This Week on MeatEater on Sportsman Channel: A Wide Open Antelope Hunt

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New Berlin, Wis. –-( This week on MeatEater, Steven Rinella embarks on another intense hunt in the late summer heat of New Mexico to spot and stalk antelope – or the American pronghorn.

He’s not alone on this journey; joining him in the 100-degree heat is a good friend who’s offered his private ranch in the Cimarron Basin. It’s prime rut time, but the antelope are also the second fastest land animal in North America – so will Rinella and his buddy get their chance in New Mexico’s wide open spaces? Tune in to MeatEater, exclusively on Sportsman Channel, this Sunday, October 20 at 9 pm ET/PT.

Rinella trades wintry, mountainous terrain for the hot, wide-open desert—making for a challenging spot and stalk hunt. Believing the hunters to be a possible herd of females, the bucks approach them from off in the distance. “We don’t want to spook him, because if we do, he will flare the hairs on his rump as a warning, which also releases a pheromone to other antelope in the area,” explained Rinella. “And this is going to sound weird, but they kind of smell like corn chips.”

Rinella said he isn’t used to antelope bucks acting this way in the wild.

“I always take pride in doing public land hunts, but I couldn’t pass up on the chance to hunt on private land where the antelope act like antelope,” said Rinella. “Without pressure from other hunters, they were approaching us and I just couldn’t believe it.”

Viewers will have to tune in to see if Rinella and his buddy get a chance at their antelope. And if they’re so lucky, they’ll try out an old family recipe for Red Chili Antelope Tacos handed down from generation to generation.

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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 such as Field and Stream and Petersen’s Hunting.

About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel, and Sportsman HD, is the only television and digital media company fully devoted to sportsmen and sportswomen in the United States, delivering entertaining and educational programming focused exclusively on hunting, shooting and fishing activities. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 32 million U.S. television households. Visit, follow on Twitter, @SportsmanPR ( and Like on Facebook,