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On this episode Joe speaks with David Yeates, the Chief Executive Officer of Texas Wildlife Association. We learn what TWA is, and why it is important to mentor others through TWAF. During this pandemic, we have seen a mass return to the outdoors as evidenced by the increase in hunting and fishing license sales, Yeates talks about this and then dives into legislation. Legislation; Appropriations, Rural property rights, Bigfoot hunting seasons, Wildlife valuations, Feral hog toxicants.
David Yeates is the Chief Executive Officer of Texas Wildlife Association, a 35-year-old organization with approximately 10,000 members. TWA focuses on natural resource education, hunter recruitment and retention, while maintaining a robust advocacy presence at the Texas Capitol.
Yeates graduated with an Agricultural Economics degree from Texas A&M University and completed the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. He worked in community banking for over 14 years, most recently serving as President of the New Braunfels and Seguin Banking Centers for Prosperity Bank prior to joining TWA in May of 2014.
His family still owns their fifth-generation homestead and continues to farm and ranch in the Rolling Plains of Texas. He is an avid hunter and angler, spending much of his recreational time in the field or on the coast. He has also been an active volunteer for several non-profits including Habitat for Humanity, Ducks Unlimited, and Coastal Conservation Association