MeatEater Seasons 1-7

MeatEater Seasons 1-7

Includes every episode from the first seven seasons of MeatEater. These 101 episodes include Steven Rinella's hunting and fishing adventures across the North American Continent and beyond. From small game to wild turkeys to big game and showcasing everything from dangerous encounters with grizzly bears to wild game meal preparations, MeatEater documents Rinella's deep passion for killer hunts and killer food.

Note: 91 videos total (some videos include multiple episodes)

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MeatEater Seasons 1-7
  • S1-E01: Into the Clouds: Sitka Blacktail Deer

    Steven Rinella wants to hunt where few have hunted before. To gain access to pristine ground, he charters a float plane to drop him high in the Alpine zone of Alaska’s Coastal Rainforest at a little used landing spot. He plans to spend three days alone in the wild hunting for blacktail deer. The...

  • S1-E02: The Sweetest Meat: Alaskan Black Bear

    To find the best-tasting game meat, you have to earn it. As the cold Alaskan winter approaches, bears flock to the high country of Alaska's Chugach Range while feasting on cranberry and blueberry. As summer turns to fall, the bears have exhausted low-elevation fruit and their quest to fatten up ...

  • S1-E03: The Water's Edge: Waterfowl in Alaska

    For a waterfowler's dream hunt, Steven Rinella joins his friend, wildlife biologist Brandt Meixell, on a remote trip to some untouched Alaska wetlands in search of ducks and geese. With a big spread of decoys and a loyal retriever, they try to get their limit and fill their bellies with a constan...

  • S1-E04: The Rugged Peaks: Alaskan Mountain Goat

    Every year, a handful of hunters draw a permit to hunt the Mills Creek region of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Steven Rinella holds one of the permits this year, and he and his brother Danny backpack into the mountains, into country they’ve never seen, in hopes of finding a billy goat. It’s a gruelin...

  • S1-E05: Stalking the Grey Ghost: Arizona Coues Whitetail Deer

    To hunt some of the most elusive game, the predator must become its prey. Steven Rinella drew a tag to hunt the elusive Coues Deer in the stark mountains of southern Arizona, where his spot and stalk skills will be pushed to the limit hunting these tiny, ghostlike deer.

  • S1-E06: The New American Food Chain: Wild Pigs

    On this trip, Steven Rinella travels to the Sacramento Valley in central California in search of a challenge and seriously good food-- wild pigs. 300 years ago Spanish settlers let a handful of pigs loose in order to turn acorns into bacon, and today harvesting a wild pig for food is nexus of wil...

  • S1-E07: Brotherhood, Badlands and Pack Llamas: Montana Mule Deer

    Along with a trio of cantankerous, spit-hurling pack llamas, Steven Rinella, along with his brother Matt Rinella and good friend Matt Moison camp and hunt in the arid and frozen badlands of Eastern Montana for mule deer. Freezing cold temperatures and unforgiving topography add to the already-cha...

  • S1-E08: The Roughest Country: Texas Aoudad Sheep

    Steven Rinella heads into the Texas backcountry after one of the continent's most elusive feral animals -- the Barbary sheep, or Aoudad, of North Africa. For most hunters, just glimpsing one of these animals is a trophy. If Steve is lucky enough to land one of these sheep, he plans to cook them ...

  • S1-E09: Canyon Bottoms and Cookouts: Texas Javelina

    Steven Rinella takes to the thorns and thickets of a West Texas canyon in search of javelina. Smelling the animals is easy, but getting a clear shot with a bow is a whole other story.

  • S1-E10: Big Bucks and Small Game: Whitetail Deer

    Steven Rinella heads to Wisconsin to spend a few days on his buddy’s historical family farm. He will enlist other locals to help him hunt for a big buck or tasty doe in the famed Driftless area.

  • S2-E01: Big Sky, Bigger Birds: Montana Spring Turkey

    Steven Rinella and his brother Matt load up the llamas for a backcountry spring Turkey hunt in Montana’s Powder River Breaks. This rugged terrain is the brothers’ long time stomping ground and they will pack deep into the badlands to get away from people and close to some Toms.

  • S2-E02: The Fair Chase: Arizona Mountain Lion

    On this hunt, Steven Rinella heads into the wilds of southeastern arizona to chase mountain lions. It's hard country and the odds are against him, even with two of the best lion trackers and some of their trustiest dogs on their side.

