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Beast Feast, Recovering America’s Wildlife Act And More Rogue Waves

I’m looking forward to Beast Feast tonight at Ford Arena in Beaumont!

Higher Calling Wildlife will have a booth in the expo and I have the honor and privilege of getting to speak for a few minutes.

We’ve given away about 30 tickets and have a few more left. Message me if you’re interested.

It’s going to be a great event. Don’t miss!

You can get tickets here.

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) is currently racing through Congress with unprecedented bipartisan support. RAWA could bring $50 million to the state to help protect wildlife, restore land and give Texans more ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Help is needed to get RAWA to the finish line. The public is encouraged to contact their U.S. senators and representatives to vote “yes” for this important legislation according to officials with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

On a national level, RAWA would provide $1.4 billion in dedicated annual funding for proactive collaborative efforts by state and tribal wildlife conservation initiatives to support at-risk wildlife populations and their habitats. The funding would come from existing revenues without new taxes or government programs.

State agencies throughout the country have identified 12,000 species in need of conservation assistance in federally approved State Wildlife Action Plans. These plans would help guide spending from RAWA.  Additionally, tribal nations would receive $97.5 million annually to fund proactive wildlife conservation efforts on tens of millions of acres of land. At least 15 percent of the resources would be used to recover species listed as threatened or endangered.

“The litany of ways natural resources bolster the Texas economy and improve our quality of life is seemingly endless,” said Carter Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“Studies show property values can increase up to 20 percent when adjacent to natural areas. Natural buffers make coasts and communities more resilient to intense storms and flood events, thereby protecting our citizens and saving billions of dollars in recovery costs. While it would do much to protect fish and wildlife that need it most, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would also mean a long-term investment in the public health and well-being of all Texans, as well as stewardship of our home ground.”

More Rogue Waves (Wild Story!)

A few weeks ago, I mentioned research on rogue waves in bay systems and ship channels.

The response has been wild!

I will be doing a major feature in Texas Fish & Game in the July/August issue on the topic but thought I would share an account I just received here.

This one is quite intense and it comes from Dan Elder.

Two years ago on a Sunday morning my brother and I were wade fishing on the North side of the ship channel between Port Aransas and Corpus Christi.  

“We looked to our left and saw an enormous wave approaching us that seemed like a mile away.  It was a perfect wave, tall and breaking. As it approached, we could see dolphins jumping and riding the wave. It looked to be 6-10 feet tall and we thought it was some form of tidal wave.  We had no idea what we were seeing and ran toward the shore line from chest deep water.  We ran frantically because we thought we were going to die.  As we finally got to the very shallow water (10 minutes of running), the wave hit, knocking my anchored boat about 60 yards, and hitting us (who were at waters edge with a 2 or 3 foot wall of water.”

“We then looked toward Port Aransas and saw the very large ship and realized the cause of the wave.    Full cargo of oil going too fast down the channel. We called and reported the event to the Coast Guard.”

Since that time, I have seen a similar event from my boat. Same location, but wave not as large. This is a busy sea lane with many small boats and some wade fishermen.  I don’t know if there is a speed limit for these ships, but there should be because the wave created in the first incident could have easily swamped a small boat. “

After posting an article at fishgame.com asking for rogue wave stories, I got an email from David Clark, the Recreational Boater Safety Representative for the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee in the Houston- Galveston area. 

He is also Chairman of a Working Group that was formed in early 2021 to increase recreational boater awareness of the waves generated by ships transiting the Houston Ship Channel. 

“We designed signage that will be placed at the boat ramps and other locations around the Galveston Bay Complex. The signs are being manufactured now and installation should begin in May. Currently, 5”x7” cards of the sign graphic are being displayed, along with other boating safety literature, at bait shops, marinas, fishing tackle stores, etc., in the area. The signs will have a QR code that directs people to the Recreational Boater Resources area of the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee’s website,” he said.

As far as coastal stories go, this is in my opinion on par with the award-winning great whites of the Gulf Coast series of articles we have published. It is deeply interesting.

