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

John Paul Hammerschmidt

Legacy Award Winner

The first Republican elected to Congress from Arkansas since Reconstruction, Hammerschmidt served 26 years in office. In one of his 12 campaigns, which he typically won handily, Hammerschmidt defeated a law student named Bill Clinton. Among Hammerschmidt's lasting legislative achievements was his work to designate the Buffalo River as the country's first "national river." Hammerschmidt-sponsored legislation that prevented the federal government from building dams on the Buffalo, thus preserving it as a free-flowing stream and leading to its development as a national park.

Rick Hampton

Rick Hampton is a farmer, waterfowl hunting enthusiast and a former Game and Fish Commission member who was a key figure in a number of wildlife-related developments in the late 1970s and 1980s – the changing of directors at the Game and Fish Commission, restoring elk to Arkansas and bringing back Canada geese to Arkansas.

Rex Hancock

The rich wildlife habitat of the Cache River today is a legacy of the determination and energy of his monumental battle against channelization of the river. His campaign to preserve these duck wintering grounds was ultimately successful.

Bert and Cheryl Haralson

Bert and Cheryl Haralson of Augusta are a husband and wife team much involved in the development of Arkansas elk on both the hunting and the tourism scenes. Long active in leadership roles with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Haralsons have been key figures in the cooperative planning and implementing of elk habitat programs in the Buffalo River country of north Arkansas .

Scott Henderson

Scott Henderson began his career with Game and Fish as a biologist, working and "wading" in hatcheries around the state, and then advanced to Chief of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Fisheries Division. Scott then spent over 15 years as assistant to the Director of Game and Fish, and then served seven years as Director of the agency. Scott was in the forefront of major growth and expansion of Game and Fish, including his work for the passage of Amendment 75, and the oversight of the construction of four nature centers

Jim Hill

Jim Hill is a rancher and a veteran state legislator with a lifelong interest in hunting, camping and other outdoor activities. He drafted the legislation in 1996 that led to the passing of today's Conservation Sales Tax that has greatly bolstered Arkansas State Parks, Game and Fish Commission, Natural Heritage Commission and Keep Arkansas Beautiful.

Jim Hinkle

A former Arkansas Game and Fish commissioner, Hinkle served 14 years on the board of the National Wild Turkey Federation, ultimately serving as president of the national chapter of the organization. During that time, he worked for the expansion and improvement of habitat throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada through various NWTF initiatives.

Kaneaster Hodges

An attorney, farmer, businessman and, most of all, a facilitator who has been instrumental in major Arkansas outdoor improvements for public use through his service with the U.S. Senate, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and The Nature Conservancy.

Charlie Hoover

Not long after graduating from college, he realized he preferred travel in a bass boat to wearying days on the road doing insurance chores. Hoover became a key figure in Ranger Boats' taking the top spot in the fishing boat world then took the helm of an organization pushing bass tournaments into headline-grabbing payouts rivaling those of professional golf and tennis.

Randy Hopper

Hopper quickly moved to the top as a part of the Ranger Boats team under Forrest L. Wood. He has carried out the company's long-time slogan of "We still build them one at a time." He uses his time and energies to promote fishing and outdoor activities for everyone, but especially for youth. He has done this not only in Arkansas, but worldwide.

Janet Huckabee

Huckabee has been an "outdoors" enthusiast her entire life so it was only "Natural" she became an instant champion for the Conservation Sales Tax in 1996. With the passage of Amendment 75, funding for the preservation of our state's natural and cultural resources became a reality.

Mike Huckabee

Following his innovative Arkansas River trip in 1996, a campaign for the conservation sales tax, he has taken the lead on programs like Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs, and the Youth and Senior's Fishing Pond in urban Little Rock.

Andrew Hulsey

As a biologist, he was a key player in the development of a system of fish nursery ponds, in introducing trout into waters where cold water from dams had wiped out native fish, in introducing striped bass and in widespread stocking of channel catfish to boost angling opportunities. In the late 1960s, Hulsey was elevated to assistant director of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission then became director in 1969. Hulsey served as Commission director for 10 years.

Johnelle and JB Hunt

Legacy Award Winner


Legends of Arkansas's business and philanthropic communities, J.B. and Johnelle Hunt built J.B. Transport Services from a five-truck operation into one of the largest transportation communities in the nation. The success of the company is rivaled only by the couple's generosity, supporting innumerable worthwhile causes throughout Arkansas. Among the most recent examples, a $5 million dollar pledge toward building the forthcoming Northwest Arkansas Nature and Education Center in Springdale. Yet another legacy for future generations that bears the Hunt stamp. 

Carl Hunter

Carl Hunter, who died in 2005, may have achieved as much renown in his retirement career than as a long-time leader in wildlife biology and conservation. Hunter turned his hobbies of photography andwildflowers into a popular book and into demand as a speaker to garden and other clubs. He was a leader in Arkansas’ deer restoration, joining the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 1945, leaving to help industrialist Edgar Monsanto Queeny develop Wingmead in eastern Arkansas then returning to AGFC and becoming assistant director until retirement in 1986.

Zettie Jones

Jones' wildlife art is unique, with many paintings using ghosted superimposed images blended together to tell a story. A self-trained artist, she has blossomed into a leader among artists who specialize in wildlife subjects. In 2003-04, she was selected to provide the artwork for the 2003-04 Arkansas Waterfowl Hunting Stamp, the first Arkansan ever selected.

Mark Karnes

Mark Karnes, The Ross Foundation: Directing the foundation’s land management program for its 60,000 diverse acres of timber land, Karnes has helped protect unique sections of the forest and,  working in partnership with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, developed acres for use
as a wildlife management area and other recreational activities.

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