Brotherhood Outdoors TV Series to Feature Philadelphia-Area Sheet Metal Worker on Montana Deer Hunt, March 6 on Sportsman Channel.
Franklin, Tenn. – -(Ammoland.com)- The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Brotherhood Outdoors TV series will feature Keith Gilmer, a union sheet metal worker with SMART Local 19 based in Philadelphia, PA, on his first Montana mule deer hunt on Sunday, March 6 at 11 a.m. ET on Sportsman Channel.
A staple in Sportsman Channel’s ‘Red, Wild & Blue’ programming, Brotherhood Outdoors puts American workers in the spotlight as co-hosts Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen take viewers to the homes, communities and job sites of hardworking men and women and into the wild for heart pounding, gut wrenching, unforgettable hunting and fishing adventures across North America.
A longtime avid hunter from Bethel, Pennsylvania, Gilmer has harvested many whitetail deer and turkey in his home state but never had the chance to go on a Western big game hunt. He got his chance when he applied for the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s outdoor TV series, Brotherhood Outdoors, and was chosen to be a guest on a Montana whitetail and mule deer hunt. What would be a dream trip for many hunters was extra special for Gilmer because, 12 years ago, he didn’t know how many more chances he would have to hunt.
“In 2004, I found out that I was headed towards renal failure; my kidneys were shutting down,” Gilmer said. “I wasn’t sure how many more times I would be in my treestand.”
Gilmer met a woman through his community volunteer work who offered to be tested as a potential donor and was a match. She donated a kidney, Gilmer recovered and the two were married in 2013. Now Gilmer treats each day and all those special moments in the woods as a gift.
On November 20, 2015, Gilmer flew to Billings, Montana, and met up with Brotherhood Outdoors co-hosts Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen along with his guide, Dale Denny of BearPaw Outfitters. The hunt kicked off exceptionally well the next day when the group spotted a big whitetail buck at first light. Gilmer’s hunting tag provided the option for a whitetail or mule deer, so passed on the shot to hold out for a mule deer. Gilmer and the crew saw more than 100 deer that day, but Gilmer continued to be patient.
“The second day, we again saw plenty of deer, and just as we were going back to take a lunch break, we spotted some bedded mule deer – five does and one buck. That’s what I was hoping for,” Gilmer said.
When the buck and does got up and headed over the next ridge, the hunters followed. They caught up with the deer just before they crossed over another ridge and headed into a canyon, and Gilmer got in position for a 120-yard shot.
Tune in to Brotherhood Outdoors on Sportsman Channel on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. ET to see if Gilmer makes a successful shot on his first mule deer buck.
Presented by Bank of Labor, Brotherhood Outdoors is also sponsored by the following unions, contractors and corporate partners: Buck Knives, Carhartt, Burris/Steiner, 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, Sqwincher 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 connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Brotherhood Outdoors: Brotherhood Outdoors is a TV series of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance that showcases the talents and passions of everyday American workers as they set out on extraordinary hunting and fishing adventures across North America with co-hosts Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen.Throughout the roller-coaster ride of close encounters, barely misses, trophy catches and perfect shots, viewers get an intimate glimpse into the lives of these inspiring, blue-collar American workers. For season schedule, photos, previews and more, visit www.brotherhoodoutdoors.tv.
About Sportsman Channel: Launched in 2003, Sportsman Channel/Sportsman HD is a television and digital media company fully devoted to honoring a lifestyle that is celebrated by millions of Americans. A division of Outdoor Sportsman Group, Sportsman Channel delivers entertaining and informative programming that showcases outdoor adventure, hunting and fishing, and illustrates it through unique and authentic storytelling. Sportsman Channel embraces the attitude of “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in equal measure. Sportsman Channel reaches more than 36 million U.S. television households. Stay connected to Sportsman Channel online at thesportsmanchannel.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.