UP native climbs way to Outdoors Hall of Fame

  • Peyton McKinnie (far left), Southern Regional Director for the Legends of The Outdoors National Hall of Fame and Garry Mason (founder), stand with soon-to-be inductee Paul Meeks, originally of Spencer. (photo at right) Meeks began stumping for his climbing stands 40 years ago. Submitted photos
    Peyton McKinnie (far left), Southern Regional Director for the Legends of The Outdoors National Hall of Fame and Garry Mason (founder), stand with soon-to-be inductee Paul Meeks, originally of Spencer. (photo at right) Meeks began stumping for his climbing stands 40 years ago. Submitted photos
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Garry Mason, Founder of the Legends of The Outdoors National Hall of Fame, and Peyton Mckinnie, Southern Regional Director, recently announced that Paul Meeks of Tallulah, will be inducted into Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame, August 15th, in Nashville, TN.

Meeks was inducted into La. State Chapter of the Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame, in Sept. of 2019, in Monroe at the Barak Shrine Temple.

Meeks invented one of the first climbing deer stands and started API Outdoors, Along with numerous other accomplishments. At one time he had 350 employees manufacturing stands. He sold API to Bass Pro Shops several years ago, and now owns Great Day Inc., with his son Ilar Paul Meeks.

Ilar Paul, upon the retirement of his dad, assumed the leadership of Great Day. The company continues to maintain its position as leader of the outdoor industry and grow its product range to over 200 products, which are 100 percent manufactured in America.

Paul Meeks grew up in the Spencer community of Union Parish. He is a graduate of Linville High School and Northeast Louisiana University.

Meeks will be only the 5th Outdoor Industry Sportsman from Louisiana to receive this National Award Induction.

Some of the previous inductee’s include Will Primos, Harold Knight, David Hale, Preston Pittman, Ray Eye, Ray Scott, Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Jimmy Houston, Pete Shipley, Michael Waddell, Drury Brothers, Jerry Antley, Terry Denmon, and Eli Haydel. For a Complete list go to Legendsoftheoutdoors.com