What’s coming in the next issue will be a truly unique look at situations too many anglers find themselves in more frequently than I even thought.

And a personal encounter with one of these rogue waves in the Sabine system is what inspired a look into the issue.

The story hopes to raise awareness and save lives.

And it might just send cold shivers down your spine.

Some of these stories are pretty intense.

Chester Moore

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Powerful Program On Wild Sheep, Plus Moore to appear on “Hunting Matters”

A powerful episode of Higher Calling Wildlife-the podcast is up with Wild Sheep Foundation President & CEO Gray Thornton.

We talk in-depth about the history of wild sheep conservation, what it takes to put and keep wild sheep on the mountain and why hunters should consider getting more deeply involved in conservation.

Click to listen.

Moore To Appear On “Hunting Matters” Saturday

Check out this news release from the Houston Safari Club Foundation (HSCF).

HSCF and “Hunting Matters” welcomes Chester Moore, Editor-In-Chief of Texas Fish & Game magazine.

Chester will appear on the show this Saturday, 6am-7am CDT on KPRC AM 950 – Real Texas, Real Talk, a Houston iHeartMedia station.

Update: If you missed the show click the here to listen to the podcast.

Chester Moore is an award-winning wildlife journalist and conservationist. He is Editor-In-Chief of Texas Fish & Game magazine and contributes to Sports Afield, Hunter’s Horn, Deer & Deer Hunting, Tide, The Lakecaster and many others. He is host of “Moore Outdoors” on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI and of The Higher Calling podcast.

He is author of fifteen books including Hog Wild: Hog Hunting Facts, Tips & Strategies, Texas Waterfowl and Flounder Fever. Chester is a lifelong hunter and angler who enjoys everything from bowhunting wild turkeys to surf fishing for sharks to fly fishing for rainbow trout.

Chester Moore with Houston Safari Club Foundation Exec. Director and “Hunting Matters” host Joe Betar at the KPRC Studios.

He was awarded the Advocatus Magni Award in 2020 from the National Wild Turkey Federation for his work with wild turkeys, the Mossy Oak Outdoors Legacy award in 2017 for his work with children and wildlife and was named a “Hero Of Conservation” by Field & Stream magazine. Altogether he has won more than 150 awards for conservation, writing, radio and photography.

On the program Moore will talk about wild turkeys ranging from their life habits o conservation issues.

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The Importance Of Conservation (Video)

Two weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking at the second annual Hunt-Fish Podcast Summit at the Warren Ranch.

The summit is the vision of Derek York of the Impact Outdoors Podcast.

Addressing outdoors podcasters, conservation leaders and industry upstarts, the mission was to inspire conservation action and to create a NOW generation of of conservationists.

It’s probably the best speech (so far) of my career.

Check it out here and let me know what you think in the comment section below.

If you feel led, share on your social platforms and email lists.

I believe this is an important message at a critical juncture in the conservation world.

Chester Moore

Thanks to Paul Fuzinski of Aptitude Outdoors for filming and editing the speech.

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Higher Calling Wildlife (Podcast) Wins Big, Signs With Waypoint Podcast Network

Higher Calling Wildlife, the podcast hosted by wildlife journalist and conservationist and Texas Fish & Game Editor-In-Chief Chester Moore is kicking off 2022 in big fashion.

Winning Big

Higher Calling Wildlife has also been ranked in the top 20 wildlife conservation podcasts on the planet by Feedspot.

Higher Calling Wildlife and Moore Outdoors swept the available radio and podcast categories at the 2021 Press Club of Southeast Texas “Excellence In Media” awards. “I’m very humbled to win from such a prestigious organization with fierce competition. I’m competing against really good sports and news programs so to win with outdoors shows is a blessing.” Moore said.

These rankings are determined from thousands of podcasts on the web ranked by traffic, social media followers, domain authority & freshness.

