Thursday, November 17, 2011

Steve Rinella Is A MEAT EATER.
As a big fan of The Wild Within on Travel Chennel, I was a bit caught off guard today when I began to read this letter from Steve Rinella on The Wild Within's FB page. As I read further, I was stoked and even excited for the new stuff coming from him. Here's the letter and I encourage you to follow him on Twitter and on Facebook for updates. I can't wait for the new show!

Dear fans of The Wild Within...
by The Wild Within on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 10:01am

Dear fans of The Wild Within: As some of you have probably figured out by now, Zero Point Zero Production and I are no longer making our show for The Travel Channel. While it was great experience to be working with that network, and while they gave us a lot of room to make the show we wanted to make, we had to part ways. Ultimately that's turned out to be a very good thing, because for the past four or five months I've been working with the same crew to make a show that's better than anything The Wild Within could have dreamed of being. This new show, Meat Eater, will premiere this coming January on Sportsman Channel. It has the same look and feel as The Wild Within, the same non-stop action, the same philosophical approach, but it's even more authentic and gritty and gorgeous. During the creative process of putting the show together, we used the slogan "Killer Hunts, Killer Food" as our rallying cry. And that's exactly what Meat Eater will deliver to you. If you don’t believe me, check out some of these choice new photos that were taken while we filmed.

And it gets even better. When you’re working with a network like Travel Channel, they end up owning all your footage. You might shoot 60 hours of tape on a hunt, which gets pared down to about forty-five minutes in the edit. The rest of that material ends up in a sort of video graveyard, doing no good for anyone. But now, with our new setup at Sportsman Channel, we own our own stuff. It’s ours to be greedy or generous with, whatever we choose. And we’ve chosen generosity. We’re in the process of building an on-line community where we pour out our hearts and souls (and our footage) for anyone who wants to see what’s up. At anytime. So if you’re sitting around in the middle of the night, 1) wondering what to do with the bullfrogs you just speared; 2) wondering how to properly grill a venison loin; 3) wondering which knives are worth the money and which knives aren’t; 4) wondering what next fall’s crop of presidential candidates might mean for hunting; 5) wondering what happened on past episodes or what might happen on future episodes; or 6) just wanting some wild and wooly entertainment, you can come visit the Meat Eater site and satisfy all your curiosities and desires. Or, if you just want a t-shirt with our sweet new logo on it, we might be able to help you with that as well.

Right now, though, before any of that happens, I need you to do me a big favor. I need you to go to the new Meat Eater page on Facebook and get joined up.Since there is no button that says “love it,” you’ll have to settle for the button that says “like it.” Please, do it now. If not, I’ll come to your house and skin you out and stuff you into a backpack. Well…not really.  But you get the point.

Thank you, and good luck out there.  --Steven Rinella.

P.S. If you don’t get Sportsman Channel, don’t worry. We’re going to help you with that as well. 


  1. To say that I am stoked for this would be a massive understatement. I was a huge fan of The Wild Within, but this new show looks even better. Most importantly of all, I am thrilled to hear about the site they are building. I don't have the cable or satellite, and therefore don't have the Sportsman's Channel, but I hope to be able to follow along online.

    Thanks for sharing, Al!

  2. Since there is no button that says “love it,” you’ll have to settle for the button that says “like it.” Please, do it now. If not, I’ll come to your house and skin you out and stuff you into a backpack.

    That is classic!