Two of the state's best known outdoor professionals - Jack Crockford and Don Pfitzer - were inducted last week into the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association's Hunting & Fishing Hall of Fame.
Crockford, born in 1923, was a primary force behind the reestablishment of Georgia's modern whitetail deer herd.
A native of Michigan, Crockford served in World War II in the Army Air Corps before launching his career with the Georgia Game and Fish Commission in 1947. Prior to his retirement in 1978, he held many positions, including director of game and fish.
In his early years, Crockford was assigned to catch whitetail deer on Ossabaw Island and relocate them in other parts of the state.
He developed the "CAP-CHUR" tranquilizer gun that is now the mainstay of wildlife capture and release efforts around the world.
Crockford is also a skilled knive maker and builder of muzzleloader rifles. One of his Kentucky flintlocks rifles commissioned for then Gov. Jimmy Carter hung in the White House during the Carter presidency.
Pfitzer is an author, outdoor film producer and trout expert. The Tennessee native served as a bomber pilot during World War II before landing a job as a ranger and naturalist with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the 1950s.
During his career, Pfitzer produced 13 outdoor films, dozens of major slide presentations and was recognized as one of the preeminent authorities on tailwater trout fisheries in the South, as well as insect life in southeastern waters.
Since retiring in 1988 as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's assistant regional director for the southeastern states, Pfitzer has continued to write and present nature programs.