  • S2-E03: Crossing Borders: Sonoran Desert Bison

    Hunting a powerful living relic from a bygone era, Steven Rinella heads into the mountains of the Sonora Desert on a true, wild, free-ranging buffalo hunt. Steve knows Buffalo, but seeing and stalking these beasts in this dry, stark habitat is a wild experience, very different from anything he’s ...

  • S2-E04: Strange Hunt in a Strange Land: New Zealand Red Stag

    Steven Rinella flies halfway around the world to take on the mystical Red Stag in one of the most beautiful settings in the world—New Zealand’s South Island. Steve learns whether his North American hunting skills will translate for these foreign beasts.

  • S2-E05: Bush Pig: New Zealand Wild Boar

    On this hunt, Steven Rinella is in New Zealand chasing wild boar with a professional pig hunter and two tiny dogs. No gun. No bow. Nothing but two hands and a knife. This is as close range as you can get.

  • S2-E06/07: The Top of the Bottom of the World: New Zealand Tahr Part 1 + 2

    Steven Rinella gears up for a massive climb into New Zealand’s Southern Alps in pursuit of Chamois and Tahr. Guide and friend, Remi Warren, will show Steve the ropes of hunting the high-country of New Zealand’s alpine. The men will travel light and hunt for food as they go, basing out of an alpin...

  • S2-E08: Cooking Special: Giving Thanks

    The Pilgrims didn’t get their turkey at the store and neither does Steven Rinella. On this special Holiday episode Steve cooks three enticing dishes: Wild Turkey Galantine, Smoked Black Bear Ham, and his take on the traditional Mincemeat Pie. Appetites will run large as Steve makes a special meal...

  • S2-E09: True North: Alaska North Slope Caribou

    Steven Rinella and special guest, the author Tim Ferriss, travel to the remotest corner of Alaska to catch the annual migration of the famed Western Arctic caribou herd. On the open tundra they're met with wild adventures....and grizzlies.

  • S2-E10/11: The Greatest Draw: Alaska Dall Sheep Part 1 + 2

    After drawing one of the most coveted big game permits in North America – a Tok Management Area Dall sheep tag – Steven Rinella heads out for a truly rare and epic Alaskan experience. Along with two buddies, Steve is dropped deep into the Tok backcountry. After a rugged hike through nasty weather...

  • S2-E12: Sonoran Superbirds: Mexico Gould's Turkey

    Steven Rinella crosses the border to call in and chase some big Gould’s turkeys. Of the five turkey species in North America, the Gould’s is the largest and is heavily protected in the US. On this unique Mexican adventure, Steve will be hunting with friend and expert Jay Scott, who knows the area...

  • S2-E13: Cooking Special: Wild Game for the Big Game

    With a full freezer from a long and successful fall season, any big sporting event is the perfect opportunity to cook up a pile of game meat and invite over some friends to watch the game. Steven Rinella prepares a collection of killer appetizers from animals harvested on recent MeatEater episode...

  • S3-E01: Straight Flush: Montana Mountain Grouse

    Steven Rinella and his friend Ronny Boehme drive into the mountains of southwest Montana to hunt the high ridge tops for dusky grouse. Ronny’s Bracco Italiano hunting dogs have been bred and trained for this work, but can Ronny handle the altitude?

  • S3-E02/03: Meet the MeatEaters

    The goal on MeatEater has always been to make viewers feel like they’re on a hunt with Steven Rinella, but on this two-part episode Rinella grants his viewers an all-access pass to see just how the MeatEater crew works together to make the show.

  • S3-E04/05: First Timers: Montana Mule Deer featuring Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen

    In this two-part episode, television personality Joe Rogan and his best friend, comedian Bryan Callen, join Steven Rinella on a float trip for mule deer through the rugged Missouri Breaks, hunting and camping along the way. This is as adventurous of a first hunt as anyone could hope for, and Stev...

  • S3-E06: Skunk Pig: Mexico Javelina & Coyote

    While Steven Rinella has had multiple experiences with spot-and-stalk hunting for javelina, in this episode he’s shown an entirely new tactic when his buddy Remi Warren demonstrates how to use a predator call to bring the peccaries in at a full run. The results are surprising. After the hunt, the...

  • S3-E07: Swamp Stew: Michigan Bowfishing

    Steven Rinella returns to his cherished boyhood stomping grounds in Michigan’s Muskegon Marsh to bow-fish for sucker, bowfin, and gar. Along the way, he demonstrates the rich bounty of wild foods that can be found in this freshwater paradise. Featured meals are salt-packed sucker and fried gar.

