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Founder Of AWR Passes
 
By AON Staff
Posted Friday March 2 2018, 11:37 AM
 
Dennis Campbell recently passed away. Campbell founded the Alabama Whitetail Records book in 1986 and was once director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation.
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Dennis Campbell, the man who gave Alabama deer hunters something to strive for with his creation of the Alabama Whitetail Records (AWR) book in 1986, has died at age 67.

Campbell, a lifelong resident of Sumiton, fought a five-year battle with cancer.

Campbell transferred ownership of AWR in 2012 to Hale and Michael Smith, and the deer-records program continues.

After learning of his cancer five years ago, Campbell frequently said, “I want to live until I die.” He did just that. In early 2017, he took a safari to Cameroon, Africa and another safari to South Africa in early August 2017.

Campbell hunted on every continent that has game that can be hunted during his more than 50-year hunting career, and he took more than 500 trophy animals. He had more than 400 trophies entered in the Safari Club International record book and had earned all of SCI’s top awards, including the World Conservation and Hunting Award.

Dennis Campbell became a director for the Alabama Wildlife Federation in 1977 and began AWF’s life membership program. He became the first life member. He was a founding member of the Alabama Chapter of Safari Club International in the late 1970s.

As founder of the record book for Alabama whitetail deer, he published six editions. Campbell was also an original investor in GON magazine, a company that later spawned AON.

Campbell is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two sons and one daughter.
 
 
 
 
 
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