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Union Sportsmen’s JOURNAL

The official publication of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance WINTER 2009 Volume 1, Issue 1


COLD GOOSE Last-chance waterfowling is a winter passion

5 North To Adventure For USW Member Dedicated dad earns trip with Escape to the Wild TV.

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ach New Year, we make difficult resolutions like dropping a few pounds or using that gym membership. This year, make a resolution you can stick to, like spending more time fishing with your family, getting more scouting in before the season or taking time to slow down and enjoy the outdoors. We have set a resolution for 2009 as well – to continue to build this unique club, while enhancing the value of a Union Sportsmen’s Alliance membership and creating a sense of community among USA members. With your support, we know we can achieve this goal. The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is your club, after all, so it should deliver the benefits and services that you want and need. Our door is always open at the USA, and we hope to hear from you in 2009. That’s why we are excited to launch The Union Sportsmen’s Journal to provide you with entertaining and useful outdoor information, help you connect with fellow union hunters and anglers, and give you an avenue to provide input and help shape this club. You’re holding the first-ever issue of this publication right now. We really hope you enjoy it. I encourage you to take part in the USA community by sharing your hunting and fishing stories, photos, recipes, tips or providing feedback on what will make this publication and the USA a greater value to you. While our view at the start of a new year tends to be toward the future, I think it’s important to also take a moment to reflect on the past 18 months and how far the USA has come. Since we first opened our doors, the USA has grown to more than 8,000 members and awarded more than $85,000 in prizes to union hunters and anglers across the country. We couldn’t have done it without you. Your support, passion and enthusiasm is taking wing, and word is spreading about North American’s only hunting and fishing club exclusively for union members, retirees and their families. The USA has a lot in store for 2009, and I have no doubt we will all be impressed when we look back once again in 2010.

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What Would Teddy Do? That’s a question we should all be asking ourselves


f Theodore Roosevelt were alive today, what would he do in the face of our most challenging conservation issues affecting our opportunities to hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors? This is a critical question for 2009, which is likely to be one of the most important years in recent memory for government decisions affecting the resources we care about most. As a diverse coalition of hunting, fishing and conservation groups, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) is uniquely positioned in this time of transition to achieve important government policy changes for those who cherish our outdoor heritage. That is why, in honor of the 150th birthday of Theodore Roosevelt last October, the TRCP attempted to answer the question – What would Teddy do? – by creating a unique pocket guide to conservation policy. Teddy’s Pocket Guide approaches nine

conservation policy issues, from wetlands protection to energy development to climate change, through Theodore Roosevelt’s spectacles. The issues included in Teddy’s Pocket Guide will serve as the subjects to be covered in the 150-Day Conservation Report Card to be released by the TRCP later this year. The report card will honor T.R’s spirit by grading the new Congress and presidential administration on how well they adhere to the highest standards of stewardship of our shared fish and wildlife resources. “Be they Democrat or Republican, history should fondly remember the leaders who strive to conserve,” said TRCP Chairman James D. Range. “Whatever their party affiliation, we hope our new leaders will want to be remembered in the same way Teddy is remembered. And we hope this guide will help show them the way.” To request a copy of Teddy’s Pocket Guide: e-mail or call 615-831-6751.

As a member of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, you are also a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Learn how you can lend your voice, as a union sportsman or sportswoman, to the TRCP’s efforts to preserve our outdoor heritage for future generations at The Union Sportsmen’s Journal is the official publication of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. The Journal is published quarterly and is available exclusively to USA Members. Executive Director Fred Myers, Deputy Director Mike d’Oliveira, Senior Communications Manager Kate Cywinski, Membership Services & Recruitment Manager Amy Napoli, ProStaff National Coordinator Nate Whiteman, Membership questions: 877-872-2211 or 615-831-6779



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Cold Goose

Abundant populations of Canada geese have led to extended seasons. Here’s how to hunt them. By Mark Romanack


flight of giant Canada geese bellowing out an excited burst of honks, moans and chuckles carries through the frigid January air like a sonic boom. Bowed up at 100 yards, these birds look as big as a flight of B-52 bombers. As dramatic as this sight is, having the birds interested at 100 yards and totally committed at 25 yards are two different things. Anyone can get geese to take a look at their decoy rig, but finishing lateseason birds to the point that their feet are dangling and you can see their eyes blink is one of the greatest challenges in waterfowl hunting.

