New Berlin, WI - (October 19, 2012) - The next installment of the four-part mini-series on New Zealand hunting on MeatEater with Steven Rinella is a tried and true Wild Boar hunt. Rinella will take audiences on a quest through the South Island of New Zealand to hunt Red Stag, Wild Boar and the elusive Himalayan Tahr - and he will prepare a meal from his hunt that same day. The special mini-series continues exclusively on Sportsman Channel this Sunday, October 21 at 9pm ET/PT and continues every Sunday night at 9pm ET/PT through Nov. 4.
Viewers will have a unique opportunity to ask Rinella questions during a live Facebook chat on Sunday, October 21 beginning at 9 pm ET. Viewers can log onto Sportsman Channel's Facebook page (http://facebook.com/sportsmanchannel
) at 9pm ET to ask their questions while simultaneously watching the show.
This New Zealand episode has Rinella taking on something that falls outside of his comfort zone: hunting wild boar with dogs and just a knife as his weapon. Rinella quickly learns to keep a sharp eye and keen ear as he tracks the invasive animals. "It's up close, it's personal, it's very visceral and it's the one kind of hunt that makes me a little uneasy because you are breathing the breath of the animal that you are going to kill," Rinella shares during the show.
Wild boar is an invasive species with no natural predators in New Zealand. They've been on the island since the mid-18th century when Captain Cook brought them over on a voyage to the South Pacific. Since then, they've been referred to as "Cook's Pigs."
Rinella had guidance from Darren Moore, an experienced pig hunter and dog trainer. Moore and Rinella accomplish well the task of keeping an eye on the dogs' GPS signals while interpreting their movements and listening for the sounds of pigs in the forest. The dogs quickly stick on a sow and Rinella moves in during the confusing hustle to cleanly make the kill. But that's not the end of their pig hunting adventures. Soon, Moore and Rinella come across something neither of them ever expected that made Rinella say to the camera, "It's a little bit surreal."
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 recently released book, "MeatEater: Adventures of the Life of an American Hunter." Other books include: "The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine" and the award-winning "American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon." Rinella's writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Glamour, Men's Journal, Outside, New Yorker and more traditional hunting and fishing publications like Field and Stream. He is a columnist for Petersen's HUNTING, has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, CNN's American Morning and Fox News' Fox and Friends.
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