  • S3-E08: The Wide Open: New Mexico Antelope

    Steven Rinella heads to a friend’s big-country ranch in Northeastern New Mexico to stalk the fastest and most wary big game animal in the US. The Pronghorn Antelope is designed to escape and Steve will need his A-game to get within range of a healthy buck. With impeccable marksmanship, Steve will...

  • S3-E09: Primal Cuts: Bone-In Cooking Special

    In this cooking special, Steven Rinella shows his fans some of his favorite preparations for big, bone-in cuts of red meat. Interspersed with highlights from his recent caribou, buffalo, and mule deer hunts, the show features recipes that utilize some of the most underappreciated parts of big gam...

  • S3-E10: El Venado Blanco: Mexico Coues Deer

    Steven Rinella returns to his favorite hunting grounds of Sonora, Mexico to hunt for Coues deer during the peak rutting season. Steve sets camp in the high country and spends days glassing for these small and elusive deer while his hunting partner, Remi Warren, tries to stalk one with a bow. To c...

  • S3-E11: Clash of the Titans: Northern California Pig & Deer

    In this episode, Steven Rinella joins forces with fellow hunter and cook Hank Shaw in the hills of Central California to go after Columbia Blacktail Deer, Wild Pigs, and a handful of small game species that are in season. The end result is a culinary smorgasbord to cap any hunt, anywhere.

  • S4-E01: Sea Bear: Alaska Spring Bear and Seafood

    Steven Rinella ventures out to his hunting and fishing shack on a remote coastline of southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island. While hunting bears from a skiff and a canoe, Steven gathers a variety of prime seafood and makes a discovery about his own motivations as a bear hunter.

  • S4-E02: Full Boar: Whole Hog Cooking Special

  • S4-E03: Bull By Boat: British Columbia Moose

    Steven Rinella and his buddy Ryan Callaghan float a remote river on a moose hunt that results in some of the most dangerous moments in Steven’s life as a hunter. The two hunters travel far from civilization in a raft to search for the massive moose that call the area home.

  • S4-E04: Local Motion: Montana Bull Elk

    Steven Rinella gets brutalized by bad weather and fierce competition during a late-season central Montana elk hunt. Guided only by waypoints shared by a buddy of his, Steven encounters plenty of elk but is plagued by other hunters at every turn – leaving Steven with a tough, ethical decision that...

  • S4-E05/06 The Northern Rockies: British Columbia Grizzly Part 1 + 2

    This includes two episodes:

    The Northern Rockies: British Columbia Grizzly Part 1
    Steven Rinella and his buddy Ryan Callaghan, a British Columbia guide, hike into the steep backcountry of northern British Columbia in search of grizzlies. This alpine adventure includes some intense and up-clos...

  • S4-E07/08: Opening Day: Wisconsin Whitetail Part 1 + 2

    This includes two episodes:

    Opening Day: Wisconsin Whitetail Part 1
    Steven Rinella and his buddy Doug Duren give comedians Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen their first taste of Midwest deer hunting culture by sitting in freezing ground blinds on opening day in Wisconsin. The biggest challenge isn't...

  • S4-E09: Spring Break: Florida Osceola Turkey

  • S4-E10: Boone & Bugles: Kentucky Bull Elk

  • S4-E11: Cold Water: Alaskan Seafood Cooking Special

  • S4-E12: Big Buck Dreams: Mule Deer Special

  • S4-E13: Surf n Turk: Wisconsin Turkey and Carp

  • S4-E14: The Best Start: Wild Game Breakfast Cooking Special

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but is often overlooked by wild game cooks at home. Following a series of successful hunts across North America this past fall, Steve demonstrates how to cook a variety of breakfast classics using wild game ingredients—including black bear bacon, w...

  • S4-E15: Gila Monster: New Mexico Bull Elk

    After four years of waiting, Steven Rinella draws a coveted, limited-entry public land elk tag and heads into New Mexico’s Gila National Forest on a solo backpack hunt. His biggest challenge here is the vast expanse of hills covered in enough timber to hide an army – demanding lots of glassing an...

  • S4-E16: Hearts of Darkness: Ticker Cooking Special

    While it’s considered a long-standing hunting tradition to eat the heart of your first kill, the heart is otherwise often underutilized in a wild game chef’s repertoire. Using the hearts from a wild boar, mule deer, caribou, moose and elk, Steve shares five of his favorite methods of preparing th...

