Steven Rinella

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Steven Rinella
Born (1974-02-13) February 13, 1974 (age 46)
OccupationOutdoorsman, television personality, conservationist, writer, and trapper
Spouse(s)Catherine Finch

Steven Rinella (born February 13, 1974) is an American outdoorsman, conservationist, writer, and television personality known for translating the hunting and fishing lifestyle to a wide variety of audiences.

Early life[edit]

Steven Rinella was born in Twin Lake, Michigan on February 13, 1974. He grew up in Twin Lake along with his two older brothers, who were taught to hunt and fish at an early age by their father.[2]




Steven Rinella is the host of MeatEater, a weekly half-hour series that airs on Netflix. The show is based on Rinella's hunting adventures in such locations as Montana (deer, elk); Alaska (waterfowl, mountain goat, Dall sheep, caribou, black bear, moose); Mexico (wild turkey, buffalo); New Zealand (tahr, chamois, red stag); Arizona (mountain lion, Coues deer); Wisconsin (white-tailed deer, rabbit, beaver, muskrat); and California (wild pigs, quail, and turkey.) The show offers a defense of hunting and makes the case that hunters are obligated to be stewards of the land and protectors of their chosen prey species. The episodes include rudimentary food preparations after the hunt. Examples include a deer's heart wrapped in caul fat and roasted over a fire, javelina meat boiled inside the animal's own stomach, and more common preparations. The series premiered on January 1, 2012, and has completed its eighth season.

The Wild Within[edit]

Prior to MeatEater, Rinella hosted The Wild Within, an 8-episode series on the Travel Channel.


  • The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game
  • The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine (2006)
  • American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon (2009)
  • Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter (2013)
  • The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2012, MeatEater was nominated for Sportsman Channel's Sportsman Choice Awards for Best New Series, Best Host, Best Hunting Show and Best Educational Show [3]

A year earlier, The Wild Within was a James Beard Awards finalist for best Television Program, On Location.[4]

American Buffalo won a number of awards, including the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award[5] and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.[6] It was also an Amazon Book of the Month[7] and one of The San Francisco Chronicleʼs best fifty non-fiction books of 2008.[8]


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  2. ^ Rinella, Steven. "Why I'm going to teach my son to hunt". American Hunter. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Releases - Sportsman Channel". Sportsman Channel. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Here Are the 2012 James Beard Awards Finalists". Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2012-12-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-10-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ "The 50 best nonfiction books of 2008". Retrieved 31 December 2017.

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