Those We Honor

You’ll find more than just fishing celebrities in this list. One can make a significant impact
on the lives of many without ever being well known. It is important to honor all of
those who had a great influence on the great sport of fishing, whether famous or not.
Corporate advances tend to be much more visible to us. For it’s their products that
shape the evolution of the sport of fishing.

Butch Furtman

Butch Furtman

Inducted 2003

Butch Furtman is one of the premier outdoorsmen in the midwest. He is a well-recognized writer, an expert fisherman and hunter and long-time consultant to the fishing tackle industry. Butch also produced leading outdoor shows including “Sportsman’s Notebook” and “Sportsman’s Journal.”

“I enjoy showing the outdoors the way people actually experience it,” Butch states, and his enthusiasm is contagious. He includes his audience in his adventures so they can enjoy the outdoor world through him.

His shows feature a wide variety of outdoor sports, including all types of freshwater fishing, big game, upland bird and waterfowl hunting. Butch carefully explains and demonstrates the latest techniques and equipment and offers tips on fish and game cooking, so his audience is not only entertained, but informed on the important “HOW-TOs” of outdoor sports as well. A featured writer for outdoor magazines, Butch has been published in Field & Stream, In-Fisherman, Outdoor News, and the Hunting and Fishing Library.

He is always in demand for seminars on fishing and hunting and has been showcased as the main speaker at numerous sports and travel shows and in-store promotions. Butch has enjoyed the sponsorships of major boat and tackle companies. He has also acted as a consultant in testing new tackle for them and has helped to design and outfit new fishing boats for his sponsors. Many of Butch’s sponsors have been associated with his show for almost as long as he has been on the air, a strong testimonial to the value they place in his ability to represent them well. Butch Furtman is a proven performer who has a track record of tremendous viewer loyalty and sponsorship support.