Yandell, 63, has been chairman of the board since 2017, and he has served on Delta Waterfowl’s board since October 2012.

He has a diverse business background with experience in agriculture, oil and gas, wireless telecommunications and real estate. In 2010, he became a partner at Heritage Land and Development, a company that redevelops historical buildings. Yandell holds degrees from Woodberry Forest School, Rhodes College, and the University of Mississippi Law School. He has been a member of the Mississippi Bar since 1981.

His hunting career began at age 6, taking a single-shot .410 afield for doves. He went on his first duck hunt two years later at a flooded timber club in Mississippi.

“I love any type of wingshooting, but duck hunting is my favorite,” Yandell said. “I like to hunt ducks in all types of environments – marsh, pond or green timber. When I as young, my favorite duck was the ring-necked ducks because they are so fast. I remember when hunting with my father, I would want to shoot the ringnecks and he wanted to shoot the mallards.”

Of his role on the board, he said, “With Delta’s strong commitment to duck production, conserving breeding duck habitat, hunter recruitment and retention, we are poised to make an even greater impact for duck hunters. Our goals for Delta are to increase membership, revenues and operational capacity to make more ducks and more hunters now and in the future.”