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING “Half of what it takes to be successful at late-season Canada geese is being underneath the birds,” says Scott Threinen one of the nation’s top goose calling authorities, hunting guides and veteran late-season enthusiast. “The other half of success is hiding from birds that have seen it all and survived.” Threinen, who produced a two-CD set on goose calling methods has made a career out of doing things a little differently. Threinen’s attitude towards goose hunting takes the sport in a fresh direction. “The last thing I want when I’m goose hunting is for my rig to look like everyone else’s,” says Threinen. “I don’t want to blow the same notes on a goose call the birds hear from every other hunter. I’m convinced that to consistently fool local birds, you’ve got to do things that set you apart from hunting standards the birds have learned to detect and fear.”

HUNT THEIR WEAKNESS “Late-season birds are challenging, but hunters enjoy two key advantages,” says Threinen. “First and foremost, the hunting pressure these birds have felt all fall is softening. Comparatively speaking, only a handful of hunters target geese during the late season. Less

hunting pressure causes the birds to be less edgy.” During the winter, geese are literally prisoners to their food sources. “Food is survival to these birds,” states Threinen. “In cold weather, a goose doesn’t have the luxury of flying long distances to locate food. Long flights and cold weather burn up so much energy, the birds are forced to find food relatively close to their water roost site. This narrows down the search and makes it easier to predict which fields will attract birds.” Two primary food sources make up the majority of the winter diet of Canada geese. “Corn is the top food of geese simply because it’s abundant, provides lots of food energy and the birds can fill up on this waste grain very quickly,” explains Threinen. “The second food source that attracts geese is grass.”

CHANGES IN BEHAVIOR In the winter, the behaviors of geese change. Instead of making both a morning and afternoon feeding flight, the birds are likely to stay on the roost later in the morning and make one midday feeding flight. “The colder it is, the more likely geese will leave the roost late,” adds Threinen. “Generally the birds favor flying during the warmest part of the day to conserve energy.” Geese during the winter also become less vocal than during the fall. “Geese still call, but it’s common for the birds to fly almost completely silent until just before they put down,” explains Threinen. “A big part of why geese call so much is because of competition for food from other geese. In the winter, competition from migrating strains of Canada geese is less, allowing the birds the luxury of being a little less vocal.”

CONCEALMENT CRITICAL As stated earlier, hiding from the birds is a huge part of late-season hunting success. “When snow is on the ground, hiding

from geese becomes more difficult than most hunters realize,” warns Threinen. “Hunters who don’t hunt often in the snow think that a blanket of white makes it easier to hide. Make no mistake, no matter what you do, matching the exact color and hue of snow is nearly impossible. Snow is pure white and it’s always tough to hide in an environment that is dominated by one color.” The problems associated with hunting in snow are many. Both vehicle and boot tracks on an otherwise undisturbed field are a dead giveaway to geese that something isn’t right. “If I’m hunting in a snow-covered field, I’ll carry all my decoys and gear into the field rather than drive the vehicle into the field,” cautions Threinen. “I have everyone on the hunt walk on the same path when hauling gear to keep the disturbance to a minimum.”

DECOY SETS “I generally use less decoys in the winter than during the fall,” says Threinen. “The primary reason is because the more decoys you have to haul around the more tracks you’re leaving behind and the less natural the landscape looks when the rig is complete.” A spread of about 60 decoys is ideal for most winter hunting situations. Threinen favors a spread made up

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primarily of silhouette decoys for winter hunting because they are easy to carry, they don’t show frost as bad as full body decoys and, if it snows, they won’t collect snow. Most goose hunters set their decoys with an opening or pocket at the downwind edge of the spread to provide an inviting landing zone. Threinen takes a different approach. Instead of creating a landing pocket on the downwind side of the decoy spread, Threinen puts his pocket on the upwind edge of the decoys. This creates an open invitation for aggressive birds to get to the ground quickly.