  • S4-E17/18: Alaska Bear Hunt Part 1 & 2: Double Episode (Featuring Rorke Denver)

    Masters of their respective fields, Steven Rinella will take Navy SEAL Rorke Denver deep into the Alaskan backcountry to hunt black bears in the mighty Alaska Range. After several flights and a long climb up the ridge, the men will trade secrets and look into the differences and similarities betw...

  • S5-E01/02: Yukon Giants: Northern Alaska Moose Parts 1 & 2

    Dumped lakeside on the south side of Alaska’s Brooks Range, Steven Rinella and wildlife biologist Brandt Meixell have ten days of hunting before the plane returns.

  • S5-E03: Deer the Hard Way: Prince of Wales Island (Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen)

  • S5-E04: Burger Extravaganza: Cooking Special

    As the prime cuts are often the first to go, most families are left with a freezer brimming with ground wild game meat. Pulled from the pages of his forthcoming Wild Game Cookbook, Steve shares a variety of recipes from burger to meatloaf and more – designed to whittle down this supply and jazz u...

  • S5-E05/06/07: Welcome to the Jungle: Adventures in Bolivia Parts 1,2 & 3

  • S5-E08: About Time: Helen and Brittany Elk Hunt in Montana

  • S5-E09: Sky Island Solitaire: Backpack Hunting Coues Deer in Arizona

    Steve returns to southern Arizona to stalk one of his favorite quarry the elusive Coues deer. Unaccompanied, Steve immerses himself in the quiet southwest desert and gets intimate with one of the most wary animals in the west. Giant felines threaten the story but Steve stays on course and articu...

  • S5-E10: Ribeye of the Sky: Sandhill Cranes in West Texas

    Steve and fellow bird hunting aficionado Ronny Boehme join up with Wildlife Biologist Ed Arnett in Lubbock, Texas to hunt Sandhill cranes. Though not many people have actually eaten them, the Sandhill crane carries the nickname “rib eye of the sky” because of its supposed similarities to a handso...

  • S5-E11: The Coldest Hunt: Nunivak Island Muskox

    Lightning strikes twice: Steven Rinella has somehow beaten the odds and drawn a second Muskox tag after having to forfeit his first one four years ago due to unforeseen circumstances. Steve’s only regret in life was passing up his opportunity to hunt Muskox. With another tag in his pocket, noth...

  • S5-E12: Gobbling: California Turkeys With Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen

    Last time Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen went out with Steven Rinella they were soaked head to toe and came home meatless. To remedy their meat crisis while keeping them dry, Steve sets up a springtime wild turkey hunt in sunny California. Steve gives Joe and Bryan the A to Z on hunting, butchering, ...

  • S5-E13: Unconventional: Alaska Sooty Grouse Part 1

    In the first part of this series, Steve attempts to hunt Sooty Grouse on his own to marginal success. These mysterious hooters are a hunt that is markedly different from any other.

  • S5-E14: Unconventional: Alaska Sooty Grouse Part 2

    Last week we saw the difficulty of hunting the Sooty grouse of Ketchikan, Alaska. We rejoin Steven Rinella and Barbara in Juneau, AK as they continue to pursue “hooters.” Tromping through Southeast Alaska rainforest, Steve and Barbara discover a mutual fondness for an unconventional hunt. Barbar...

  • S5-E15: Wild to Table: Memorable Meals Cooking Special

    Steve loves to fish as much as he loves to hunt.  Steve is on a river in SW Montana for a day to catch some rainbow trout and cook a few over a fire.  As fishing and campfire cooking offer time for reflection, Steve takes the time to recall a few memorable MeatEater meals.  From caveman style she...

  • S5-E16: Up at the Cabin: Prince of Wales Black Bear With Paul Neess

    Last spring, Steve decided to pass up an opportunity to kill a black bear in favor of an extended up close and personal experience. This year, Steve heads back to his shack on Prince of Wales Island and he’s brought Vortex Optics’ Paul Neess along to share the rush of using a canoe to slip in clo...

  • S6-E01: Southern Traditions, Virginia Doves

    All across America hunters kick off the fall hunting season with a weekend of doves, friends, and food. MeatEater regular Ronnie Boehme has invited Steve out to his digs in Virginia for the dove opener. To prep for opening day, Steve and Ron spend a day brushing up on their shotgun technique on ...

