Ranger Boats founder inducted into IGFA Hall of Fame

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Ranger Boats founder Forrest L. Wood was recently inducted into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame.

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In its induction of Wood, the association said: "Though Forrest sold Ranger Boats in 1987, two original trademarks remain: his white cowboy hat and his wife of almost 60 years, Nina, the First Lady of Ranger. Forrest and Nina are the two halves of the success story that is Ranger Boats, a company that rose to pre-eminence in the industry, took hold, set firsts and defined standards.

"And as Forrest helped make bass anglers rock stars, and fishing tournaments major media events, he never lost sight of the importance of the sport and the value of the experience to individuals and to families. For his enduring vision, the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame honors Forrest Wood."

Wood is also a member of the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, International Boating Hall of Fame and the National Marine Manufacturers Hall of Fame.

In addition to being the namesake of the FLW Tours, Wood has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from both the Sportfishing Association of America and the BASS Federations. He was named one of the "50 Legends of Fishing" by Field & Stream.

The IGFA's Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, Fla., is open to anglers, captains, scientists, conservationists, writers and industry leaders who make significant contributions to the sport.

Based in Flippin, Ark., Ranger Boats was founded in 1968 and is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats.

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