Steven Rinella on Hunting (And Why You Should Care), Reconnecting with Nature, Favorite Trips, and More (#470)

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Ask yourself, when you turn on your faucet and water comes out, where did that water originate from? Did it fall as snow, rain? Where was it gathered? Is it from an aquifer? What feeds the aquifer? Ask yourself, when it goes down the drain, what is its course to where it hits the ocean?
— Steven Rinella

Steven Rinella (@MeatEater, @StevenRinella) is the host of the Netflix Originals series MeatEater and The MeatEater Podcast. Hes likewise the author of 7 books handling wildlife, preservation, hunting, fishing, and wild foods, consisting of the forthcoming The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival, coming out on December 1st, 2020.

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Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell, Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez, and Boone by Daniel Morgan: why do these titles leading Stevens list of book suggestions?
Acknowledging the ravaging damage American hunters have historically wreaked on animal populations in the past– like the once-ubiquitous North American bison.
When Stevens strategy A– to become an expert trapper– didnt quite work out as a profession, he needed to go with strategy B: writer. What was his first piece that offered, and why is he still mad about another pieces title even 20 years later on?
Was Steven constantly an able writer, or was it something he gradually developed when he considered it as his plan B?
What would Stevens approach appearance like if he were to teach a college-level composing class?
What authors craft work of such unbelievable quality that they inspire an experience of envy in Steven?
With more than 100 episodes of MeatEater under his belt and the travel adventures that made them possible, are there any that stand apart as favorites to Steven?
In what methods have Stevens travels broadened his awareness?
What would Steven recommend to someone looking for reconnection, engagement, and kinship with nature?
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The Anti-Hunters First Hunt: How Steven and I initially satisfied, and what he and his encyclopedic knowledge did to help me overcome a lifetime of unfavorable association with hunting and hunters.
Though he admittedly would have fit my negative stereotype of hunters when he was growing up in the Midwest, how did Steven make the transition into a more diligent hunter-conservationist?
Why Steven finds the decline in searching and fishing license sales in the United States uneasy– and why even nature enthusiasts who arent comfortable with the concept of searching and fishing should share his issues.
For those in the back, what does “extirpate” indicate from a preservation point of view?
What is the role of hunters in guaranteeing prey species stay abundant, and how do hunters tend to feel about the reintroduction of predator species (like wolves and bears) to environments from which theyve been extirpated?
The issue with conservation efforts that end up being excessively politicized.
That time Steven and I were gone to by a hungry grizzly bear while caribou hunting in Alaska, and a rundown of some of the other grisly, less cinematic fates faced by individuals in the wilderness.

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