Filling the Military Void: Ex-Navy SEAL Rorke Denver Finds His Place Outside

Transitioning from a life of public service and combat to civilian life is difficult for many veterans. But former Navy SEAL Rorke Denver has found a likeness to duty in hunting wild places.

The latest short film from the crew at MeatEater in conjunction with ZPZ Production features a quick watch on the storied CDR Rorke Denver.

Denver’s accomplishments range from his Bronze Star with “V” for valorous action in combat to being an All-American lacrosse player at Syracuse to acting in major films. But still, it’s his many years spent in combat that continue to define his present.

He’s turned to hunting to once again feel the weight of a pack on his shoulders, a gun in hand, and miles to go. But as he says, “The killing is the smallest part of hunting.”

Tune in to this 5-minute video to be inspired by this incredible man.

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Based in Montana, Nicole Qualtieri is GearJunkie's Hunt + Fish Editor. She also serves as a Board Director for Orion the Hunters Insititute, a non-profit promoting fair chase and hunting ethics nationwide. A DIY hunter, she comes from a non-traditional hunting background and began hunting and fishing in her 30s. She's been a voice for hunting, fishing, and conservation since 2014, when she got started working on the television show MeatEater. She's an avid horsewoman, bird dog aficionado, snowboarder, hiker/backpacker, food nerd, and all-around outdoorswoman. Find her online at @nkqualtieri.

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