Calling Tips “I use a lot of inflection or attitude to make my calls sound more aggressive as the birds close in,” recommends Threinen. “I put an emphasis on producing deep, growly honks, moans and clucks because birds that are hungry are going to be more determined. The notes on these calls are also drawn out and exaggerated to the point it’s almost like the birds are angry and swearing at each other.” According to Threinen, team calling is the most effective way to create the natural level of excitement that occurs as geese in the air near others on the ground. Two or three callers working together cranking out pleading moans and fast paced clucks and double clucks really gets birds fired up. USA Page 


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The key to putting more panfish on ice


ecoming a successful winter angler for panfish can be summed up in just two words: Aquatic weeds. Panfish are highly-dependent upon weed growth for both food and cover. In the case of bluegills and sunfish, 100 percent of their diet consists of aquatic insects and zooplankton found only in regions of the lake that support weed growth. Find the weeds and, chances are, you’ve found panfish. Unfortunately, a blanket of ice and snow covers the water surface and can make this job a needle in a haystack search. Thankfully, some modern technology can make the search for weeds and fish far less time consuming.


Weed growth and panfish go together like tear drops and wax worms, but not all types of weed cover attract panfish. Certain weed types, especially the taller varieties, are more attractive to panfish. These “upright” weeds provide ideal cover and also concentrate food in the form of insects and zooplankton. Without question, finding the right weed types is the key to finding panfish in natural lakes. Page 

15 feet. In some exceptionally clear lakes, weeds may grow a little deeper. Anglers after panfish are going to find the most success targeting water that falls between six and 15 feet most of the time.


Mark Romanack DEPTH MATTERS Finding the right kinds of weeds is a step in the right direction, but water depth is also a major factor in locating adult panfish. Water that’s too shallow allows substantial light penetration and an explosion of weed growth that actually can be counter-productive. Too much weed growth, even of the right kinds of weeds, provides an environment where the cover is too thick to support significant numbers

of adult fish. What ends up happening is these shallow water areas become nurseries for small panfish. Water less than six feet rarely attracts the kinds of fish anglers are interested in catching and putting in the frying pan outside of spawning season. Weed growth is controlled by light penetration which is a relationship of both water clarity and water depth. In most natural lakes, water clarity allows substantial plant growth down to about

Underwater video cameras are an invaluable tool for searching out weed pockets in both open water and after the ice forms. If you happen to know the lake from scoping it out during summer months, all the better. After finding weeds, a color flasher unit with a surface-mounted transducer monitors the entire water column from surface to bottom. When the gain or sensitivity is properly adjusted, a color flasher will indicate fish, weeds and even mark a tiny jig. Now you’ve found weeds, your flasher is marking fish and you can see your jig. It’s really that easy when fishing winter panfish. I find that positioning my lure a little above the fish works best. Sometimes the fish are aggressive and the bite comes quickly, others take a little enticing. Find the weeds, find the fish. There’s no better formula for success. USA The Union Sportsmen’s Journal


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Dedicated dad earns trip on Escape to the Wild TV


hen Michael McCormick, a member of USW Local 10-901 in Ashton, Pa., taught his children to hunt, he had no idea it would be one of the few sports they could ever participate in. His daughter, Morgan, has a rare tumor disease that attacks her bones, while his son, Mike, was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia at age 11. “The only sport Morgan has ever been able to participate in is hunting, and, man, does she love to hunt,” said McCormick, who carried his daughter into the woods or pushed her in a wheelchair when he had to. Scouting and hunting was also a treasured pastime he shared with his son after he had a bone marrow transplant and couldn’t be in contact with people for a year. According to McCormick, his son lives a normal life today thanks in part to his union family and his employer, the Sunoco company. “My union brothers not only donated their money, but they donated blood to see if they’d be the one to help save Michael. They actually turned people away because there were so many donors. What they did makes me a better person.” Through years of surgery and recovery, the McCormick family continued to share a passion for hunting. When both of his children were granted the hunt of a lifetime due to their life-threatening illnesses, McCormick proudly watched them take an elk and a bear and dreamed of one day experiencing an out-of-state, big game hunt himself. That dream finally came true thanks to TRCP’s Escape to the Wild, a TV program of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, VERSUS and sponsoring unions and contractor associations that takes hardworking union members on the hunting or fishing trip of a lifetime. McCormick was in disbelief when the show’s host, Tom Ackerman, showed up at his doorstep to take him on a northern moose hunt. “Even as I was leaving for the hunt, I

