Edward D. Yates
Edward D. Yates lives in the lower Susquehanna Valley in the small town of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Arlina.
He received a Congressional appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point upon graduation from high school, but he postponed attending the Academy in order to go to sea and gain some practical experience. He sailed as an ordinary seaman for Getty Oil Company, and his time on the Atlantic was enough to convince him that King’s Point and he would definitely not be a good match.
Ed took night classes in accounting at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and found his occupational niche in life. Today he holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, Widener University, and York College of Pennsylvania. In addition to his MBA, he is a CPA and has received the Elijah Watt Sells Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Ed was a longtime trustee at York College and has served three terms on the local school board. He is also a long-term volunteer for Big Brothers. He has served on the board of Junior Achievement and volunteered at Hunter and Trapper Education courses conducted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Over the years, he has been on more than 150 hunts spanning six continents and more than fifty countries. The hunts have come at a personal cost: Ed has permanent heart damage and came close to dying from a tick bite in Cameroon, was evacuated from a brown bear camp in Alaska due to a badly broken ankle, and is missing a big toe from when frostbite turned into gangrene while in the Arctic. Even with all this, he didn’t stop hunting.
The hunts Ed enjoys most are in the mountains. To date, he has taken 58 sheep and 41 goats. He has earned both the OVIS Super 40 and Capra Super 30 from Grand Slam Club/OVIS. He has also taken the North American 29 and the 21 spiral-horned antelopes of Africa. In addition, Ed received the 2011 Weatherby Award, the 2007 SCI International Hunting Award, the 2014 Conklin Award, the 2016 GSC/O OVIS Award, and was one of two inaugural inductees into the joint GSC/O and SCI Pantheon Award in 2013.