Jeff Braun, of Hawesville pursues ringnecks across the plains of South Dakota on an episode of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) Brotherhood Outdoors television series.

USA-2 UAW member Jeff Braun takes aim at South Dakota pheasants on an upcoming episode of Brotherhood Outdoors television.

Diehard dogman, upland gunner and conservationist Jeff Braun pursues ringnecks across the plains of South Dakota on an episode of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) Brotherhood Outdoors television series airing the week of September 30th, 2019 on the Sportsman Channel.

Braun, of Hawesville, Kentucky, heads to the prairie outside Draper with four-legged hunting partners Swale, Lure and Ruffian in tow. The late-season hunt is marked by snow, cold and wild-flushing pheasants as he and USA Public Relations Manager Dan Johnson tramp miles of frozen fields and cattail sloughs.

A member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 3044, Braun has been training and field trialing bird dogs for 15 years. It’s a passion that took hold after purchasing his first dog, a 3-year-old shorthair, years ago.

For Jeff, a hunt’s success isn’t measured by the number of birds put into in the air or onto the ground, but by the experience of working cover with his dogs and seeing their excitement at the scent or sight of a gamebird,” explained Johnson. “His complete devotion to his hunting dogs, in terms of care, commitment and compassion, is amazing. In fact, one of the trip’s high points was watching his 5-month-old pup Ruffian point her first wild ringneck.”

Brotherhood Outdoors viewers also get a glimpse of the Kentucky Auto Worker in his home environment, upholding the union spirit of giving back to the community.

He’s a shining example of the countless American labor union workers who volunteer their time and talents,” said Johnson, a proud past UAW member. “Not only is Jeff extremely active in wildlife conservation projects and youth outreach events, he also helped organize his UAW local to improve the job security and working conditions of his coworkers—then served as union secretary and was a member of the first contract negotiation team. It was an honor to get to know Jeff on this trip.

Join Braun's quest for Dakota cackle-rockets when his episode airs on the Sportsman Channel Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 2019 at 3 p.m., or re-airs on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Saturday at 12:30 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5th, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Produced by Rusted Rooster Media, Brotherhood Outdoors invites hardworking and deserving union members on fishing or hunting adventures of a lifetime. Throughout the season, viewers can tag along with guests in pursuit of black bears on Vancouver Island, permit and bonefish in Mexico, waterfowl and whitetails in Saskatchewan and more.

We are so proud of you and wish you the best!

USA-1 UAW member Jeff Braun takes aim at South Dakota pheasants on an upcoming episode of Brotherhood Outdoors television.