impassable glacial river between Steve and his goal, things get dangerous and intense.

Bush Pig: New Zealand Wild Boar

Bush Pig: New Zealand Wild Boar

Steven Rinella and local Wild Pig legend, Darren Moore, spend a wild, action-packed day tracking down Captain Cook boars in the thick New Zealand bush. Their tools for the job include two little pig dogs, a knife, and some real grit. These pigs are tenacious and possibly dangerous to both the men and the dogs, and this is as visceral as a hunt gets. When success is had, Steve learns an eye-popping technique for field-prepping whole hogs.

Strange Hunt in a Strange Land: New Zealand Red Stag

Strange Hunt in a Strange Land: New Zealand Red Stag

Steven Rinella flies halfway around the world to take on the mystical Red Stag in one of the most beautiful settings in the world—New Zealand’s South Island. Steve learns whether his North American hunting skills will translate for these foreign beasts.

Crossing Borders: Sonoran Desert Bison

Crossing Borders: Sonoran Desert Bison

Hunting a powerful living relic from a bygone era, Steven Rinella heads into the mountains of the Sonora Desert on a true, wild, free-ranging buffalo hunt. Steve knows Buffalo, but seeing and stalking these beasts in this dry, stark habitat is a wild experience, very different from anything he’s every done. After a careful long-distance stalk Steve takes a young bull and winds up with yards of incredible bison meat to share with his family, friends, and locals. With a little help, Steve prepares a true multicultural feast for a table of hungry cowboys.

The Fair Chase: Arizona Mountain Lion

The Fair Chase: Arizona Mountain Lion

America’s desert Southwest is a sharp, hard country of cactus, deep canyons, and big cats. Steven Rinella arrives to learn the truth about one of the hunting world’s most controversial acts—tracking a Lion with dogs until it is bayed on a cliff or in a tree. Learning from two expert lion hunters, he immerses himself in a style of hunt that is utterly new to him. He is humbled by the challenge it presents, this hunt is physically brutal and emotionally taxing. Sometimes the reward of the hunt is the thrill of success and a delicious meal, and other times it’s a more personal, and possibly more important lesson of knowledge and humility.

Big Sky, Bigger Birds: Montana Spring Turkey

Big Sky, Bigger Birds: Montana Spring Turkey

Steven Rinella and his brother Matt load up the llamas for a backcountry spring Turkey hunt in Montana’s Powder River Breaks. This rugged terrain is the brothers’ long time stomping ground and they will pack deep into the badlands to get away from people and close to some Toms. Featured meal will be camp-fried turkey schnitzel.

Big Bucks and Small Game: White Tail Deer

Big Bucks and Small Game: White Tail Deer

Steven Rinella heads to Wisconsin to spend a few days on his buddy’s historical family farm.  He will enlist other locals to help him hunt for a big buck or tasty doe in the famed Driftless area.  Featured meal is Grilled Butterfly Venison Steaks and Hassenpfeffer (Peppered Hare Stew).

The Water’s Edge:  Waterfowl in Alaska

The Water’s Edge: Waterfowl in Alaska

For a waterfowler's dream hunt, Steven Rinella joins his friend, wildlife biologist Brandt Meixell, on a remote trip to some untouched Alaska wetlands in search of ducks and geese.  With a big spread of decoys and a loyal retriever, they try to get their limit and fill their bellies with a constant supply of duck meat.  Featured meal is willow-spit roasted whole duck.

The Rugged Peaks: Alaskan Mountain Goat

The Rugged Peaks: Alaskan Mountain Goat

Every year, a handful of hunters draw a permit to hunt the Mills Creek region of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Steven Rinella holds one of the permits this year, and he and his brother Danny backpack into the mountains, into country they’ve never seen, in hopes of finding a billy goat. It’s a grueling hunt, and there’s the constant threat of losing your meat if the goat spills over a cliff.

Canyon Bottoms and Cookouts: Texas Javelina

Canyon Bottoms and Cookouts: Texas Javelina

Steven Rinella takes to the thorns and thickets of a West Texas canyon in search of javelina.  Smelling the animals is easy, but getting a clear shot with a bow is a whole other story. Featured meal is boiled javelina with cactus pears.

The Roughest Country: Texas Aoudad Sheep

The Roughest Country: Texas Aoudad Sheep

Steven Rinella heads into the Texas backcountry after one of the continent's most elusive feral animals -- the Barbary sheep, or Aoudad, of North Africa. For most hunters, just glimpsing one of these animals is a trophy.  If Steve is lucky enough to land one of these sheep, he plans to cook them up in traditional hunter-style over a fire.

Brotherhood, Badlands, and Pack Llamas: Montana Mule Deer

Brotherhood, Badlands, and Pack Llamas: Montana Mule Deer

Along with a trio of cantankerous, spit-hurling pack llamas, Steven Rinella, along with his brother Matt and good friend Matt Moison camp and hunt in the arid and frozen badlands of Eastern Montana for mule deer. Freezing cold temperatures and unforgiving topography add to the already-challenging job of finding and stalking a Mule Deer buck.  In this environment the deer have all of the advantage: they can spot, smell, and hear hunters long before they are anywhere near shooting range.  To combat the freezing temperatures, Rinella plans to make a hunter's stew to celebrate a successful hunt.

The New American Food Chain: Wild Pigs

The New American Food Chain: Wild Pigs

Wild Hogs can thrive almost anywhere - just like Steven Rinella.  On this trip, Steve travels to the Sacramento Valley in central California in search of challenge and seriously good food.  300 years ago Spanish settlers let a handful of pigs loose in order to turn acorns into bacon, and today harvesting a wild pig for food is nexus of wild living and seriously good food.  Steve will prepare a backcountry gourmet feast of pork loin roasted with apples and rosemary cooked in tin foil over a fire.

Stalking the Gray Ghost: Arizona Coues Whitetail Deer

Stalking the Gray Ghost: Arizona Coues Whitetail Deer

To hunt some of the most elusive game, the predator must become its prey. Steven Rinella drew a tag to hunt the elusive Coues Deer in the stark mountains of southern Arizona, where his spot and stalk skills will be pushed to the limit hunting these tiny, ghostlike deer.  To successfully take a deer Steve will have to become equally invisible, quiet, and attuned to his surroundings...he will need to become a desert ghost.  In tune with the local culture, Steve will pack a small kit of tortillas, chilies, and all the fixings to prepare fire-grilled heart tacos.

The Sweetest Meat: Alaskan Black Bear

The Sweetest Meat: Alaskan Black Bear

To find the best-tasting game meat, you have to earn it.  As the cold Alaskan winter approaches, bears flock to the high country of Alaska's Chugach Range while feasting on cranberry and blueberry.   As summer turns to fall, the bears  have exhausted low-elevation fruit and their quest to fatten up pushes them into higher and less accessible terrain.  The hard work and long hike pays off, as berry-fed black bears provide some of the finest tasting meat available to the American hunter.  The meat is so good, that Steven Rinella plans to fry it in it’s own fat as a celebratory meal if he is lucky enough to land a bear on this trip.

Into the Clouds: Sitka Blacktail Deer

Into the Clouds: Sitka Blacktail Deer

Steven Rinella wants to hunt where few have hunted before.  To gain access to pristine ground, he charters a float plane to drop him high in the Alpine zone of Alaska’s Coastal Rainforest at a little used landing spot.  He plans to spend three days alone in the wild hunting for blacktail deer. The primary challenges are steep and technically challenging terrain, drifting fog banks, and nearly incessant rain and snow. If he lands a blacktail, Steve plans to cook up Rock-Pounded tenderloin to feast on before the float plane returns to bring him back to civilization.