• Bass Pro shops founder wins his own award

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    Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris has won a conservation award named after him. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies presented its inaugural Johnny Morris Award to him for a lifetime of service to fish and wildlife conservation. The new award will be conferred annually to a citizen conservationist who “exemplifies Morris’s leadership at the highest level and commitment to solving large-scale natural resource challenges”.
    Morris started in the early 1970s with a U-Haul trailer full of bass tackle and 8ft of sales space in his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri.
    Now more than 100 million shoppers visit one of the company’s 58 stores across the US and Canada annually. Morris has received numerous honours, including the Teddy Roosevelt Conservationist Award and the International Conservation Achievement Award. He was inducted into the International Game Fish Association’s Hall of Fame in 2005, and served three terms as chairman of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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