The 13-member Council will advise state agencies and the General Assembly on the promotion of outdoor recreational activities, including, but not limited to, fishing, horseback riding, camping, hiking and bird watching, to preserve North Carolina's outdoor heritage for future generations.
Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council Members
Durham resident Sue Gray was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve a 3-year term on the Council. An outdoor enthusiast and horseperson, she comes from a family of lifelong National Rifle Association members who enjoy hunting, fishing and horseback riding in the woods. Sue works for the N.C. Horse Council advocating for polices, laws, rules and regulations that impact the equine community. Her main interests are in improving access to public lands and making sure that youth will be able to participate in outdoor activities that continue the state’s cultural heritage.
Travis Stephenson, originally from Johnston County, now lives on the Pamlico River near Washington with his wife Amy and their five-year-old daughter Lily. He was appointed to the Council by Governor Pat McCrory to serve a 2-year term. Travis spent nearly 15 years in the marine and fishing industries with Triton Boat Company and a fishing publication based out of Garner. Today he is the CEO of Pitt Electric in Greenville. When he’s not spending time with his family on the Pamlico, Travis enjoys hunting and fishing in eastern North Carolina.
Kevin Howell of Pisgah Forest was appointed to the Council by Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger. He will serve a 2-year term as a legislative appointee. As the owner of Davidson River Outfitters, he turned his passion into his vocation and has spent the last 20 years instructing thousands of people in the art of fly fishing. He especially enjoys working with children and sharing his passion for the outdoors.
Arthur Dick of Greensboro was appointed to a 3-year term by Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger. He has great concern for wildlife and the future of hunting. He enjoys bow hunting for whitetails, followed closely by hunting for ducks, dove and quail. He is a certified land inspector for the Quality Deer Management Association and a certified Prescribed Fire Burn Boss for the NC Forest Service, as well as a certified Deer Steward III through QDMA. His passions include habitat management geared toward early successional improvements and sharing his knowledge with others to help further the hunting tradition.
Dell Murphy was appointed to the Council for a 4-year term by Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves spending time with his family, fishing, hunting and being outdoors. He is president of Murphy Family Ventures, a management company that provides a wide array of support services to businesses. Dell believes that children are the decision makers of tomorrow. Through his work on the Council, he hopes to instill a love and respect for the outdoors by providing education and opportunity through outreach across the state.
Cameron Boltes of Washington was appointed by House Speaker Tim Moore to serve a 3-year term. He is passionate about getting kids and first-timers outdoors. Professionally, he works in wildlife property management. Cameron enjoys spending his free time boating with his wife and three children. His favorite hobbies include duck hunting, saltwater fly fishing and flounder gigging. His main focus on the Council will be improving opportunities for youth to enjoy all of the outdoor experiences North Carolina has to offer.
New Bern native Owen Andrews was appointed to a 4-year term by Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger. He is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast who enjoys spending time hunting and fishing with family and friends. He is a member of many organizations that support the protection of our environment and waterways, including the Coastal Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Owen manages a fifth-generation family business based in Craven County. His main emphasis as a Council member will be preserving and promoting our outdoor heritage.
William “Larry” Stone of Kings Mountain was appointed to the Council for a 4-year term by House Speaker Tim Moore. Larry works as a Lean Manufacturing Facilitator for Daimler Trucks North America LLC in Gastonia. He is a dedicated husband, father of three children and an avid year-round hunter. He loves hunting deer, squirrel, rabbit and turkey and trout fishing in the North Carolina mountains. Larry also enjoys providing hunting experiences for local youth. As part of the Council, he hopes to promote hunting opportunities and outdoor experiences for the youth of North Carolina.
George Wrenn Ragsdale of Jamestown was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory and will serve a 4-year term. He is a managing partner of the Wrennovation Companies and serves as a vice-president with Wells Fargo. An avid outdoorsman, George and his family enjoy hunting, fishing and paddling the Deep River. He is passionate about North Carolina's outdoor heritage and feels it is a gift that we all should cherish. George is an active member of many preservation and conservation groups and is excited about the opportunity to promote, preserve and protect outdoor opportunities for future generations of North Carolinians.
Harry M. Shaw of Wilmington was appointed to the Council by House Speaker Tim Moore and will serve a 2-year term. Originally from Bladen County, Harry is CEO of CCP Concrete Pumping Co. and presides over Shaw Family Investments. He is passionate about spending time outdoors with his family and friends. His main emphasis as a council member is promoting outdoor opportunities for young people to bring better understanding of nature and its value.
David Hoyle, Jr. of Dallas was appointed to the Council for a 4-year term by John Litton Clark, chairman of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. He is an avid hunter, angler and trapper who served for 12 years as a commissioner for Wildlife Resources Commission. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Resa and his sons Will and Blair. David develops residential and commercial real estate and manages multiple small businesses including a metal fabrication shop, a gun store and a real estate appraisal company. He hopes that his tenure on the Council will help introduce people of all ages to the outdoors.