Bonefish & Tarpon Trust held its 5th Annual Big Apple Dinner on Tuesday night, and the big moment of the evening was the presentation of the “Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the Year” award to Leigh H. Perkins, Chairman of Orvis. Although he turned over the day-to-day running of the company to his sons, Perk and Dave, back in the early 1990s, LHP—as he is known ’round these parts—remains involved. But his real passions are fishing and hunting, and even at the age of 88, he continues to log more than 200 days in the field per year.
Before the actual presentation of the award, LHP’s longtime friend Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, offered a tribute, and according to Monte Burke of Forbes, “He teared up a bit as he spoke about the life and work of a man whom he said he ‘admired and respected.'”
The it was Lefty’s turn to take the dais and to hand over the award, which honor’s LHP’s conservation work and dedication to preservation of the fish and waters he so loves.
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2 thoughts on “Orvis’s Leigh Perkins Receives “Sportsman of the Year” Award from Bonefish & Tarpon Trust”
LHP was very kind to me over the years. I miss the few days we spent bird and turkey hunting. He is a good man.
Congratulations to Mr. Perkins, a well deserved honor. But to give any positive press to Huey Lewis, after all his efforts to privatize stream access in Montana, is very disappointing.