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Forrest L. Wood


Forrest L. Wood

Wood Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Flippin, Arkansas


Forrest L. Wood is known internationally as the "father of the modern bass boat." He founded the Wood Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Flippin, Ark., in 1968 to manufacture Ranger Boats. These innovative boats spawned a multi-billion-dollar industry in sport fishing and went far to promote the growth of the bass tournaments.

Commissioner Emeritus of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, he is widely recognized for his contributions to conservation causes and has been inducted into five sport-related halls of fame.


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