Jason Tharpe grew up an avid waterfowler in the town of Bastrop, Louisiana. Though he works largely behind the scenes while overseeing Delta’s affairs as chief operating officer, he’s one of the organization’s most respected minds on all matters affecting ducks and duck hunters.

“I bring a no-nonsense business perspective to our discussions,” Tharpe said. “Yes, I’m the ‘beans and bullets’ guy who reminds everyone we have to pay the electric bill. But after 16 years at Delta, I like to think I still bring the perspective of the everyday duck hunter.”

Tharpe joined the Delta Waterfowl staff in 2002 as one of the original regional directors — a period of transition in which Delta shifted from an exclusively research institution to The Duck Hunters Organization, committed to producing ducks and securing the future of waterfowl hunting in North America.

“I am a passionate waterfowler with two boys, ages 16 and 19,” said Tharpe, who holds degrees in paper science and technology, non-profit leadership and management, and psychology. “It excites me every day to know that I am contributing to their ability to hunt waterfowl and hopefully pass it along to their children.”

Tharpe enjoys hunting ducks with his black Lab, Jack, fishing, camping and skiing.

jtharpe@deltawaterfowl.org