I just wanted to say a few words about a new show that I caught the first two episodes of. It's called "The Wild Within" and it is on the Travel channel (which, since I don't have cable TV (gasp!) means I have to go the the gym to watch it, a good thing). The host is Steve Rinella, a correspondent for Outside magazine, and it chronicles some of his adventures in procuring food for his family in a wholesome, natural fashion. The premier episode had Steve in southwest Alaska shrimping, crabbing, as well as goose and black tail deer hunting. What really caught my fancy was his eloquent dissertation on why he hunts and why it is ethical. Very well said, and I simply can't do it justice. As soon as I can find the episode online I'll post the video because it is definately "must see TV." I posted a link to the "Wild Within" website on the links list.
That said, the second episode was a bit of a let down. Filmed in the Missouri Breaks in Montana, there just wasn't as much "substance" to it. In addition, after his rant talking about feeding his family wholesome, fair hunt food in the first episode, he donated his kill to the local town (which is a very good thing to do, just not what I was expecting given his point of view in the first episode).
The third episode I will likely watch, but it looks to be even a bit further from the first episode's benchmark. Hunting "wild" (I used quotation marks because they are feral, not truely wild) pigs with dogs and a knife is, in my opinion, not something for the non hunting public to be excited about on TV. It remains to be seen, however, and actually could be a great show.
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