Tradition. Conservation. Family. The Outdoors. It matters to you. It matters to us. This is “Hunting Matters”, presented by the Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF). With HSCF Executive Director Joe Betar. Join Joe as he engages in conversations with guests, from various backgrounds, that have a passion for hunting and conservation. Great discussions, news, hunting legislation and more! Listen and discover. "Hunting Matters".
Scott joined the MidwayUSA Foundation in June of 2019. Prior to becoming the Foundation’s Executive Director, he completed a 20-year military career in the U.S. Marine Corps, followed by a 15-year corporate career. Scott served globally in a variety of senior- and executive-level leadership positions with Honeywell International, General Electric, and Oceaneering International across the aerospace and energy sectors. After retiring from his corporate career, he established and ran a successful real estate investment business in Pensacola, Florida.
In addition to multiple business certifications, Scott has a BS in Business Management from National-Louis University, a master’s certificate in Project Management from Arizona State University, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a certified private pilot, has a passion for the shooting sports and youth development, and was raised in rural Missouri. He is married and has three daughters and one grandson.
Barret Simpson Pt 2.
Co-owner and GM of Conroe Taxidermy, one of the largest taxidermy shops in the nation. He has been involved from receiving to installation for over 30 years.
Barret has traveled extensively across the globe – both as a guide and a hunter. He has also taken his expertise to various museums – including The Ark Encounter in Kentucky, The Houston Museum of Natural Science and The Wildlife Museum of San Juan in Puerto Rico, just to name a few.
His passion is trophy room design. Barret is always looking to expand the offerings of Conroe Taxidermy to make the most of any space for the avid hunter. Some of his unique ideas come in the form of trees, mountains, and most recently the night sky. Working with craftsman to make these ideas a reality is where most of his time is spent.
He is currently moving around the state, meeting ranch owners and managers, working to keep hunting alive and well in spite of the global pandemic.
Tim Knesek And Mike Tippit
Tim Knesek is the Capital Farm Credit Market President for the Houston Sales Region which is made up of 14 lending offices located within the Southeastern part of Texas. Tim began his career with the Farm Credit System in 1987 working in the South Texas market area before moving to the La Grange office in 1995 where he focused on lending in the Houston/San Antonio/Austin triangle. In January 2020, Tim began leading the 14-office sales team which serves the Houston Market footprint. Tim obtained his undergraduate and his graduate degrees from Texas A&M University. Tim and his wife Susan live on their small farm near La Grange and have two adult daughters, Jordan and Madison. Both daughters, and grandson Hudson, have enjoyed many hours with Tim sharing his love for the outdoors.
Dennis M. "Mike" Tippit is a Regional VP of Sales with Capital Farm Credit in the Houston Market Area. Mr. Tippit is a 24 year veteran of the Farm Credit System starting out as a Summer Intern at the Farm Credit Bank of Texas in 1996 and eventually becoming a full-time employee later that year with Capital Farm Credit after earning a Bachelor's Degree from Texas A&M University. Mr. Tippit earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2004. He has worked in and/or led lending teams in 10 different offices in South and Southeast Texas during his tenure with Capital Farm Credit. Mr. Tippit's area of expertise is in long term real estate lending, particularly in urban markets. He lives in Katy, Texas with his wife, Stephanie, and their 4-year-old daughter, Sara.
Carter Smith serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), a position he has held since January of 2008.
A native of Central Texas, Smith developed his passion for wildlife and the out-of-doors at a young age while roaming his family’s farm and ranchland interests in Gonzales, Williamson, and Edwards Counties.
He has a wildlife management degree from Texas Tech and a master’s degree in conservation biology from Yale University. As a wildlife biologist, he has worked on projects across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
He serves on a number of conservation-related boards and advisory councils, including the Texas Land Trust Council and the Katy Prairie Conservancy. As the past Chairman of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, he currently serves on the Executive Committee of that association and is the former President of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He also served as Chair of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and is a professional member of the Boone & Crockett Club, a lifetime member of the Texas Bighorn Society, the Dallas Safari Club, and the Houston Safari Club.
Land Tawney, President/CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA), a North American membership-conservation organization based in Missoula, MT. BHA is dedicated to serving as the voice for our wild public lands, waters, and wildlife.
As President/CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers since 2013, Tawney has helped expanded the organization from a 1000 members and a handful of chapters to nearly 40,000 members and chapters that cover 48 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and one territory.
Tawney works every day with a talented staff and over 700 plus volunteer leaders to make sure all Americans have access to public lands and wares and the fish and wildlife habitat when they get there.
Tawney was raised in Montana, where he hunted and fished from an early age. He earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana in 2000. His conservation career now spans two decades.
Prior to working at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Tawney worked for other conservation organizations including the National Wildlife Federation and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Some people are just born communicators and Lucas Hoge has that gift. Fans know this because Hoge's new album Dirty South ascended to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Album Sales chart during its debut week. Whether he’s per- forming for troops overseas, sharing his love for the great outdoors with fellow sportsmen at an outdoor gathering or writing another song for a hit TV show, Hoge has that rare ability to find common ground with just about anyone and draw them into his world.
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A solid listen in less than an hour with various guests discussing various topics about hunting-from gear to legislation.
A very informative and interesting podcast about hunting and conservation. Highly recommend.