Robert L. “Bob” Cook, recently retired executive director of
the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, has been named Texas
Outdoorsman of the Year by past award recipients. The Texas Outdoorsmen
have been presenting this distinguished award for forty nine years. All
proceeds from their annual celebration benefit the Texas Wildlife
Association Foundation (TWAF).
“Bob Cook personifies the ideal
of a Texas outdoorsman,” TWAF President Charles Davidson said. “He is
equally at home in the Capitol or around a campfire. As a long-time
leader at Texas Parks and Wildlife, he helped shepherd Texas through
the transition from a rural to urban state, never letting anyone forget
that wild places and wild things are integral to Texas’ long-term
success. He is an ethical sportsman, a knowledgeable advocate and a
true friend of Texas’ hunters, anglers and land stewards. Bob is a
accomplished outdoorsman and an example of what the award was
established to represent.”
Cook began his career with the Texas
Parks and Wildlife Department in 1965. Early on, he served as a
wildlife biologist, manager of the Kerr Wildlife Management Area and as
the program leader for the Statewide White-tailed Deer Program. After
an 11-year stint in a private wildlife and ranching enterprise, Cook
returned to the department in 1990, serving as Wildlife Division
Director, Chief Operating Officer and the agency’s Executive Director.
He retired in 2008 and now manages his family’s property in Brown
Cook will be honored with a reception and dinner on
September 10, 2008, which will be held at the Texas Disposal Systems
Exotic Game Ranch and Pavilion near Creedmoor, Texas. Creedmoor is
located approximately 17 miles south of Austin.
The event is
open to the public and his many friends and colleagues. Tickets are
$35.00 person and will be available by calling 210-826-2904. The
evening event will be a celebration of all contributions to the Texas
outdoors that Bob Cook has made over the years. The list is long! “We
invite all of his friends, past employees and fellow outdoorsmen and
women to join us for the festivities,” said former award recipient and
event chairman Stan Studer Jr.
The prestigious award has been
presented 48 times since its inception in 1959. The Outdoorsmen have
presented the award only to San Antonio residents until last year.
Until 2005 it was hosted by the San Antonio Angler’s Club and was a San
Antonio based award. In 2007, the award’s scope was broadened to
include the residents of the entire State of Texas. Lee Bass was the
Texas Outdoorsman of the Year. Other past recipients include: Joseph
B.C. Fitzsimons, Louis Stumberg, Tim Hixon, Mark Watson, Bill Negley,
Charly McTee, and many others. Sponsorship opportunities are available.