The program opens with bow hunter Anita Zelenka from rural Watson, Minn., who started daily archery practice five years ago to enjoy the outdoors with her husband and sons. The Prairie Sportsman crew follows Zelenka as she goes wild turkey hunting and recounts her experience shooting a 160-pound buck.
Next it’s outdoors with the Haltermans -- four generations of bow hunters -- as they prepare to hunt deer on their land near Montevideo, Minn. The patriarch, 85-year-old Richard Halterman Sr. of Willmar, started bow hunting in the 1960s and still enjoys the tranquility of the sport and time spent with family.
For the first segment featuring local artists, host Bret Amundson, interviews bowmaker and scrimshaw artist Doug Pederson and his son Brook, a woodcarver. They operate a tree trimming service out of Montevideo and work on their crafts during the winter months.
The previously aired Prairie Sportsman 2017 series premiere, a live town hall meeting at the Black Box Theatre at the University of Minnesota Morris, can be viewed at http://video.pioneer.org/video/2365944587.
About Prairie Sportsman
Prairie Sportsman celebrates our love of the outdoors – to hunt, fish and enjoy recreation provided by our vast resources of lakes, rivers, trails and grasslands. The program’s mission is to encourage more families to become environmental stewards as they enjoy the natural world.
Prairie Sportsman is produced by Cindy Dorn and filmed and edited by Dan Balluff. The 2017 season is made possible by funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, Ice Castle Fish Houses Manufacturing and Live Wide Open.