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Forrest L. Wood
Forrest WoodInternationally known as the "Father of the Modern Bass Boat," Forrest L. Wood was born June 9, 1932 in the tiny town of Flippin, in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.
Raised to ranch and farm life, Forrest worked cattle and the land. Forrest married his childhood sweetheart, Nina Kirkland,
The now famous Ranger Boat Company was founded in 1968
An excellent fisherman and guide, Forrest brought innovation to the simple boats of his day.
Forrest helped pioneer the sport of competitive bass fishing. Personally fishing the B.A.S.S. circuit, he did well, qualifying for two of the prestigious BassMasters Classic events and went on to become the foremost innovator of bass boat design and safety He designed and patented the first aerated livewells.
Forrest has been widely recognized for his personal and financial contributions to conservation causes, and was inducted into the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, the International Boating Hall of Fame, the National Marine Manufacturers Hall of Fame, and the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation Outdoor Hall of Fame, and received the American Sport fishing Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. He, along with his wife, best friend and teammate, Nina, was prominently featured in the books, "Rare Breed-The Entrepreneur, An American Culture" and "Living Legends of Fishing." In 2003 the B.A.S.S. Federations presented Forrest with the Lifetime Achievement Award as a "visionary in the bass boat industry
He and Nina also continue riding herd over the family's extensive cattle ranch. In 1998, Forrest was humbled by the responsibility of being appointed to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, helping to ensure conservation efforts in Arkansas and is presently serving as Commissioner Emeritus.