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

Chick Major

As the central figure in duck calling for years, Major transformed duck call manufacturing from home workshops to a significant business. His calls set a standard. The World Duck Calling Championships at Stuttgart have members of his family throughout its lists of winners.

Cathie Remmel Matthews

A member of a Little Rock family long prominent in outdoor activities and, as director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, she has obtained dozens of environmentally and historically significant locales in the state to be conserved, protected and enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts.

Zack McClendon, Jr.

Zack McClendon, Jr. has spent a lifetime building boats, beginning at age 8. He took the business launched by his father and expanded and created new markets with two branches – one for recreational boats and the other for work and military boats. McClendon has passed the 100,000 mark in boats produced, and his SeaArk craft are seen in daily use on lakes and rivers in Arkansas as well as in harbor and shore environs around the world. McClendon and a SeaArk boat were integral participants in the 1996 Arkansas River trip of Governor Mike Huckabee that helped push the Conservation Sales Tax to reality.

Marion McCollum

Marion McCollum of Stuttgart is a member of a multi-generation Grand Prairie family heavily involved in duck hunting and the area’s wetlands habitat. He developed Mack’s Sport Shop into a leading national mail order sales corporation, Mack’s Prairie Wings, and its Stuttgart facility draws visitors from many states and some foreign countries. He was an active and effective commissioner with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission from 1995 to 2002.

Jerry McKinnis

A professional baseball player in his youth, he fell in love with fishing in North Arkansas then talked about it before a television camera. Then he went behind the camera to prominence as a developer and producer of outdoor TV programs.

Joe Mosby

Having written thousands of articles on Arkansas wildlife and Arkansans' activities in the outdoors, he is a celebrated outdoor writer. He was the long-time outdoor editor of the Arkansas Gazette and news editor with the Game and Fish Commission.

Bobby Murray

He won the first BASS Masters Classic in 1971 on Nevada's Lake Mead. The victory propelled him into a career of professional fishing and marketing, and he repeated his Classic championship in 1978 in Mississippi.

Joe Nix

Chemistry is his field, and water quality is his focus. A longtime professor at Ouachita Baptist University, he later became a key figure in the investigation into the mysterious dieoff of bald eagles in southwest Arkansas.

Larry Nixon

Larry began guiding fishermen before he was in high school. He joined the professional bass fishermen’s ranks, won a BASS Masters Classic and became fishing's first million-dollar winner.

Bill Norman

A Yell County farm boy, he learned manufacturing at a school bus factory then branched into fishing lures. He rode the crest of bass tournament fishing by sponsoring early stars of the game and constantly seeking new and better lures and techniques.

Barbara Pardue

A catalyst for such landmark conservation education projects as the Potlatch Conservation Education Center at Cook's Lake, she led the successful efforts to protect "The Lost 40," a remnant of virgin forest, and developed "The Classroom in the Forest."

Dr. Mamie Parker

Named for a former president's wife, grew up fishing in south Arkansas streams as the youngest of 11 children, then followed her education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to a career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, she is assistant director of the agency and is in charge of its fisheries and habitat conservation operations. She is a native of Wilmot in Ashley County.

Pat Peacock

Queen of Arkansas duck calling since her teen years, she won every available title in the Stuttgart championships, including their beauty title. Her civic endeavors are numerous, and she was the first woman to serve on the Game and Fish Commission.

Ben Pearson

A boyhood hobby turned into a career of international renown for this archery expert. His instrument was the longbow, and he took it on hunting trips to several continents and into a highly successful business enterprise.

David Pryor

David Pryor, former Governor of Arkansas and member of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, is considered one of the Big Three in the history of Arkansas politics. Pryor’s years serving
at the state and federal levels resulted in landmark achievements in conservation, advancing the
outdoors experience enjoyed today throughout Arkansas.

George Purvis

A wildlife biologist, he realized the need for informing and teaching Arkansas residents about the outdoors. His pulpit was the information office of the Game and Fish Commission and his fishing and hunting television programs.

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