For some four decades, hunting and fishing with his father and brother made up an essential part of life for Sharpe resident Gene Barnes.
Barnes’ brother, Greg, died April 17 from injuries he suffered in an explosion on the job at AK Steel in Middletown, Ohio, where he was a supervisor. He was 48.
In a tribute to his brother, Gene Barnes and his father, Harlyn Barnes of Reidland, celebrated their love for the outdoors in an elk hunt in Idaho. The expedition is the subject of an episode of the Brotherhood Outdoors program on the Sportsman Channel.
The program will air at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5. It will share the story of Barnes and his 74-year-old father as they challenge Idaho’s steep terrain and high altitude in search of elk – and memories.
Realizing that his father’s fondest memories surround hunting with his sons, Gene Barnes set out to help him recapture that feeling and achieve his longtime goal of taking an elk. In this episode of Brotherhood Outdoors, co-hosts Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen attempt to make that happen as they take the father-son duo into the woods near Pocatello and Bear Lake, Idaho, with their sights set on an elk for Harlyn and some healing for both father and son.
As the group glasses for elk along steep hills, confront the cold and hike up to 7,500 feet in elevation to get Harlyn a shot at the iconic bull elk, Harlyn’s sheer determination and Gene’s desire to help his father achieve a dream are as vivid as the mountainous landscape.
Barnes, a union machinist, was touched by the support his brother’s family received from trade unions, even though Greg – in a managerial position – was not a union member.
To date, the local union has raised $10,000 for Greg’s wife and children.
“It is truly amazing that there would be such an outpouring of love and generosity from union members toward a `company person,’” Barnes said. “I know how well loved and respected my brother was by all of my fellow union brothers and sisters.”
The Brotherhood Outdoors series is presented by Bank of Labor and is 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.
Winner of a 2011 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.
For more information about Brotherhood Outdoors, visit www.BrotherhoodOutdoors.tv and www.facebook.com/brotherhoodoutdoorstv.
n The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) is a union-dedicated outdoor organization whose members hunt, fish, shoot and volunteer their skills for conservation. For more information, visit www.unionsportsmen.org or www.facebook.com/unionsportsmen.
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This story is based on a press release from the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, Nashville, Tenn.