In addition, Higher Calling Wildlife took first place in the Press Club of Southeast Texas “Excellence In Media” awards in the podcast category.

“The kick-off to 2022 has been a great one! I’m more focused than ever on delivering cutting-edge wildlife content,” Moore said.

Waypoint Podcast Network

Moore has signed onto the Waypoint Podcast Network, joining other top hunting, fishing and wildlife experts.

“Incredibly excited to have Chester Moore and Higher Calling Wildlife join the Waypoint Podcast Network. This inspirational, conservation themed program will be a great addition to Waypoint’s ever-growing outdoor lineup” added Waypoint President, Todd Hansen.

Moore said the feeling is mutual.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be part of the Waypoint Podcast Network. It will be great to be part of a group that includes longtime industry friends and colleagues and to be part of a united front to promote excellence in outdoors podcasting,’ Moore said.

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Higher Calling Wildlife Ranked In Top 20 Wildlife Podcasts!

Higher Calling Wildlife has been ranked in the top 20 wildlife conservation podcasts by Feedspot.

These rankings are determined from thousands of podcasts on the web ranked by traffic, social media followers, domain authority & freshness.

You can check out the full rankings here.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be ranked so high from such a prestigious ranking and statistics institution,” said host and Higher Calling Wildlife founder Chester Moore.

“It was a great year for my broadcasting and we’ll be making a big announcement soon.”

Higher Calling Wildlife took first place in the Press Club of Southeast Texas awards in the podcast category.

“Moore Outdoors”, the long-running radio program of Chester Moore’s took first in talk show and investigative reporting as well.

Higher Calling Wildlife is on hiatus until the first week of January with a big announcement and a new, can’t miss special series of programs.

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Moore, Higher Calling Wildlife Win Big At Press Club Awards

Higher Calling Wildlife founder Chester Moore won big at the Press Club of Southeast Texas Excellence In Media awards.

He won the following categories:

*First place for podcast for “Higher Calling Wildlife”

*First place for Talk Show for “Moore Outdoors” on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI. This episode featured a discussion on bonefish and tarpon with Dr. Aaron Adams of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

*First place for Investigative Radio program for “Moore Outdoors” on Newtalk AM 560 KLVI “Mysterious Horse Killings” program*

*First place for Column in the open category for Editor’s Notes at Texas Fish & Game

*First place for Radio Public Service Announcement for The Wildlife Journalist Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammals clip.

*First place for individual social media for his Instagram feed @thechestermoore.

He also placed in environmental article category for two articles-one on wild sheep’s disease issue with domestic sheep for Hunter’s Horn from the Houston Safari Club Foundation and another here Higher Calling Wildlife on the reason Texas no longer has native cutthroat trout.

You can read that article here.

Moore has received numerous awards for writing and broadcasting on feral hogs, their dangers to humans and why hunting them is important in terms of wildlife conservation. His episode on what he calls the “northern hog invasion” was recognized by the Press Club of Southeast Texas. (Photo by Gerald Burliegh)

He also took second place in individual podcast episode for Higher Calling Wildlife’s “The Truth About The Northern Hog Invasion” episode with Jeff Stewart.

“I appreciate the opportunity to submit work to this prestigious organization and the sponsors who make it possible,” Moore said.

“Thanks to all of you for reading, listening and following my work for making it all possible. And thank God for the opportunity and calling to write about wildlife and conservation.”

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The Future Of Conservation Journalism

This is your chance to invest in conservation journalism and to be an extension of this blog.

I am a wildlife journalist/outdoor writer with a heart and proven track record for conservation coverage.

Investigating the most in-depth part of conservation requires being on location and when you see stories here of me in the Rockies, on the Lower coast of Texas or in Florida no one paid my expenses.

That was all on me.

A common misconception is that all of this is underwritten by media companies but that’s not the way it is.

It’s getting tougher and tougher with prices of everything rising so I am trying to get others to invest in conservation through helping with my travel expenses for the first half of 2021.

You can donate here through Gofundme.

