Steven Rinella is an American outdoor television host, travel writer, and author of five books on hunting and cooking in the wilderness.
Rinella is best known for his appearances as a host on the Sportsman Channel TV series MeatEater.
He was born on February 13, 1974, in Twin Lake, Michigan, USA.
Steven was taught to hunt and fish at an early age by his father. He said:
”My father was a hunter and fisherman.”
Rinella went on to say:
”Most outdoorsmen are like me, in that they get introduced to hunting and fishing by their father.”
Steven has two older brothers, Daniel and Matthew.
His brother Daniel, a freshwater ecologist at the University of Alaska, said about Steven:
“He was always just real comfortable outside, very gung-ho about it.”
At age 8, Rinella already shot his first squirrel.
In December of 1996, he graduated from Grand Valley State University.
During both high school and college, Rinella trapped fur-bearing animals for the commercial markets.
After college, Rinella moved west to Montana to focus on his chosen career. In addition, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana-Missoula. While earning his MFA degree in UM’s Creative Writing Program, he made the outdoors his 2nd classroom.
He is the host of MeatEater, non-fiction outdoors hunting TV series in the US on Netflix.
The series premiered on January 1, 2012. It has completed its 8th season.
The show makes the case that hunters are obligated to be stewards of the land and protectors of their chosen prey species.
MeatEater is based on Steven’s hunting adventures in locations like:
- California (turkey, quail, and wild pigs);
- Wisconsin (rabbit and white-tailed deer);
- Arizona (Coues deer and mountain lion);
- New Zealand (red stag, chamois, and tahr);
- Mexico (buffalo and wild turkey);
- Alaska (black bear, caribou, Dall sheep, mountain goat, and waterfowl);
- Montana (elk and deer);
The show also has its own YouTube channel, with over 345,000 subscribers and more than 44 million views.
So far, Steven has published five books:
- The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook;
- The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine;
- Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter;
- American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon;
- The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game.
The book – ”American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon” was one of The San Francisco Chronicleʼs best 50 non-fiction books of 2008. In addition, it was an Amazon Book of the Month.
Furthermore, the book won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award as well as the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award.
Rinella runs a successful podcast (The MeatEater Podcast) which features his adventures, stories, and tips when hunting.
Steven Rinella is married to Catherine Finch, an American Chief Communication Officer at MeatEater, Inc. The two tied the wedding knot on July 12, 2008, in Fennville, Michigan.
He said about his wife:
“I love hunting and fishing, and I love being married.”
Rinella also said:
”I value her judgment. She’s our family’s leader. Her impulses are right. She’s less selfish than I am.”
Steven wrote in his book, American Buffalo:
”We went to the Seychelles for our honeymoon. Katie knew it as a remote island paradise; I knew it for its fly-fishing.”
The couple has three children.
”I don’t eat anything but wild game. That includes a lot of saltwater and freshwater fish. I’m an avid fisherman.”
”I’m interested in all aspects of hunting and fishing.”
”Hunt early mornings and late evenings during peak rut.”
”My kids are turning into hardcore cottontail rabbit hunting fanatics.”
”I would love to accompany Inuit hunters on a seal or walrus hunt.”
”I’m on the road hunting and fishing more than 50 percent of my time.”
”In college, my roommates and I once ate 4 deer in two months that we killed 8 miles from home on resident hunting licenses. Cost per pound? Peanuts.”
”We ate tons of wild game when I was a kid, but it was not necessarily prepared. It was adventurous food, but not prepared in a very adventurous way.”
”TV is a great way to cover a massive amount of material very quickly.”
”You need to find experienced hunters and ingratiate yourself with them. They will help take years off the learning curve.”
”I almost got pounced on by a bear once.”
He was invited to Joe Rogan Experience.
Rinella has written many stories for numerous national top publications, including:
- American Hunter;
- Petersen’s Hunting;
- Field and Stream;
- the New Yorker;
- O the Oprah Magazine;
- Men’s Journal;
- the New York Times.
His books recommendation are:
”I always recommend: Son of the Morning Star by Evan S Connell, Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez, and Boone by Daniel Morgan.”
MeatEater’s awards are:
- Sportsman Choice Award for Best Small Game Episode for Steve Makes the Team: Kentucky Small Game in 2016;
- Sportsman Choice Award for Best Overall Production in 2014;
- a nomination for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Television Program, On Location in 2013;
- Sportsman Choice Award for Best New Series in 2013.
Steven Rinella – Net Worth
Rinella earns most of his wealth from being the owner of Company MeatEater, Inc. The company has approximately 30 employees. In addition, Steven has a very good income from selling his books. Therefore, Steven Rinella has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million.