STEVE SMITH ENDOWMENT

The Steve Smith Endowment will provide a financial base for the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, giving it the ability to embark on projects, programs, and services bolstering the mission of the Foundation in its goal of supporting the needs of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  The Endowment was created by AGFF Board Member Witt Stephens, who announced a challenge gift for the fund, vowing to match every dollar raised up to $150,000!   Please click on the link below to make your gift.

 

Steve Smith served as president of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation for 25 years.  During his tenure, Steve guided many foundation projects, including the purchase of the Robinwood addition to Wattensaw Wildlife Management Area, the purchase of a 421-acre tract for Fred Berry Conservation Education Center on Crooked Creek, and the development of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex in Jacksonville. Steve passed away March 22, 2017, at the age of 70.

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2019 Arkansas Duck Stamp Print

"Mallards in the Timber: An Arkansas Family Tradition" by Mike Marlar


THE PROGRAM
The year 2019 marks the 38th year of the Arkansas Duck Stamp program and the fourth year to be published by the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation. The program has raised millions which have been used by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for waterfowl research and to acquire land for the creation of safe refuges for our abundant wildlife. Our rich heritage is steeped with stories of “flooded timber hunting, the original duck and goose call makers and old time serious duck and goose hunters and their camps.” It is little wonder that our Duck Stamp program is the most successful of them all. (Save your stamps.)

THE ARTIST
North Little Rock native Mike Marlar was selected as the artist for the 2019-20 Arkansas Duck Stamp, only the second Arkansan ever tasked with the job.  The timeless scene depicts a father and sons hunting in Arkansas’s flooded green timber – a rich tradition responsible for countless memories that continue to be made across the state today.  Mike is an avid outdoorsman whose love for duck hunting began at an early age in the bottoms of the White River National Refuge’s flooded timber.  He continues the tradition today, with his wife, Rhonda, two sons, Dean and James, and daughter Anna at their family cabin near Holly Grove, Arkansas.