The money will be used for airfare, hotel and rental car (when needed). I have trips to Arizona for Gould’s turkey, jaguar and wild sheep lined out and Florida for a variety of coastal issues.

Some of the particular aspects of these issues literally no one is working on so we’re breaking ground and trying to raise aware awareness for the betterment of the resource.

Any help is appreciated. If you don’t know who I am and what links I have to conservation here are some of my awards

Any donation is appreciated. Click here to donate.

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“Advocatus Magni Award” from the National Wild Turkey Federation-TX (2020)

“Mossy Oak Outdoors Legacy Award” Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association (2017)

“Conservationist of the Year” from Texas Soil & Conservation District (2013)

“Hero Of Conservation” Field & Stream Magazine (2006)

“Conservation Communicator Of The Year” Sportsman’s Conservationist of Texas (1994)

“Youth Conservation of the Year” Sportsman’s Conservationist Of The Year (1993)

In addition I have won more than 150 awards for writing, photography and radio from a variety of organizations including 10 awards in 2021 by the Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association.

By God’s grace and a deep passion He put in me I have been able to do this. With your help I can continue.

Sincerely,

Chester Moore

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Fighting The Good Fight

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

That quote from Charles Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities” reflects how I feel about 2020 on a personal level as well as simply being a human on Planet Earth at this very moment.

COVID-19’s impact on our world has been nothing short of historic and there is more to come. I wish I could give a prediction of a quick deliverance from this pestilence along with its human and economic cost but I would be lying.

Early into the pandemic, I explained how it would impact wildlife with everything from poaching running rampant in Africa where science-based, legal hunting and ecotourism were shut down to important wildlife surveys in America being cancelled.

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All of that has happened and we will continue our coverage on that topic in 2021.

The business that I work in, the hunting/fishing/wildlife media industry has been ravaged by COVID-19’s economic impact. I’m putting my trust in God for finances going into a new year because things are not looking bright otherwise.

And I knew this would happen the moment I read the word “pandemic” in a World Health Organization Report.

That inspired action.

I don’t do what I do professionally for the great money, because I could make more elsewhere. I don’t do it for the accolades, nor for the fringe benefits of wildlife recreation access although that at times has been abundant.

I do it because I believe in it. Wildlife has been a passion of mine since childhood. A couple of years back my mother found a report from my fourth grade where I said I wanted to be someone who helps endangered wildlife when I grew up.

This is in me.

And it is why me and my wife Lisa founded Higher Calling Wildlife this year. I needed something that could function under a business model of low cost and high effectiveness.

By using investigative journalism and cutting-edge educational strategies, the mission of Higher Calling Wildlife is to raise awareness to mountain and forest wildlife conservation and stream fisheries. It’s free to join (and you can do that by clicking here) and it involves young people.

Me and my wife Lisa have a ministry called Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center and its offshoot the Wild Wishes program. Wild Wishes grants wildlife encounters to children with a critical illness or loss of a parent or sibling. To date we’ve granted 112 wishes ranging from encounters with wolves to giraffes and special days at our small zoological facility.

Teens from the Wild Wishes program who have an interest in conservation are mentored in media and have an opportunity to contribute to the conservation cause through our Higher Calling magazine, e-newsletter and other media platforms.

In our first year, we have put out two of these e-magazines, Issue 1 and our Wildlife of Israel special edition and started our Sheep Scrapbook Project that raises awareness to wild sheep dying of parasite/disease risks from domestic sheep. We are giving out collector’s coins for those who submit photos they have taken of wild sheep in North America.

We posted on four Facebook pages related to hunting and parks and had such a great response we ran out of coins! The second bunch should arrive this week.

There were also some other positives from this year.

My “New Life For New Mexico’s Bighorns” article that was posted here won 1st place in the Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association Excellence In Craft awards for the blog category. We also took 1st in the independent blog category for the Press Club of Southeast Texas along with receiving a total of 13 awards for writing, radio and photography in both media competitions.

