Steven Rinella is a name to reckon with, a charismatic student who grew up to become a big-time hunter, wildlife crusader, author, and reality TV star. Courtesy’s never-ending appetite for everything wild has led him to create a behemoth empire that focuses on delving deep into stories that are interlaced with his hunting pursuits.
A modern-day hunter-gatherer whose zest for the outdoors has catapulted him to fame and how. This article gives a lowdown on Steven Rinella’s life, upbringing to major career milestones.
About Steven Rinella
Steven Rinella is an adventurer who helms one of the longest-running shows on Netflix named the “MeatEater”. Spanning over a decade since the lifestyle concept of fishing and hunting hit the screens, it has gained immense popularity. A protector of the wild, Steven has donned many hats in his lifetime from hosting his show on a travel channel as “The Wild Within” to running his own “MeatEater” podcast.
Early Life and Family
Late Frank J. Rinella & Rosemary Johnson’s youngest son is Steven Rinella who was born in Twin Lake in Michigan in the year 1974. A part of his daily routine had been activities that included hunting & fishing. Being as young as three, Steven knew how to fish, hunted squirrels at 7, and trapped raccoons when he was 10.
Steven pursued graduation from the University of Grand Valley State located in Allendale, Michigan. While he opted for a Fine Arts in Creative Writing as a master’s degree from Montana University. Steven married Catherine Katie Finch of New York on the 12th of July in 2008 having fallen head over heels for her. They both are now doting parents to a girl and two boys.
His Career and Major Milestones
Rinella’s claim to fame began in 2008 with a book release. The book was named the “American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon”. The book documented his escapades in Alaska following the hunting of a buffalo. One that made him win the esteemed Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Since then, he has written six books which include two cookbooks on the wild game that have altogether sold over 725,000 copies. His popular Netflix show “MeatEater” saw the release of the ninth season this September.
Steven’s website features merchandise that includes branded cutting boards bearing the MeatEater logo to camo jackets. Steven’s podcast features high on the sports podcast charts.
A Few Things You Didn’t Know About Steven Rinella
- Rinella’s firsts in hunting came when he was 13 and hunted a deer. One he still remembers due to the heart’s rich taste that was flavored with onions.
- Rinella’s career exploits have made him go around the world from South America, Hawaii, Vietnam for filming TV episodes to the Philippines in search of an unexplored river for an Outside magazine assignment.
- Rinella wanted to be a professional trapper and never thought of taking up hunting till he was twenty.
Steven employs 30 people for his company MeatEater Inc over and above his side ventures and stunts for TV and his own Netflix series and podcast. Steven has his own YouTube channel that has a whopping 712,000 subscribers. His net worth is estimated to be around 3 to 4 million dollars.