Host of The Sportsman Channel’s ‘MeatEater’ has Michigan Roots

Acclaimed television host, author and outdoor writer Steven Rinella has endorsed the Michigan petition to protect hunting rights, provide free military licenses and fight Asian carp. Rinella, who is from Michigan, released a statement urging his fans to sign the petition, which is being circulated by a coalition of Michigan-based conservation, hunting, fishing and trapping organizations called Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management.

“If you want to protect your state’s hunting, fishing, and trapping rights, you need to sign the petition for The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act,” he said in the statement. “Basically, the Act will ensure that decisions about hunting and fishing laws are made by trained wildlife professionals who rely on science-based management strategies rather than emotion-based dogma. Don’t be lazy! You need to get on board with this.”

Rinella hosts “MeatEater” on the Sportsman Channel, which focuses on hunting adventures and wild game cuisine. He is also the former host of “The Wild Within,” which aired on The Travel Channel, and the author of three books, “Meat Eater: Adventures From The Life Of An American Hunter,” “American Buffalo,” and “The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine,” as well as numerous articles for publications including The New Yorker, Outside Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Field & Stream, The New York Times, Glamour and Peterson’s Hunting. He grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan, near Muskegon.

“We can’t thank Steven Rinella enough for speaking up for hunting rights in his home state. He’s always promoted ethical hunting and trapping and wisely using natural resources, especially with delicious wild game recipes,” said Drew YoungeDyke, spokesman for Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management (CPWM). “He’s brought a whole new locavore generation to the outdoors, but the future of that movement is in jeopardy if anti-hunters like the Humane Society of the United States continue to attack our rights to hunt, fish and trap.”

CPWM needs over 258,000 valid signatures by the end of May to place the initiative before the Legislature. If they pass it within 40 days, it would become law. The initiative protects the authority of the Natural Resources Commission to name game species and issue fisheries orders using sound science, provides free military licenses, and creates a $1 million emergency response fund for aquatic invasive species, like Asian carp. More information can be found at and petitions can be requested by emailing

Logo courtesy Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management

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