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Eastern Montanan's roots prepared Dunning for conservation films


February 6, 2020

Dawson Dunning, 2001 PRCDHS Class Valedictorian, films a herd of bison in the picture above. Dunning's camera work has been featured on BBC and Smithsonian Channel. (Photo courtesy Kathryn Dunning, 3 Bears Media and Brett French, Billings Gazette)

Courtesy of Brett French, Billings Gazette

Growing up on a ranch in rural southeastern Montana provided Dawson Dunning with an important key to a career in filming wildlife - a sharp-tailed grouse mating ground near the ranch dump.

It was on the ranch in 2011, with the help of his mother operating a camera crane, that he shot close-up footage of male grouse strutting and fighting in shallow spring snow.

"They got so used to me there were no worries about spooking them," Dawson said, allowing him to get shots from several angles without the use of a blind. "It was a pretty neat experience to...

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