Hager, 70, a past chairman, has been on Delta’s Board since January 2007.

A St. Louis native, Hager retired from Hager Companies, where he was vice chairman, president and chief operating officer. He was the 8th president of the company that has borne the family name since the mid-1800s.

Long an advocate for waterfowl and flood plain conservation, he has been on the Board of St. Louis’s Great Rivers Habitat Alliance since its founding in 2000.

Hager’s father introduced him to duck hunting when he was 8 years old, which is when he shot his first mallard drake. Hager has passed the passion on to his son, just as his father did for him. Moving to Montana upon retirement, Hager also became an avid big-game hunter and fly angler.

Hager was introduced to Delta by former president Rob Olson, and he soon became an ardent and constant supporter.

“It is clear to me Delta is The Duck Hunters Organization that supports local access issues, introduces women and youngsters to waterfowl hunting, and above all, works to raise more ducks for the fall flights,” Hager said. “We will never restore enough waterfowl habitat to offset our annual losses, but I know Delta can make the habitat we have more productive through its Hen House and Predator Management programs.”