The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s award-winning hunting and fishing TV show, Brotherhood Outdoors, will feature an Illinois waterfowl hunt hosted by cousins Larry Lucco and Dustin Ramage, proud members of Laborers Local 100, at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, March 3 on Sportsman Channel.
Avid waterfowl hunters, the cousins invited Brotherhood Outdoors Co-hosts Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen to Lucco’s hunt club, Keck’s Marsh, for the peak of waterfowl season in Vandalia, IL. Hailing from long lines of union families, Lucco and Ramage were also brought up with strong ties to the great outdoors.
“Waterfowl hunting requires practice, patience and an understanding of waterfowl patterns and habits in different weather conditions,” said Brotherhood Outdoors Co-host Daniel Lee Martin. “Even in the midst of a blizzard, we found all of these things and more during our two day pursuit at Keck’s Marsh.”
Dedicated to their community, Lucco and Ramage have made conservation a priority at the hunt club. In addition to flooded timber and wetlands, the 2,500 acre property also houses a waterfowl sanctuary for the thousands of mallards, snow geese and Canada geese that seek refuge there prior to the long winter months.
“Not only have these guys lived together, worked together and hunted together over the years, they’ve also fought to keep their hunting and outdoor traditions alive through conservation efforts,” said USA Executive Director Fred Myers. “It’s a big part of what these guys do every day; they introduce their kids to the outdoors, they pass down the work ethic of the union, and they continue the tradition of hunting and spending quality time with family and friends.”
Winner of a 2012 Sportsman Choice award, Brotherhood Outdoors awards union sportsmen and women who are committed to preserving North America’s outdoor heritage with a guided trip or the opportunity to show off their guiding skills and local hunting or fishing destinations on national TV.
Presented by Bank of Labor, Brotherhood Outdoors is also sponsored by Employee Benefit Solutions, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, National Electrical Contractors Association, United Association/International Training Fund as well as Buck Knives and Burris/Steiner Optics.
To see what happens when outdoor traditions collide with Mother Nature, tune in to this episode of Brotherhood Outdoors at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, March 3 on Sportsman Channel.
For more information about Brotherhood Outdoors or a complete lineup, visit BrotherhoodOutdoors.tv.
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