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Legends of the Outdoors

Peyton promoting Lake D'Arbonne with the B&M and War Eagle pro staffs

Peyton promoting Lake D’Arbonne with the B&M and War Eagle pro staffs

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Peyton McKinnie always gets excited about going hunting and fishing. But he got excited about hunting and fishing this weekend and didn’t even go hunting or fishing, unless you count shooting an arrow at an Asian Carp.

Peyton and Cedar Hill calls owner Jerry Antley of Downsville attended the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame Banquet in Nashville this weekend and had a fun time multi-tasking. First, they were promoting Cedar Hill Game Calls, and lined up a couple of outdoor shows that are going to come to Union Parish next year to film. Second, they also attended the Legends banquet and got to meet outdoor personalities like bass pro

With TV host Hank Parker

With TV host Hank Parker

Hank Parker, legendary fisherman and TV host Babe Winkelman. Third, as always, Peyton was promoting Union Parish by hanging out with guys like the B&M Pro Staff who are looking forward to fishing the Crappie Masters tournament on Lake D’Arbonne next February.

“It was a blast,” Peyton said yesterday. “We made contacts with a lot of people from around the country that already knew something about our parish. It was great to see Jerry get all the attention, too. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the Hall of Fame one day.”

Legends of the Outdoors 2015 class of inductees included: Paul Alpers – Former President and CEO of Crappie Masters; Mike Morgan – MOJO Outdoors TV Show Co-Host; Nina Wood – 1st Lifetime Member of Bass ‘n Gal; Babe Winkelman – Professional Angler, Television Host & Personality and Hunter; Denny Brauer – Professional Angler; O’Neill Williams – Outdoors Television and Radio Host; and Virgil Ward – (posthumously) Television Host & Personality and Championship Angler.

Okay, Peyton, who was your favorite? He wanted to list all of the, but if there was one that stood out, it was Winkelman. He told the story of tragedy in his life that left him in an extended hospital stay. While there, he met another man and they talked a lot about hunting and fishing. When his new friend got out, he started watching Winkleman’s show and took up the outdoors. He later wrote him a letter that said that changed his life for the better. It was one of several letters like that Winkelman received over the years saying that turning from bad life decisions and addictions to hunting and fishing had turned their lives around.

“When he finished telling his stories, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” Peyton said.

One of the ways that McKinnie and Antley ended up in Nashville was through Scott Davis, Sr., and the Urban Tennessee Hunting TV Show (You’ll have a chance to read more about that in this space tomorrow).

Union Parish’s deer hunting and fishing fame is spreading far and wide. One of the other interesting stories Peyton brought back was from sitting at breakfast one morning. He and Antley were eating with a man from Houston and he saw Peyton’s LSU shirt. The man said, “Hey, I hunt in north Louisiana in a little place called Marion. Did you ever hear of it?” Since Peyton lives there, the answer was obviously yes. The other man they were meeting with informed him that their family has a vacation home on Lake D’Arbonne.

Small world. Big Union Parish!

Tomorrow: More about the trip….

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