Bret with Tiny and Mika

Bret Amundson is a digital content creator, photographer, and videographer who hosts Prairie Sportsman TV (12 stations, 7 states, 600+ airings per year on PBS) and Sporting Journal Radio and Podcast (30 stations, plus video podcast on YouTube).

“Just a guy who likes to hunt, fish, tell stories and carry a camera. I live on the western Minnesota prairie with my two labs, Mika and Tiny, who constantly remind me to quit working and go hunting.” – Bret Amundson.

Bret grew up in Minnesota, but spent most weekends at a cabin in northwest Wisconsin. After deciding on a career in radio, he spent some time in Fargo and fell in love with the open landscape, filled with prairie potholes and flushing pheasants.

In 2012 he made the switch to the outdoor side of the media industry and hasn’t looked back. Today he owns his own business and operates a successful content creation company that offers a full line of professional media content.

Who else has a merganser next to their emmy?

Bret was nominated once again for an Upper Midwest Emmy in 2022, after being awarded one in 2020 and also being nominated in 2018, 2019 and 2021 for hosting the popular outdoor show Prairie Sportsman that airs over 600 times per year on PBS in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Wyoming. Watch episodes here. 

Prairie Sportsman was nominated for a record 10 Upper Midwest Emmys in 2022 after receiving 9 Upper Midwest nominations in 2021.

He also owns and hosts Sporting Journal Radio, heard on 30 stations across the midwest, and available to watch across social media platforms.

During his free time, he guides waterfowl hunts with Mid Migration Outfitters. and hosts and produces “Tazin TV” from Tazin Lake Lodge in northwest Saskatchewan.

As a member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, he and Dan Amundson combined to win 14 awards at the 2022 conference and 11 awards at the 2021 Annual conference, including “Best in Show” for his Kettle River Rafting episode of Prairie Sportsman. Recently was host of Northland Outdoors TV and Radio and provided stories and photos for Northland Outdoors Magazine and Website. His articles could also be found on the Forum Communications Network of Newspapers.

Bret Amundson holds his “Best in Show” award at the 2021 AGLOW Conference with other winners from Minnesota. L-R: Scott Mackenthun, Joe Henry, Amundson, Roy Heilman, Joel Nelson.

Prior to that, he was publisher of Minnesota Sporting Journal Magazine and host of Minnesota Sporting Journal Radio Show.  He is a broadcast veteran who has worked at various radio stations in Fargo, Minneapolis, and more. A scholarship winner to the broadcasting school Brown Institute, Bret started his first radio job just 5 months out of high school, while still at Brown.

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