was in shock,” said McCormick. Before arriving at Tuckamore Lodge on Newfoundland’s northern tip, McCormick had never hunted outside of Pennsylvania and looked forward to “getting away—going to a different country, just having a good time and relaxing.” Relaxing? Not on this hunt. “I’ve been hunting for 20 years and this was the hardest hunt I’ve ever been on in my entire life,” said McCormick. “We were walking through bogs and swamps and sinking up to our waists in mud.” “When I saw my first moose—it was like a billboard standing there,” he continued. “I’m looking for this little animal and all of a sudden this beast comes out standing at over seven feet high.” Getting that close took a grueling five-mile trek. “Five miles in that stuff is like 15 miles because you have to go around big water holes,” said McCormick. “We were getting pretty beat up and were about ready to give up, but the guide kept saying the moose was there.” When they finally reached the moose, McCormick’s nerves set in. “It was the end of the day, and we had been walking for 15-20 miles. I figured that if I missed, everyone was going to be pretty upset.” Well, he didn’t miss and McCormick was able to tag a 1,200-pound bull -- the biggest taken in camp that week. Of course, that’s when the real work began. “The pack out was the hardest. About 100 yards out, I was like ‘can we just stay here for the night?’ We finally got back well after dark. It took three rough hours, but we had a great time,” said McCormick. The experience was one McCormick said he’ll never forget. “My family knew what I had been through with the kids being sick, and they felt I really needed this experience,” said McCormick. “And even though they weren’t there—they were there.” USA

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To Join The USA Call Us Today At 1-877-872-2211 Or Sign Up Online At As a member of the USA, you’ll not only be eligible for our Grand Prize drawing of this Chevy Truck, you’ll be entitled to a variety of valuable benefits and discounts (check out the list on the opposite page.) Plus, more members means even better opportunities to partner with great companies like Chevrolet to offer you big-time prizes. More members also means we can sponsor bigger USA events like national fishing tournaments, shooting events and hunting trips. More members means we can have a stronger voice in conservation and the protection of places to hunt and fish for generations to come.

Why Join The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance? As Union workers and USA members, hunting and fishing isn’t just our hobby, it’s at the heart of who we are. And through the USA, you’ll get a unique, affordable way to connect outside the workplace and share your passion for the woods and the water with others who feel the same way. There’s just nothing else in the world like the USA. And it comes to you with the full support of your Union. If you are already a USA member, we’d like to thank you, and we encourage you to spread the word to your Union brothers and sisters. Get them involved. Whether it’s fins, fur or feathers they’re after, let them know this is THE club for them. If you’re not a member of USA, take a minute to give us a call or go online and sign up. And welcome to the USA.

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y eight uncles taught met to hunt. All of them were good to me, but Bob was the one with the best spots to hunt and he was always in charge. After safety, Bob’s number one rule was “if you knock it down, you go through hell’s half-acre to find it.” I remember watching him spend what seemed like forever searching for a dove in grass taller than he was. After he found it, I asked him why he didn’t give up, and he replied, “because it was the right thing to do.” Sadly, we lost Bob a few years back, but his lesson has stuck with me over the years. That’s why I own Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, which have a noquit attitude when looking for down game and, more importantly, why I taught my son to hunt just as Bob taught me. Last season, I saw how ingrained those lessons are in my son, Logan. In January, I was guiding a father and son from Texas along a creek that had been holding some mallards. We had taken some mallards and were almost done walking the creek when we saw geese beginning to fly over us. I told everyone to get hidden and wait; if we didn’t shoot the first flock, the flocks coming behind them would start to lower on their approach, giving us at least one

