ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its first season on 7/27/14; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION: (from History's press release, May 2014) Twice a year, on the rugged island of Kodiak, Alaska, a select group of hunters head into the wilderness for the ultimate test against the elements and the largest land predator on Earth - the Kodiak brown bear. Narrated by James Hetfield, the voice of Metallica, THE HUNT, is an eight- episode series that documents one of the most dangerous pursuits known to man. Series premieres Sunday, June 8 at 10PM ET/PT. Bear hunting on Kodiak goes back millennia, tracing back to the early Alutiiq people who sought these enormous creatures to provide food and raw materials. Today, the bear hunt remains a cultural fixture on Kodiak and is crucial to the delicate natural balance on the island. Strictly regulated by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, every year thousands of hunters apply for one of 496 tags that are given via a lottery system. While Alaskan residents may hunt by themselves, outsiders must hire seasoned guides who are experts in both the Kodiak brown bear and the island terrain. At the root of their craft, these guides have a profound reverence for this animal.