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 “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame

Founder - Garry Mason

Releases the Recipient of the 2017 American Outdoor Sportsman of the Year 


August 2, 2017 – SPRINGVILLE, TN – Founder of the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall of Fame, Garry Mason, has released the recipient of the 2017 American Outdoor Sportsman of the Year AwardJohn Miles, a nationally known rod builder of over 50 years, will be awarded this prestigious award.  Also at this event,TH Marine President and CEO, Jeff Huntley will be presented the Legacy Award, outdoor radio and television personality, Joey Monteleone will receive The Tennessee Outdoorsman of the Year award, and a brand new award in honor of Hall of Fame member Wade Bourne being presented this year, the Wade Bourne Outdoor Communicator of the Year  will be received by Larry Rea, editor of Mid-South Hunting and Fishing News and longtime outdoor sports writer for the Memphis Commercial Appeal. 

This year’s event will once again be held aboard one of the largest paddlewheel showboats in the country - the General Jackson Showboat/Music City Queen in Nashville, TN on Saturday, August 26th dockside along the Cumberland River.  Boarding begins at 9:00am and will be followed by the banquet and induction/award ceremony at 10:00am. 

The 2017 “Legends of the Outdoors” Inductees are as follows: Dave Precht– outdoor writer and editor of Bassmaster Magazine; Morris Sheehan – President, American Bass Anglers, Inc.; Lisa Snuggs - SEOPA Executive Director, & OJEFA CEO; Walter Parrott – champion turkey caller & hunter; Guy Eaker Sr – professional angler; Jerry Antley – founder of Cedar Hill game calls; Bob Foulkrod – renowned sportsman, writer and television personality; and Steve Price – outdoor writer and photographer, and our Guest Speaker this year will be Jimmy Sites, contributor to the “Sportsmen’s Bible”, outdoors advocate and host of “Spiritual Outdoor Adventures”.

Other awards and recipients this year are: The American Outdoor Organization of the YearNational Wild Turkey Federation; The Ray Scott American Trailblazer Award to Harold Knight and David Hale for their “trailblazing” of game calls, the Outdoor Manufacturing Excellence Award – Fishing – to Strike King Lures due to their longevity and consistency in the fishing field,  the Outdoor Manufacturing Excellence Award – Hunting – to O.F. Mossberg and Sons, Inc.,manufacturer of quality firearm products.

The event is open to the public.  Sponsorship information and individual ticket reservations may be obtained through the “Legends of the Outdoors” website at, or by calling 731-693-7770.  Reservations must be made and purchased before July 31, 2017.

Board of Directors
Garry Mason
Executive Director
Springville, TN


Cindy Mason
Springville, TN  
Lorelei Kerns
Assistant to the Directors
Big Sandy, TN  
Mickey Beck Lebanon, TN  
Ron Cleveland Council Bluffs, IA Champion bird carver and waterfowl hunting enthusiast
Todd Coppernoll Waunakee, WI Co-Owner and President of WPM Management Group

Pat Doyle

Franklin, TN

Kent Driscoll Cumming, GA Professional outdoorsman and fisherman, head of B 'n M Poles pro staff, tournament crappie angler
Tommy Garner Hardy, AR Nationally acclaimed outdoor writer and television & radio personality
Kenny Louden Springville, TN Professional waterfowl & fishing guide, Head Archery Coach and Assistant Bass Fishing Coach for Bethel University
Kevin Blake Weldon Waukee, IA Country music entertainer and creator of Bad Boy & Jimmy music, cds and videos
Scott Davis Nashville, TN High school principal and owner-host of Swamp City Media and Urban Outdoors TV Show

Bass Pro

Kevin Blake Weldon