good shot. As a flock came over in good shooting range, I told my clients to take them. They knocked down two, one of which sailed a couple hundred yards to the opposite side of the creek and landed in nasty cover. I didn’t get a good line on it, and the dog couldn’t see where it fell. I looked over to find my son taking off his Drake pullover, boots, bibs and jeans until he was standing in just his gym shorts and a tee-shirt. He put his boots back on and told me to let him get across and around the cover before I sent the dog, so he would have a shot if the dog pushed the goose out the back. Then he waded into the water amidst an air temperature of just 17 degrees. Everything went as planned. I sent the dog, the goose got clear of the cover, and Logan made a good shot. While we waited for Logan to return, my client told me that seeing my son go through such effort just to find a goose was worth the eight hours they drove to hunt with us. When my boy got back across, I walked up to him with tears in my eyes and said, “Son, I am proud of you, and I know Bob would be too because that’s exactly what he would have done.” USA

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Postseason scouting crucial T

he deer season is now a memory for most of the country. But for the diehard whitetail hunter, the season never truly ends. It simply enters a new stage. Right now, that stage is post-season scouting and shed hunting. Postseason scouting is one of the most valuable tools a hunter has. The woods are void of the leaves, grasses and other snow-fearing plants that can obscure subtle clues in the landscape. The presence of snow makes it very, very simple to identify key movement corridors and, most importantly, the starkness of the land makes every hill, depression and natural funnel stick out like a Boone and Crockett qualifier in a bean field. Even in southern locales, the foliage level is reduced significantly and that makes reading the lay of the land and the important clues it holds much easier.

HEAD BACK OUT THERE Now is the time to head back to the woods and see what the deer have been doing in your absence. Rutting sign such as rubs and scrapes will still be readily apparent (although exceptionally deep snow will make finding scrapes tough). Travel patterns will be laid out in plain Page 10

sight and the natural features of the property will be much easier to read. And, best of all, you don’t have to worry about spooking deer. They’ve got almost a full year to get over your intrusion and you won’t be interrupting any hunters on neighboring properties either. Now is the perfect time to find a wellused trail and see exactly where it leads. But don’t just walk the path of travel – study it. Deer do not wander much. They generally move with a purpose, with reason. Find out what that reason is. The more you’re able to understand about the terrain features and the way deer react to them, the more successful you’ll be in future seasons.

LOOK FOR SHEDS Shed hunting isn’t just a fun way to find a little antlered treasure, it’s also an ideal way to begin hunting that buck. Finding a shed tells you several things. Obviously, it tells you that a buck made it through the season and what quality of buck it is. But it also identifies that buck’s core area. In areas with heavy hunting pressure, bucks will seek out their most secure and trusted areas to winter. Find a shed and you’ve located that buck’s living room. The odds are pretty good that,

come next fall, the buck that dropped the antler will be hanging out in the area. That’s crucial information that will put you a step ahead.

WALK IT OUT Start following a heavily-used trail and note any crossing trails or buck sign. Then hop on another trail and walk it back in the opposite direction. Before too long, you start to get a feel for the lay of the land and better understand what terrain features or obstacles are dictating the travel patterns of the deer. When you’ve located a number of trails or areas of activity, it becomes a simple process to determine the very best location on the property for a treestand the following fall. The goal isn’t to simply find deer sign, it’s to take advantage of the barren landscape and closed season to really dive into a property and understand

Tony Hansen not only how many deer are there but what, exactly, they do on a daily basis. Postseason scouting will give you a jump-start on the season that’s just a few short months away. USA The Union Sportsmen’s Journal

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Remington 870 SPS Shurshot

With spring turkey season right around the corner, now is the time to search for that new turkey gun -- one that’s proudly made in the U.S.A by the United Mine Workers of America. Remington’s 870 SPS Shurshot is one worth considering. It’s your basic, reliable 870 pump shotgun dressed to kill turkeys with fiber-optic sights, extra-full turkey choke and Realtree APG camo. What really makes this gun stand out is the ambidextrous Shurshot grip. It’s super comfortable and allows both right- and lefthanded shooters the benefit of a pistol-grip stock.

