If you love to hunt or fish, you will enjoy visiting the newest exhibit at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches. It opens with a free reception and program Saturday morning from 10 a.m.-noon at the museum, located at 800 Front St. (at the traffic circle).
Anglers and hunters of all ages are invited to the kickoff event for an eight-month run of the “Lunkers and Specklebellies: Bass Fishing and Waterfowl Hunting in Louisiana” exhibit.
One of bass fishing’s all-time greats, Tommy Martin, headlines the program that begins at 10:30 a.m., moderated by local pro angler Steve Graf, host of the long-running Hook’n Up and Track’n Down radio show Wednesdays on KWKH AM Shreveport. Another local pro, Kevin Jeane of V&M Baits, is part of the program along with two women pro anglers, Penny McCurdy and Noella McLaurin, who are highly accomplished on the Lady Bass Pro circuit.
Appetizers and refreshments will be available courtesy of FLASH (Friends of Louisiana Sports and History), the local support group for the museum. The exhibit will run until Sept. 28.
Several more programs are slated and others are being developed, said museum manager Jennae Biddiscombe. Martin won the 1974 BassMasters Classic and reached 19 in his career, finishing in the top 5 six times, which is third-best in the sport’s history. The Hemphill, Texas, native was inducted in the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2003 and has fished in over 300 B.A.S.S. events in his career, ranking fifth all-time.