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“Shooting Without Shells” coming up on Prairie Sportsman

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Wood duck-photo credit: Wildlife photographer Steve Oehlenschlager

Download a photo of a Wood duck-photo credit: Wildlife photographer Steve Oehlenschlager.

GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Wildlife photographer Steve Oehlenschlager, who raises upland game species as a hobby, and lake aeration systems will be featured on Prairie Sportsman. “Shooting Without Shells” will air on Pioneer PBS Sunday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.; WDSE Saturday, May 9, 4 p.m.; tptLife Saturday, May 16, 12:30 p.m.; Lakeland PBS Saturday, June 6, 2:30 p.m.; and KSMQ Thursday, June 25, 7:30 p.m. It will also be broadcast on the MN Channel, which airs on all Minnesota PBS stations, Thursday, May 21 at midnight, 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Wildlife photographer Steve Oehlenschlager’s images have been featured on magazine covers from Outdoor Life to Pheasants Forever. He spends countless hours in the field capturing images of nature and ways humans interact with the outdoors. But his enjoyment of wild birds isn't limited to photography as his backyard features a menagerie of prairie chickens, ruffed and spruce grouse, pheasants and hungarian partridge.

Then Prairie Sportsman checks out lake aeration systems in southwest Minnesota. When lakes freeze, they lose oxygen, which can lead to winter kill of fish and aquatic plants. Installing aeration systems in shallow lakes to prevent winter kill has been popular since the 1970s. However, they pose safety hazards, aren’t always effective and many are being phased out.

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 – while promoting environmental stewardship.

About Prairie Sportsman

Prairie Sportsman’s team includes Cindy Dorn, producer/writer; Bret Amundson, host/editor; Dylan Curfman, editor/videographer and Max Grabow, assistant videographer/editor. The 2020 season is made possible by funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, SafeBasements of Minnesota, GrandStay Hospitality, Diamond Willow, Live Wide Open and Western Minnesota Prairie Waters.

About Pioneer PBS

Established in 1966, Pioneer PBS is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information visit