  • S6-E02: Mountain Meditation, British Columbia Grizzly Bear

  • S6-E03: Lobster of the Prairie, Wyoming Antelope

  • S6-E04: Land of Giants, Idaho Mule Deer, Part I

  • S6-E05: The Good Ol' Days, Idaho Mule Deer, Part II

  • S6-E06: Cooking Special: Butchering a Whole Deer

  • S6-E07: Duren Deer Camp, Helen & Brittany Wisconsin Whitetail Part 1

  • S6-E08: Duren Deer Camp, Helen & Brittany Wisconsin Whitetail Part 2

  • S6-E09: Steve Makes the Team, Kentucky Small Game

  • S6-E10: A Trip of Firsts, Mexico Coues Deer and Javelina

  • S6-E11: Lone Star Pork, Texas Hog

  • S6-E12: Trapped in History, Wyoming Beaver

  • S6-E13: Cooking Special: Smoked Meats With Eduardo Garcia

  • S6-E14: Mountain Memories, Montana Bear

  • S6-E15: Living Off the Water, Kentucky Fishing

  • S6-E16: Conservation History, New Mexico Turkey

  • S7-E01: Nevada Mule Deer with Joe Rogan

    Actor and comedian Joe Rogan joins Steve on a bowhunting expedition to the Great Basin of Nevada for skittish quarry: the high desert mule deer.

  • S7-E02: Alaska Moose Part 1

    Steve's friends Janis and Papa Janis join Steve on a moose and caribou hunt in east-central Alaska that's the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

  • S7-E03: Alaska Moose Part 2

    After early success on their moose and caribou hunt in Alaska, wild game has eluded Steve's party, so he and Janis decide it's time to take action.

  • S7-E04: Prince Of Wales: Fishing and Deer

    On Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, Steve and former producer Morgan Fallon go fishing, stalk Sitka blacktailed deer and prepare a delicious feast.

  • S7-E05: Wyoming Sage Grouse

    Steve and his buddy Ronny Boehme head to southeast Wyoming, where they shoot clays with Gov. Matt Mead before heading out on a sage-grouse hunt.

  • S7-E06: Prince of Wales: Sitka Blacktail Deer Part 1

    Steve hunts Sitka blacktails on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska with his friends Ryan and Mark but ends up with a dinner of fried sea cucumbers.

  • S7-E07: Prince of Wales: Sitka Blacktail Deer Part 2

    Steve and his buddies Ryan and Mark have better luck splitting up as they continue their quest for a Sitka blacktailed deer at the start of the rut.

  • S7-E08: Remi And Steve, Elk Hunting Again

    During the cold closing days of elk season, Steve ascends thousands of feet into the Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana seeking a legal bull.

  • S7-E09: Guyana Part 1

    On an angling expedition along the Rewa River in Guyana, Steve and his Macushi guides catch exotic species such as black piranha and vampire fish.

  • S7-E10: Guyana Part 2

    Continuing on his Guyana voyage, Steve, with guides Rovin and Dennis, goes deep for redtail catfish then learns to craft arrows with curassow feathers.

  • S7-E11: Guyana Part 3

    In the fourth and final leg of his Guyana journey, Steve and his party portage their boats around rapids to bow-fish for pacu, an herbivorous piranha.

  • S7-E12: Colorado Mule Deer with Brody Henderson

    In Colorado's White River National Forest, Steve and his friend Brody Henderson chase mule deer through aspen groves then taste-test their harvests.

  • S7-E13: The Hanging Tree: Afognak Island Elk

    Steve and his friend Remi Warren stalk Roosevelt elk on Afognak Island in the Gulf of Alaska but inclement weather proves a significant obstacle.

  • S7-E14: Fortymile Caribou: Part 1

    Along with two buddies from the Midwest, Steve flies into the wilderness of remote east-central Alaska to hunt during the Fortymile caribou migration.

  • S7-E15: Fortymile Caribou: Part 2

    Steve continues his hunt with friends Doug and Mark for Fortymile caribou during the herd's winter migration, culminating in a camp-stove fondue.

  • S7-E16: Wild Game Master Class

    Steve spends an episode in the kitchen demonstrating how to prepare several of his favorite game dishes that include turkey, trout, dove and venison.

  • S7-E17: Idaho Mountain Lion

    Steve heads to the panhandle of Idaho to join wildlife biologist and dedicated houndsman Bart George for a mountain lion hunt. Bruce Dunkin, Bart’s mentor and hunting buddy, joins the crew as they attempt to cut a cat’s track and let the dogs loose for a hunt in the deep timber of the Idaho mount...