Stop the presses. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed a woman to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, long the almost exclusive province of great white male hunters (typically with large bank accounts).
She is Anne Marie Hastings Doramus and is the first woman appointed to a full seven-year term on the commission, the governor said. One woman, Pat Peacock, served a partial term. She succeeds Ford Overton.
Hutchinson’s news release described “Anne Marie” as an avid duck hunter and bass angler. Her prepared statement referenced a favorite point of mine, that the state Game and Fish agency need not focus only on shooting creatures or hooking fish. She said in part:
Passing the torch of conservation is essential as we work to uphold the Natural State’s reputation of being a sportsmen’s paradise – not just for the sports involving hooks and bullets, but also for the hikers, bikers, paddlers, bird watchers, and many more.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas and Little Rock resident, she’s vice president of special projects and sales for Arkansas Bolt Company, started and operated by the Hastings family. She’s been a member of the board of the state Fair and Livestock Show and the Game and Fish Commission Foundation.
She is said to fly fish, mountain bike, play tennis and work with her retriever, Baron. She was a top golfer in her high school days at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock in 2008. She’s 27.
I didn’t have a suitable picture of the new commissioner in the original post and included this nice photo of a retriever from her Facebook page, which still seems fitting.