Montana’s third class of inductees into the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame will soon take their place alongside many of the state’s conservation giants.

From anglers and backcountry outfitters to Native American and environmental advocates to authors and academics, Montana would surely not be the place it is today without the 16 men and women to be inducted Dec. 1.

The Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame began in 2014. It was created to honor individuals who made lasting contributions to the restoration and conservation of Montana. The awards also seek to capture the stories of those enshrined to enhance public awareness of Montana’s conservation history.

“I think the enthusiasm for the effort that started several years ago has only grown,” said Bruce Whittenberg, director of the Montana Historical Society, where the hall of fame is archived. “It’s a highly energized night because these folks are celebrating their heroes, their sacrifices and hard work that give us the culture and the scenery that we have.”

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Dec. 1 hall of fame banquet, visit www.montanaoutdoorhalloffame.org.

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