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Biography

Bob Scammell was one of the most influential writers about hunting, fishing, outdoor sports, recreation, and conservation.

An award winning outdoor sports writer, photographer, and conservation activist since the 1960s, Bob's weekly columns were a popular feature for 47 years in the Red Deer Advocate and many other Alberta newspapers. His columns and articles helped preserve public lands and access to it so that people might enjoy outdoor recreations. His third book, Good Old Guys, Alibis & Outright Lies, was a Canadian best-seller and won the (OWC's) Outdoor Writers of Canada's 1997 Outstanding Book Award.

Bob practiced law for 37 years in Red Deer. He brought to his outdoors writing the same skills as a wordsmith and advocate that he used in the courtroom. He was a clever, funny, insightful, and influential writer. His works that described the hunting and angling opportunities in Alberta appeared in many provincial, national, and international publications.

Bob was an early proponent of catch-and-release fishing. He was a member of the first-ever Canadian team in the World Fly Fishing Championship in England in 1987. He also worked to repair and restore damaged fish and wildlife habitats in Alberta.

Bob was a leader, volunteer, and executive in many important conservation organizations, including the Alberta Fish and Game Association, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, and the Outdoor Writers of Canada.

Bob Scammell received numerous awards and honours, including the 1977 Fulton Trophy, the highest award of the Alberta Fish and Game Association. In 1983 he was named Outdoorsman of the Year by Winchester Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Outdoor Writers of Canada, for, "through his untiring efforts in conservation work, interest in the outdoors, and sportsmanship in the field, having done most to promote the great Canadian outdoors. In 2003, he was inducted into the Order of the Bighorn the Alberta government's highest honour to a conservationist. In 2005 he received the Roderick Haig-Brown award of the CWF, for "outstanding conservation achievement," and, in 2011, he received the Wildlife Defender Award of the Alberta Wilderness Association.

By inducting Bob Scammell into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, we are also honouring the hundreds of thousands of Albertans who take to our fields, forests, streams, lakes, and mountains each year to enjoy the wonderful Alberta outdoors sporting tradition and we are also reconfirming the enduring bond Albertans have with our great outdoors.

Since Induction:

  • 2012 - Outdoors Writers of Canada (OWC) COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS
    THE NATIONAL FISHING WEEK WRITING AWARDS
    1st - Bob Scammell
    Title: Fishing Community is a Family
    Published by: The Red Deer Advocate

    MAGAZINE FEATURE FISHING
    3rd - Bob Scammell (Award of Merit)
    Title: Secrets of the Phenological Fishing
    Published by: The Old Farmer's Almanac
  • 2013 - Outdoors Writers of Canada (OWC) COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS
    THE NATIONAL FISHING WEEK WRITING AWARDS
    1st - Bob Scammell
    Title: The Grandfather Clause
    Published by: Alberta Outdoorsmen
  • 2013 – Bob received a certificate of Appreciation from Trout Unlimited Canada for his nearly five decades of contributions to trout fishing.