SOUTH CAROLINA MAN INDUCTED INTO ONE-SHOT HALL OF FAME
Gov. Mark Parkinson presents Rob Keck One-Shot Turkey Hunt honor
EL DORADO — Rob Keck of Edgefield, S.C., was inducted into the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Hall of Fame in El Dorado on April 17. Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson and former Kansas governor and hunt founder Mike Hayden presented Keck the award at the One Shot Banquet.
Hayden, the current secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, introduced Keck to 500 people from around the United States who were in attendance.
“Rob has done more to advance and promote turkey hunting than anyone in America,” said Hayden. “He has embraced the biology and technology of wild turkey management and developed extraordinary skill in calling and hunting. He has promoted turkey hunting from the average hunter to the White House.”
Keck has been a supporter of the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt since 1987, when the hunt began. During his 30-tenure at the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) — 27 years as CEO — Keck worked closely with former Kansas hunt president Marv McCown to establish a relationship between the Governor's One-Shot Hunt and NWTF. He facilitated a National JAKE Essay Contest for the Kansas event and introduced the hunt to many people from all walks of life. He has participated in the Kansas hunt as a celebrity many years and still remains a part of the hunt since his retirement from NWTF in 2008. Keck currently serves as director of conservation for Bass Pro Shops.
“We think Rob fits all the criteria for our Kansas Governor’s One-Shot Hall of Fame,” said Becky Wolfe, new chief executive officer of the event. “He has been an integral part of our success. He’s been with us since the beginning and deserves to be recognized for his efforts.”