Jun 8, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT
By Bill Miller
In this career as an outdoor communicator, I’ve been blessed to have idols and role models who became not only personal mentors, but some of my best friends. Over the course of sharing this “Around the Campfire with Bill” blog with you, I’ve told tales of adventures with many of them. I’m talking about Larry Weishuhn, Johnnie Hudman and, especially, J. Wayne Fears.
I’ve often said of Fears that he’s a “been there, done that, but didn’t buy the t-shirt” kind of guy. His exploits in the outdoors as a kid from Tater Knob, Alabama; as a soldier; as a hunting guide and outfitter; as a marksman; as an outdoor culinary genius; as a hunter; and as a writer are ample to fill volumes. And, someday, I hope he produces those volumes for all of us to enjoy. But it’s unlikely. Fears doesn’t like to talk about himself very much.
So it doesn’t surprise me that I had to find out from his lovely wife, Sofee, about the honor that will soon be deservedly bestowed upon my friend. On August 18 in Nashville, Tennessee J. Wayne Fears will be inducted into the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame. The event will take place on the General Jackson Showboat/Music City Queen paddlewheeler on the Cumberland River.
In addition to Fears, the 11th inductee class to the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame will include Byron Ferguson– nationally known exhibition archer; Art Ladehoff – one of the founders of Decoys Unlimited and the Founder of Clinton Decoy Company – makers of the Big Foot Decoy; Tommy Martin – professional tournament angler; Joe Hamilton – Director of Development and Founder of Quality Deer Management Association; and Rayo Breckenridge (posthumously) - Bassmasters Classic winner and TV show host. National Hall of Fame member Hank Parker is the keynote speaker.
The gala induction event is open to the public. Individual ticket price is $85. Sponsorship information and individual ticket reservations may be obtained at the “Legends of the Outdoors” website at www.legendsoftheoutdoors.com.
I’d love to be there to see my mentor inducted, but one of the things I learned from him is opportunities to hunt come first (family and work are somewhere in there, too), so we’ll have to see what comes along! Congratulations, my friend.
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