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Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame

Third inductee nomination process now open through December 31, 2017


We have inducted 25 amazing individuals into the Hall of Fame.   Now we are ready to work on a third batch and are looking for your help in nominating.  See the Nomination form 2017 (PDF File – word file is above)

The first batch of 12 inductees is highlighted in the December 6, 2014 program.

The second batch of inductees is highlighted in the 2016 Hall of Fame Program.

The Hall of Fame was created to honor individuals, both living and posthumous, who made significant and lasting contributions to the restoration and conservation of Montana’s wildlife and wild places.

The focus of the awards is not only to recognize Montana’s historical and contemporary conservation leaders, but also to capture the stories of these individuals in an effort to contribute to public awareness and education.

Jim Posewitz has been the force behind the creation of the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame. Jim had the idea after attending the 7th annual Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame banquet as a guest speaker. When he returned to Montana, he approached various non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, The Montana Historical Society and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to create an Outdoor Hall of Fame for Montana. He was met with a good response which resulted in organizing members and securing funding.   Now chaired by Tom Baumeister, the committee is still active in recognizing people that have paved the way for quality conservation in Montana and helping future stewards through seeing how others have individually made a difference.

The nomination for the third round of honorees to be honored in 2018 is underway. Applications will be available on October 1, 2017 and will be accepted through December 31, 2017. Then a selection committee will review each application and finalize the honorees to be announced in the fall of 2018.

Besides the Outdoor Legacy Foundation, our primary sponsors are the Cinnabar Foundation and NorthWestern Energy. Other partners involved in the Hall of Fame include Montana Historical Society, Montana Wildlife Federation, Montana Wilderness Association, Montana Trout Unlimited and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Additional sponsorships are available. Contact Ariel Rademaker at

The Outdoor Hall of Fame was featured in the Montana Outdoors Magazine. Hall of Fame inductees will be archived at the Montana Historical Society. The third induction awards and ceremony will be held in the fall of 2018.