AGFF Outdoor Hall of Fame Inducts Class
The 2019 inductees to the AGFF Outdoor Hall of Fame will be honored Aug. 24 during ceremonies at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. This year’s class includes:
By Dwain Hebda
Catherine & Tommy Murchison III
The husband-and-wife Murchison team founded the Arkansas Big Buck Classic in 1990 to recognize the quality of whitetail hunting in Arkansas. Today, the event averages nearly 38,000 visitors and has raised over $200,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Shriners Hospital for Children and C.H. Vines 4-H Center. It has also collected roughly 50,000 cans of food for Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry.
Considered one of the most knowledgeable figures in Arkansas on native plants, King founded and owns Pine Ridge Gardens in London. She is credited with educating generations of gardeners on native plants and their role in bird, wildlife and butterfly habitats. Many of the State Parks Visitor Centers and AGFC Nature Centers across the state—as well as public gardens and arboretums nationwide—utilize her plant stock.
An avid boat racer in the 1950s, Futrell took over the family business, Futrell Marine, which his father, Dan Futrell, established in 1948. He has since become one of the most well-known and respected businessmen in retail boating and has remained a staunch and steadfast consumer and promoter of the Arkansas outdoors and its activities.
The McCollum Family
Credited with the current business model of the modern duck club, the McCollums helped pioneer multiple aspects of duck habitat, conservation, promotion and land and water management. Generations of McCollums helped lay the foundation upon which Arkansas duck hunting has grown into a multi-million dollar industry.
Tickets to the 28th Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet are $125; tables of 10 are available for $1,250 each. The event, which includes dinner, live and silent auctions and induction ceremony, is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Proceeds from the event support the year-round work of the Foundation, which supports Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) initiatives, particularly those aimed at getting young people unplugged and engaged in Arkansas’s outdoors.
For tickets or information, call (501) 223-6468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.