BASS is proud to announce that BASS founder Ray Scott is one of four finalists for the 2007 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year.
Budweiser, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will proudly award a $50,000 grant to a deserving conservationist. In addition, three runners-up will receive $5,000 grants to help fund on-the-ground conservation efforts.
As winner, Ray will distribute the award through the BASS Federation Nation Conservation Directors to be used in grassroots conservation programs that benefit anglers across the country.
Ray Scott is best known for his work in creating the world's largest fishing association, the Bass Angler's Sportsman Society. Today, BASS boasts more than 600,000 members and releases more than 98% of all bass caught at events, establishing the fish as a renewable resource. He introduced and promoted Catch and Release bass tournaments as a way of life for the modern bass angler and subsequently influenced salt water anglers as well.
Ray also established the Whitetail Institute of North America, an organization dedicated to quality deer management in the United States. For his work with the outdoors, Ray has been named one of the 20 greatest outdoor Americans of the 20th century.
How to vote
Go to www.budweiser.com.
Enter your date of birth to enter the site. Enter low bandwidth or high bandwidth.
From the top menu bar select Sports.
From the bottom menu bar of the next screen select Outdoors.
Press enter on the photo on the left that reads "Vote for the 2007 Conservationist of the Year"
Review the four candidates nominated for election
Underneath the copy for the conservationist of your choice, choose "Place my vote for "
All votes must be received by November 30, 2006. Must be 21 years or older to vote.