Cleaning your guns is a chore that -- love it or hate it -- must be done. Otis is renowned for its breechto-muzzle cleaning systems and its new Hardcore Hunter is one of the handiest, simplest kits you’ll find to do the job right -- almost anywhere you need to clean your guns. The Hardcore Hunter kit pairs its Tactical Cleaning System with a camouflaged pouch that packs down to about the size of a spool of fishing line. The kit includes all the components needed to clean all rifles, pistols, and shotguns from .17 calibers through 12/10 gauge. Patches, lubricant, a bore light and cloth are all included. WWW.OTISGUN.COM


>USA Member Businesses Offer Special Discounts If your business would like to be listed, please contact USA at 615-831-6744 Captain Dave Sport Fishing & Cruises Your ticket to open-sea adventure is calling!

The Capt. Dave is shoving off from the Atlantic Highlands’ Municipal Marina in New Jersey, and you’re invited to join Captain Dave Dzielak for hours of entertainment on the open waters in this 50-foot, custom-built charter boat certified for up to 40 passengers. Capt. Dave’s specialties range from exciting sport fishing for striped bass, bluefish, fluke and bottom fish to relaxing cruises for both small and large parties. USA Member Discount: 5% discount on all trips To redeem offer, mention that you are a USA member

Capt. Dave Dzielak 124 Main Street • Sayreville, NJ 08872 732.613.8307 • •

Iron Duck, a USA member owned outfitting service, specializes in professional and memorable Whitetail deer, Waterfowl, Eastern turkey and Spring Snow goose hunts in Missouri. Guided by talented professionals who both inspire and perform, Iron Duck hunts are balanced with new technology and a history of experience. USA Member Discount: $100.00 off Whitetail deer hunts $50.00 off Waterfowl and Eastern turkey hunts $100 off any 3-day youth hunt (16 yrs and younger) $150 off any 5-day youth hunt (16 yrs and younger) To redeem offer, mention that you are a USA member

Big Chino Guide Service

We hunt the largest animals in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Sanora, Mexico! Our guides are some of the most knowledgeable guides when it comes to hunting world-class elk, deer, bighorn sheep and antelope in the west! We’re not concerned with the number of hunters we book but the caliber of trophy you take. Special Offer to USA Members: 10% discount on all our services 10% discount on any hunts we help you book To redeem offer, mention that you are a USA member

Capt. Stacey Witherow 3803 28th. St. Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 301-855-4724 or 301-775-1365

JP Vicente P.O. Box 12166 Prescott, AZ 86304 928-925-9395 or 928-636-6537

Pit your strength against trophy Rockfish (stripers), Bluefish, White Perch, Sea Trout, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel and more aboard The Mary Ellen, a 41 foot Glouster sportfishing vessel certified to carry up to six passengers. Operating out of the Rod ‘N Reel Marina in Maryland’s Chesapeake Beach, Mary Ellen Charters offers trolling, chumming, jigging, and bottom fishing with all rods, ice and bait provided. Captain Stacey Witherow’s knowledge of the Bay’s many “hot spots” combined with The Mary Ellen’s state-of-the-art fish finding and radar equipment ensure a top-notch fishing experience you won’t forget. USA Member Discount: 10% discount off purchased trip To redeem offer, mention that you are a USA member (207) 474-4632

Iron Duck Hunting 5671 S.W. Mccolloch • Plattsburg M.O. 64477 816-210-3969

Located on Maine’s beautiful Lower Mattawamkeag Lake, Howard Bros. Guide Service offers guided small- and biggame hunts, canoe and camping trips, inland water sightseeing tours and more. Lower Mattawamkeag Lake is home to Bible Point, an area made famous by Theodore Roosevelt. Howard Bros. Guide Service will assist you in getting your hunting or fishing license and permit, make your transportation arrangements and provide a list of items to pack. Owned and operated by Shawn Howard, President of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4618.

