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After his murder, hunter's family works to pass on his passion for the outdoors

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The quiet of the outdoors, taking in all nature has to offer, this was where 31-year-old Curtis Ross felt at home.

It's what his brother Tim remembers most.

"It is really hard to explain. He would much rather be sitting in a tree stand than behind a desk any day of the week," said Tim Ross.

The Cedar Falls resident was doing just that when he was murdered last November in Appanoose County.

Curtis had gone down that day to collect his equipment from the area near Rathbun Lake and had left his hunting dog Avery at home.

"Pretty much Avery has just been waiting for him to come home. He has been alright," said Tim.

But despite the circumstances of Curtis' death, his family wants to pass on his passion.

"Curt is Curt, I mean, he wouldn't have it any other way. This is what he would want for his legacy," said Tim.

The Curtis Ross Outdoors non-profit organization will raise money for the education of hunting and wildlife conservation. 

"He loved teaching young people about the outdoors, giving them skills that they can use throughout their entire life. We just want people to know that good can come out of bad situations," said Tim.

The first goal of the non-profit is to provide scholarships for Raised At Full Draw summer bow camps, which teaches teens how to shoot a bow.

In order to do so, the Ross family is holding a live auction on February 18 from 12-3 p.m. at the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49.

The live auction will include more than 50 items, ranging from a hunting dog to a Coach purse.

For more information, visit the Curt Ross Outdoors on Facebook.

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