Meet Travel Channel Host, Hunter & Heights Rez Steven Rinella

Brooklyn Heights resident Steven Rinella may be an urban dweller, but by trade, he’s a hunter. The former host of Travel Channel’s adventure & food show “The Wild Within,” spends 150 days per year traveling the world, hunting Dall sheep in Alaska and Himalayan tahr in New Zealand, among countless other varieties. The rest of the year, he and his family foster much of their sustenance from the exotic game he keeps in the freezer.

In a meaty profile in The Brooklyn Paper, Rinella reveals what’s in his freezer now: “Just a moment before we talked, I was integrating some caribou into the freezer. In another, we have wild turkey and black bear (and) some Himalayan tahr, shanny meat, javelina, whitetail deer and mule deer blended together in a grind, some more caribou and a couple of pieces of fish. And my brother raised some lambs so I’ve got a leg of lamb.”

He adds, “The hunters I know and admire are students of natural history. They are careful practitioners who spend a lot of time preparing and training with their tools and their weapons. They eat their game, and they do it for reasons of cultural continuity or to be closer to their food.”

Rinella will discuss his new book “Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter,” at Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore on September 5 at 7:30 p.m. Address: 686 Fulton St. between S. Eliot Place and S. Fulton Street, 718-246–0200, He has also authored “American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon” and “The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine.”

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  • GHB

    You live in Brooklyn… you don’t need to kill for sustenance! What an a-hole!

  • Ming 001

    I think folks should read the interview and perhaps even watch one episode of his show. He’s not a GOP/ Dick Cheney hunter. Steven Rinella is a conscientious person who happens to hunt, kill, clean and store and cook his own meat. He probably spends more money, time and effort on his meat than most of us do.

    And I bet he appreciates his food a whole lot more than we do as well.

  • HenryLoL

    It gets worse in this blog everyday. Just what does the GOP have to do with ANYTHING here? I know many many hunters — all of whom are democrats and voted for Barry.

  • Willowtowncop

    I agree with GHB – and I’m a Republican. People don’t “happen to” do anything – they choose to.

  • Mr. Crusty

    He doesn’t hunt because he has to, or because he wants to be “closer to his food”, he hunts because he enjoys hunting. Who are we kidding? I don’t care if he “cleans, stores and eats all his own meat” or not, I find that somewhat reprehensible.

  • davoyager

    I don’t know about Himalayan tahr but here in the northeast we are being over run with white tailed deer and wild turkey which had been almost extinct are so plentiful that like Canada geese have become a nuisance. The truth is this is because we (humans) have killed off all the other top predators and so we have to step up and control their populations and keep the species strong. And while I personally am a vegetarian, I see that while there is hunger in the world this food source should not be overlooked. There may come a day when all the 25 billion strong human population say around 2100 will have no protean sources other than bugs so eat up while you can humans.

  • Topham Beauclerk

    “They eat their game…for reasons of cultural continuity…”

    He’s what the Heights needs – another humorless pseud.

  • bklyn20

    Of course he wants to be closer to his food — it makes for an easier target.