USA Member Discount: 10% discount to union members on all single booking trips. Plus, when a USA member books a full-fare bear over bait, bear trapping or deer hunt, a second hunter is ½ price. Liberty Chesapeakes, a union-owned outfitter near Stafford, Kansas, offers goose hunting in the heart of the central flyway on private land near Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, where millions of geese gather at the peak of migration and remain for much of the winter season. Guests can expect to see large numbers of Canada geese, primarily Cackling and lesser subspecies, along with speckled bellies and the occasional snow goose. Brett Graham (316) 773-5130 USA Member Discount: 15% discount on all hunts To redeem offer, mention that you are a USA member

A Hunting and Fishing Club Exclusively for AFL-CIO Union Members, Retirees, and Their Families

Liberty Chesapeakes GUIDE SERVICE AND KENNELS 316.773.5130 (home)

) 316.650.7871 (cell

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JOIN the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) TODAY! Whether it’s FINS, FEATHERS or FUR that get your heart pumping . . . the USA will help you plan trips, learn tips, swap stories and save a bundle through the only hunting and fishing club designed EXCLUSIVELY for union sportsmen, sportswomen and their families. Please complete the following form to join your union brothers and sisters across North America in this brand new club . . . The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. $25 Membership Benefits - Buck knife, magazine, $25 gift certificate, decals, chances to win, full website access.

You may join online at Name________________________________________________________________

Union Status: p Member p Retired p Immediate family

Choose your one-year subscription to: p Petersen’s Hunting p In-fisherman p Guns & Ammo

Do you: p Hunt p Fish p Both

Payment Information:

$2 of your membership fee will be applied to your one-year magazine subscription


p Check (made payable to United Sportsmens Alliance)


p VISA p MasterCard p American Express p Discover

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Please return application to: Union Sportsmen’s Alliance 3340 Perimeter Hill Drive Nashville, TN 37211


>Featured USA Regional Coordinator


s an avid hunter and conservationist, Don Coburn has made a career of sharing his passion for the outdoors. As a Sales Manager with Anheuser-Busch, Coburn, who joined the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance as ProStaff Regional Coordinator in the Great Lakes region, was associated as a national or state sponsor with Ducks Unlimited, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever and Whitetails Unlimited. He also founded the Western Reserve Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited in northeast Ohio and served as president for more than seven years, eventually becoming Field Director of the organization. Now, Coburn looks forward to combining his outdoor and union background to help build membership in the USA. “I’m interested in doing meaningful work with a

cause I am passionate about. I feel the USA offers me the opportunity to exercise my skills and add value to the club through my ability to organize and recruit like-minded sportsmen,” said Coburn. When asked why union sportsmen should join the USA, Coburn pointed to the cause. “As TRCP partners, USA members have a Don Coburn voice in protecting and defend- Great Lakes ing the time honored traditions of Region hunting and fishing. Second—for the club and its benefits, particularly discounts on gear and the chance to win great trips.” The challenge of his position, as Coburn sees it, is to get union membership at every level to whole-

heartedly embrace the USA program that delivers value to them, their families and the entire outdoor community. “I tell people the club is only as good and strong as its parts,” said Coburn. “The more members we get, the better and bigger the discounts on gear and hunts.” Coburn thanks his dad for introducing him to hunting and giving him the knowledge to do the kind of work he does today. “In my eyes as a child, and in my older eyes today, I can see that my dad simply passed to me what has been passed to him,” said Coburn. “I can think of no greater legacy to leave for my kids and for future generations of kids than the legacy of hunting and fishing and the right to have access to these pursuits.”

To invite a USA representative to your local union meeting or event to talk about the club and its great benefits, contact the USA Regional Coordinator in your region. Mid-West Regional Coordinator MN, WI, IA, IL, ND, SD, NE, MO, KS Jim Klatt (612) 331-0270

Southern Regional Coordinator TN, GA, FL, TX, AL, AR, LA, MS, OK Johnny Kesting (615) 831-6798

Northwest Regional Coordinator WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, UT, CO, AK, HI, Canada (BC) Tim Bindl (360) 264-4820 Page 12

Great Lakes Regional Coordinator IN, MI, OH, WV, KY Don Coburn (614) 787-1354

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator VA, NC, ND, DE, SC Greg Singleton (703) 994-1764

Northeast Regional Coordinator PA, NY, NJ, CT, VT, MA, RI, ME, NH, Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal) Nate Whiteman (440) 867-8229 West Coast Regional Coordinator CA, NM, NV, AZ Mark Gagliardi (925) 698-0719 The Union Sportsmen’s Journal

USA Newspaper - Winter 2009  

USA Newspaper - Winter 2009

USA Newspaper - Winter 2009  

USA Newspaper - Winter 2009