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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Hall of Fame

Rick Evans

Rick Evans has seen major changes in wildlife in his native south Arkansas, and he’s been involved in most of them to some extent. Especially satisfying to him was the AGFC acquisition of Grand Prairie, the first land purchase after the Conservation Sales Tax was passed in November 1996. The 4,895-acre tract west of Hope was “cows and bois d’arc (trees)” when bought, Evans said. Today it is a popular hunting, fishing and educational facility that bears his name – Rick Evans Grand Prairie Conservation Education Center and Rick Evans Wildlife Management Area.

Ellen Moorhead Fennell

In various roles with Audubon Arkansas, including vice president and executive director, Fennell was an outspoken advocate for native bird species, flyways and nesting habitat throughout Arkansas. During her tenure with the organization, she was instrumental in securing funding for several state initiatives including environmental programs in the state’s schools, water quality education, energy policy and habitat restoration.

George Fisher

The pen is mightier than the sword, and his cartoon drawing tools have out-performed bulldozers of unrestricted land and water projects. Fisher's cartoons in the Arkansas Gazette were a key weapon in many environmental battles.

Jerry Fisk

Jerry Fisk is a master bladesmith and internationally recognized artist. A contributing editor of Blade Magazine, Jerry’s list of accomplishments and awards for his craft is long and his work can be found in museums around the world. He serves as advisor to the Arkansas Department of Heritage, is a member of the Bladesmith Hall of Fame and was named a National Living Treasure by the University of North Carolina at Williamsburg’s Museum of World Cultures. He and his wife, Lorraine, live in Nashville, Arkansas.

Mike Freeze

Mike Freeze of England is a fisheries biologist who has been a major national figure in aquaculture and fisheries conservation, as well as a leader of Arkansas Farm Bureau activities. He is a former Arkansas Game and Fish employee, who was later appointed to and served a seven-year term on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Steve Frick

After a retiring from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he led the fund-raising activities of Ducks Unlimited in Arkansas and has been a prime mover in a number of partnership habitat purchases, including Ed Gordon/Point Remove and Raft Creek Wildlife Management Areas.

Carl Garner

After helping build Greers Ferry Lake and staying on as resident engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Garner made an even more indelible mark with his yearly clean-up campaigns on the lake which gained national acclaim.

Jim Gaston

Longtime owner of Gaston's White River Resort, Gaston has been in the forefront of Arkansas’s world-acclaimed trout fishing activities more than 35 years, with a leading role in promotion of tourism for all the state as well as his home area.

Henry Gray

From an early career as a wildlife biologist, he moved to the Arkansas Highway Department and was its longtime director. He developed the Marine fuel Tax system in which state taxes on boat fuels are used to build access to waterways.

Carol Griffee

Her intense and all-sides reporting covered controversial and heated issues of the outdoors in the 1970s and 1980s. Environmental issues at the Game and Fish Commission, the Department of Pollution Control and Ecology and the legislature were Griffee's beat at the Arkansas Gazette.

Larry Grisham

Grisham has selected artists and artwork for the Arkansas duck stamp and print program since 1982. The program has raised millions of dollars to improve wetlands and purchase critical wildlife habitat and has become the most successful in the nation.

Jane Gulley

A former teacher, she took a pastime of treating injured birds of prey to an avocation of educating people about them. "Arkansas's Eagle Lady" became familiar in schools statewide with her entertaining lectures on raptors.

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