On January 20th, the fishing and hunting world lost of one if it’s great champions to a courageous battle with kidney cancer.
Jim Range was bigger than life, a modern day Daniel Boone, always wearing a big smile over his Eastern Tennessee drawl while delivering blunt, straight-shooting rhetoric. His frontier was modern day politics. He led the charge to enhance and protect habitat, fish and wildlife.
Jim’s finely honed political savvy evolved from his being Chief Legal Counsel to Senate majority leader Howard Baker back in the 70’s, his subsequent efforts with legal firm Baker Donelson and his Chairmanship of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. His association with a litany of Boards that address fishing and hunting issues ran the gamut from Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited to American Sportfishing Association and American Fly Fishing Trade Association. He was equally at home on the Hill in Washington, DC as he was in Craig, MT.
Jim’s passion for the outdoors led him to numerous hunting fields and fishable waters on every part of the globe. The world is much brighter for us because of this great soul. Godspeed Jim.
Contribution by Bill Klyn