My name is David McNeal (my friends just call me Dave or David) I have been called on occasion a lot of things (laughing) but none of them seem to have changed me in any way. I live in Saint George, Kansas just about forty-five minutes from Fort Riley.
I am seventy-two (seventy-three in May) and have been married to my wife (Kate a yankee) for forty-nine years in March (all her fault, I would never have put up with me for that long). We have five grown children, at least a dozen grandkids and two great-grandkids.
I am a retired soldier and former Marine. I served with the First Marine Division in Vietnam in 1969-1970. I speak the Vietnamese language though not as fluently as I once did. I still speak enough that I could get around if I had to.
Politically I would be called a deplorable (conservative right-wing constitutionalist); and I believe in the rule of law, due process, and the second amendment. God Bless America!
I enjoy up-land bird and turkey hunting, fly fishing, golf, photography, camping, and writing an occasional lie for publication. In the fall I coach youth flag football and belong to the National Association of Youth Sports where the emphasis is fundamentals and above all FUN! In the spring I facilitate a youth turkey hunt in cooperation with the Fort Riley Outdoorsman’s Group (F.R.O.G.) and MWR. I belong to the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and believe in their save the habitat, save the hunt program. In June of 2013 I was recognized by Field and Stream as one of their three heroes of conservation though some of my friends thought that it should have been “hero of conversation”. I am also a hunter education instructor for the State of Kansas and have taught several thousand students, having the joy of adding them to the rosters of would-be woodsmen. We are one generation from extinction!
I have hunted every inch of Fort Riley for over thirty years and during that time I have had both the honor and privilege of hunting with thousands of hunters from all over the world. I still keep in contact with a lot of them, and I am truly blessed to have been a part of their experience.
Yes! I still guide but not as much as I did in my younger days and when I do guide I’m usually not out that long. I do not charge or expect anything for guiding. It has never been my way to charge friends for sharing a day in the field with me. Believe me, I’m not THAT special!
I have an immense love for Fort Riley and the men and women who protect this country and the environmentalist who protect our natural resources. I am extremely proud of the folks at the Environmental Division (especially our Conservation Officers) and the great job they do in making Fort Riley a PREMIERE model for safe and abundant recreation.
That’s about all from me (a little long winded I know) but I would love to hear from you, so e-mail me right here firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at (785)477-6467.
Make it a great day!