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The Roving Fisherman

The following column was submitted by the family of Duffie Bryant, the longtime Batesville businessman, radio host and outdoors writer who passed away Friday night, February 28. Per Mr. Bryant’s wishes, this was to be his final column published.

This will be the last “Roving Fisherman” article. I have enjoyed many years of writing and radio broadcasting, but more than the joy of doing those things, I have mostly enjoyed hearing from all the listeners and readers.

I want to thank everyone for the wonderful memories.

From the “Hunting and Fishing Club of the Air” radio program which started in 1955 — first on KBTA-AM and then for many years on KWOZ-FM…to 1977, when, as a member of the Outdoor Writers Association, an article I wrote on the effects of the Alaska pipeline on the wildlife was published in the Arkansas Democrat…to 1997, when the “Roving Fisherman” articles began to run in the Arkansas Weekly…

Thank you all for your comments and expressions of appreciation. I want to give a special thanks to Rob Grace of the Arkansas Weekly for editing many of these articles to correct my spelling and grammar. He has gone above and beyond to make me look good.

Until we meet in the great hunting woods or fishing hole in the sky, I’ve “Gone Fishin’.” ***

Fisherman’s Prayer I pray that I may live to fish

Until my dying day,

And when it comes to my last cast,

I then most humbly pray

When in the Lord’s great landing net

And peacefully asleep

That in His mercy I be judged

BIG ENOUGH TO KEEP!