The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) national outdoor TV series, Brotherhood Outdoors, takes Wess Ringgold, and his son Josh Ringgold, both of Maryland, on an Iowa pheasant hunt, Sunday, March 16, at 11 a.m. ET, on the Sportsman Channel. The episode takes viewers on an eventful, exciting trip to Iowa’s historical and charming Hole N the Wall Lodge on a pheasant hunt, at the height of the season. The show is a collection of firsts for the father, son hunting duo. It’s their first time hunting pheasants together, Josh’s first time on an airplane and it’s the first time either of them has experience being on-camera in the middle of a TV show production.
“I’ve been applying for a guest spot on this TV show since USA asked for applications,” said Wess, a retired member of UA Local 602 who lives in La Plata, Maryland.
As they join Wess and Josh their three-day adventure, viewers will enjoy scenic views of amazing landscapes, the sight of first snow on the ground at dawn and the thrill of birds flying and the dogs in action, retrieving the day’s harvest. “There were cameras on our guns, our chests and a photographer was with us at all times,” Wess said, adding that he was struck by the realization of what it takes to film a television program.
Wess’ appreciation of the outdoors started early.
“I grew up in a family that spent much of the time in the outdoors camping, traveling, shooting, hunting and fishing,” said Wess, adding that he tried to bring up his kids in the same way.
“I’m glad that Josh enjoys the outdoors as much as I do,” he said. “This was the hunt of a lifetime that I will always remember, and I know Josh will too.”
Tune in to Brotherhood Outdoors Sunday, March 16, at 11 a.m. ET, on the Sportsman Channel.
Brotherhood Outdoors, winner of “Best Combination Show” in the 2011 Sportsman Choice Awards, rewards 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 the following unions, contractors and corporate partners: Buck Knives, Carhartt, Employee Benefit Systems, 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, ULLICO and United Association/International Training Fund.
About the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is a union-dedicated, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose members hunt, fish, shoot and volunteer their skills for conservation. The USA is uniting the union community through conservation to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage. For more information, visit www.unionsportsmen.org or www.facebook.com/unionsportsmen.
About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel, and Sportsman HD, is the only television and digital media company fully devoted to sportsmen in the United States, delivering entertaining and educational programming focused exclusively on hunting, shooting and fishing activities. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 32 million U.S. television households and is available in HD. Visit www.thesportsmanchannel.com, follow on Twitter, @SPORTSMANchnl (twitter.com/SPORTSMANchnl) and Like on Facebook, facebook.com/sportsmanchannel
- Captions to go with attached images: Wess Ringgold and son Josh Ringgold share appreciation for the outdoors and value of union membership in the March 16 episode of Brotherhood Outdoors.
- Union firefighter Josh Ringgold and his Dad Wess, a retired member of UA Local 602, take a break from the filming with USA’s Brotherhood Outdoors co-hosts, Julie McQueen and Daniel Lee Martin. The Maryland father and son are the featured guest hunters in the upcoming March 16 episode of the program.