New Berlin, Wis. --(Ammoland.com)- It’s no joking matter when Steven Rinella takes two comedians out to hunt the rugged wilds of Montana.
In a first for outdoor television, Steven Rinella and his popular show MeatEater, a Sportsman Channel original series, take first-time hunters and celebrity comedians Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen out to the Missouri Breaks region of Montana for a chilly, but memorable, mule deer hunt.
The two-part episode concludes this Sunday, May 5 at 9 pm ET/PT with part two of the series, exclusively on Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American sportsman. Missed part one? Don’t worry, it will replay just prior at 8 pm ET/PT. For a sneak peak of what’s to come and more, visit TheSportsmanChannel.Com/MeatEater
Joe Rogan has been a fan of Rinella since he watched MeatEater more than a year ago, and has invited Steven to speak about hunting and other topics on his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. “We had an immediate connection and his intense desire to hunt for the first time is something I couldn’t ignore,” said Rinella about Rogan.
The more the two starting talking, the more excited Rogan was for his first trip. As plans for a hunt solidified Rogan invited his best friend, comedian Bryan Callen, along for his first hunting experience as well. “It was interesting how quickly I settled in to the idea of hunting,” Callen said. “I think its in all of our DNA –it’s how we evolved.”
“I wanted these guys to experience not just a hunt, but an honest adventure that takes them out of their comfort zone,” said Rinella, who chose the Missouri Breaks as the perfect location for a spot and stalk mule deer hunt. “It’s important to me to preserve and promote the meat eating lifestyle,” said Rinella. “Mentoring guys on their first hunt is a way I can ensure this tradition continues.”
The failures and success of both men ensure they’ll pack their bags again for another hunting trip. “I’m obsessed,” said Callen. “I can see why people get obsessed with hunting. Everything is against you.”
When Rogan eventually connected with his buck, he was full of gratitude for the experience. “I’ve wanted to hunt for years. This is the most ethical, most honest, most real way to do it,” said Rogan. “I’m doing this forever.”
No MeatEater episode would be complete without Rinella showcasing how to cook what is harvested in the field. This recent James Beard Award nominee tries a new recipe inspired by meals that were traditionally cooked by mountain men who used the Missouri River as a thoroughfare – roasted deer head. They skin the head and bury it under a smoldering fire for roughly three hours. For good measure, they also decide to roast the neck and stuff the heart with apples and onions. “This meal demonstrates the wealth of things that can be done with venison if you have an adventurous palate,” said Rinella.
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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.
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