Game & Fish Foundation Postpones Hall of Fame Celebration, Launching Virtual Auction
The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation has made the safety-conscious decision to postpone the 2020 Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet.
The gathering was originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29. Plans are now underway to hold the event in 2021, but the fun isn’t entirely delayed: the Foundation has created the Outdoor Hall of Fame Campaign, through which guests can participate in the virtual “super silent” auction from August 1-29. Featured items include the latest hunting and fishing tackle, gear, boats, ATVs, hunting trips, experience packages and more.
The celebration may be postponed, but the honors don’t have to be. Read on to learn about this year’s inductees:
Known across the state for his furniture empire, Hank is a renowned conservationist and supporter of outdoor sports. He’s a well-respected member of The Nature Conservancy’s Last Great Places Society and has contributed greatly to advancing the Conservancy’s work across the state.
As the first pro to win both the Bassmaster Classic and Angler of the Year in the same calendar year, Mark is a legend in the outdoor sports industry. He was an integral part of the creation of the Arkansas Bassmaster High School Series and was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2019.
Jerrell and Penny Dodson
Owners of what is now the largest specialty store across five states, Jerrell and Penny Dodson have dedicated their years to outfitting generations of bowhunters. Archer’s Advantage consistently ranks in the top 50 in sales for national brands like Hoyt and Matthews and is widely known by archery enthusiasts.
The Mahoney Family
Owners of the 65,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge at Felsenthal, the Mahoney family is known for its influence in the practice of law since 1896. Emon and his wife, Kay, remain steadfast supporters of Commission initiatives and work of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation.
“Every year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation recognizes individuals whose contributions to the great outdoors transcends mere hobby,” said Tyler Lawrence, events director for the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation. “The individuals we honor have devoted their time, energy and passion for the outdoors in such a way that preserves and enhances our wild spaces for generations to come. We are proud to once again recognize such outstanding Arkansans.”