Steve "Wildman" Wilson visits Region 8 Church

March 4, 2005 -- Posted at 9:37 p.m. CST


JONESBORO, AR -- Steve “Wildman”Wilson has been with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for the past 20 years.

In those 20 years, the "Wildman's" love for nature and all it has to offer has grown.

“When people think about hunters and fishermen, they always think about killing and catching; but it’s not about that at all,” said Steve Wilson.

"Wildman" Wilson spent Saturday evening with about 300 people gathered at the Forrest Home Church of the Nazarene in Jonesboro for their 8th annual “Wild Game Banquet”.

He says gatherings like the banquet are really about having fellowship with others.

“It’s really about getting with old friends, talking about going hunting.  My favorite part every hunting season is about two months before it starts,” said Wilson.

The wild game featured at the banquet included deer, duck, fish, antelope, and alligator.

While all the different types of wild game do draw the crowds in, organizers want participants to take something away from the event other than knowledge of the outdoors.

“We know that we’re going to get outdoorsmen here, some of which are Christians, some of which are not.  We want them to hear the gospel message,” said Kenny Tidwell, organizer of the event.

“I think one thing we have to guard against, as men especially, is we have to be careful not to worship the creation, but who created it for us,” said Wilson.

We can help accomplish that by teaching our children about nature.


Wilson says too many children spend their time “hunting” and “fishing” with video games instead of really getting out in nature.

“I think one of the biggest challenges we have at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is getting kids off the couch and outdoors,” said Wilson.