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MeatEater's Steven Rinella

Steven Rinella’s long-awaited elk hunt comes to fruition this Thursday on Sportsman Channel.


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New Berlin, Wis. –( Gila National Forest in New Mexico is one of the most coveted elk hunting destinations in the United States. Hunters such as MeatEater’s Steven Rinella, wait for months – even years – to walk the vast and often intimidating landscape with an elk tag in hand. When the opportunity finally arises for Rinella, he enthusiastically accepts the challenge. However, he soon discovers finding the right elk is just as difficult as picking a needle out of a haystack. MeatEater airs exclusively on Sportsman Channel Thursday, September 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

After four long years, Rinella is welcomed into Gila National Forest. Gear and elk tag in tow, Rinella backpacks his way through breathtaking mountains in search of an elk worth harvesting. Rinella passes up the first elk he sees with hopes of getting a better opportunity to survey the land and locate the “ideal” elk. While doing so, he discovers the elk are privy to shaded, tree-filled areas. There’s only one problem: the forest is spotted with hundreds of similar pockets of shade. Rinella has a lot of ground to cover in a limited amount of time.

“When you wait four years to be drawn for elk tags in a place like this, it would be easy to get excited and shoot the first elk that you see,” admitted Rinella.  “Personally I think it’s better to hold off. There may not be another chance, but I had a good feeling about this hunt in particular, so I held off on pulling the trigger for anything on the first day of the hunt.”

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 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; Facebook, (; Twitter ( and and YouTube (


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