Ronnie Capps, an outdoorsman from northwest Tennessee resides near the shore of the famous “Earthquake Lake”, Reelfoot Lake where he has resided since childhood. His family’s businesses were related commercially to the lake so commercial hunting, fishing and trapping and businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and convenience stores owned by his family at Reelfoot were where all of his early experiences began. He credits his late grandfather, Jodie Randall Parker, a retired U.S. Navy Veteran for playing a large part in his love of the outdoors. Growing up, he and his grandfather were involved with hunting, fishing or trapping in some way on a daily basis. Catching Crappie was always one of their favorite things to do.
He is a graduate of Murray State University where he received degrees in Wildlife Biology & Fisheries Management. He also had a successful scholarship sports career playing college football as a decorated offensive lineman for Murray.
Being inspired by a professional friend from his childhood, Mr. Tarrant Wright, a Tennessee Game Warden, he became a Tennessee Wildlife Officer just after his college graduation. He now has over 20 years of experience as an enforcement officer dealing with wildlife, fish, and boating law. Other parts of his job include educating over 4,000 youth in outdoor knowledge and safety.
He has captured eight National Crappie Tournament Championships along with more than 100 single day competition crappie tournament events in various states throughout the US. This paved the road to his most cherished accomplishment, being inducted into the Legends in the Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2011.
Saturday, Feb. 21: 4:00 pm
Sunday, Feb. 22: 3:00 pm