Our Turkey Revolution project entered its second year with unprecedented media coverage in publications ranging from Texas Fish & Game to Hunter’s Horn. This year’s goal of photographing an elusive eastern turkey in East Texas happened in April and was documented here.

Eastern gobblers photographed in Newton County, TX.

Here at the end of of 2020, put my faith in Christ, my focus on prayer and hard work and moving forward with the best of my abilities.

I challenge all of you to find a way you can contribute in 2021. There will be opportunities to help spread the word about our projects you will see here and through our e-newsletter and Higher Calling magazine if you join for free.

I also challenge you to spend more time outdoors.

There is healing of soul in the mountains, forests and waterways of our world. There is no bad news where eagles soar, trout swim and turkeys gobble.

I have been doing this locally, spending time fishing in a stream near my home and some private ponds at a friend’s property. It has allowed me to clear my head when the news of the day has been frustrating.

I have gotten back into flyfishing this year and have challenged myself to catch a five-pound bass on fly gear. I haven’t hit that mark yet but did get my best flyfishing bass ever-a four pounder.

The author with his best-ever bass caught on fly gear caught Dec. 2020.

Talk about fun!

And that’s something we will continue to cover here. Yes, we will have true news as it relates to wildlife but it will be balanced with fun challenges and interesting stories that hopefully inspire as well as educate.

Henry David Thoreau wrote that, “In wildness is the preservation of the world.”

I don’t know about the world, but it certain helps preserve my enthusiasm for life.

Stay safe. Stay healthy and venture beyond the pavement into the wild. Great things can still happen there.

Chester Moore

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Higher Calling Wildlife & Chester Moore Win Big!


Higher Calling Wildlife founder Chester Moore won big at the Southeast Texas Press Club awards held Sat. Nov. 13

He won first place for an individual blog for this blog“Higher Calling Wildlife” in a category rarely that included blogs from many genres ranging from news to art.

Moore at the 2019 Press Club of Southeast Texas awards with Harold Mann of KLVI Radio. That night he won first place for radio public service announcement for the Higher Calling Wildlife “Be Texas Bear Aware” program. This year’s ceremony was virtual.

The awards which recognize media based out of Southeast Texas is a prestigious organization covering all facets of electronic, print, and broadcast media.

Moore won first place in radio talk show for “Moore Outdoors” on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI for his interview with “Wild America” creator and host Marty Stauffer.

Moore also won for investigative radio program for his special program on human dangers in the woods including examining the “Missing Texas 40” cases around the Sam Houston National Forest that aired on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI.

Additionally, he took first place for radio public service announcements for his ongoing “Wildlife Journalist Chronicles”.

He took second place for specialty publications for his “Turkey Revolution” tabloid and his “Higher Calling Wildlife” story in the Pet Gazette for the news release category as well as taking third in social media for his work on Instagram.

“It’s an honor to be a member of the Press Club of Southeast Texas, much less win these awards. It’s always exciting to be recognized for the hard work I put into my wildlife journalism career. This year’s entries were especially important to me as I have been on a certain trajectory with mountain and forest wildlife, turkey, and the whole human dangers in the outdoors topics,” Moore said.

“It’s such a privilege to see my name popping up alongside other great journalists and media professionals in these awards. There are some truly great people in this profession in Southeast Texas and I’m blessed to be able to live and work in that area.”

Last year Moore won the “Adovcatus Magni” award for his work with wild turkeys from the National Wild Turkey Federation-Texas and in 2017 was given the Mossy Oak Outdoors Legacy Award for his work with wildlife and children.

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Free Higher Calling Magazine-New Conservation Group Begins

Higher Calling Wildlife founder and award-winning wildlife journalist got his first honors for wildlife conservation work when he was 19 years old.

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The Sportsman’s Conservationists of Texas honored him with their “Youth Conservationist Of The Year” award and the following year he became the group’s first and only back to back winner when he won their prestigious “Conservation Communicator Of The Year”.

Since then he has been honored by Field & Stream magazine as a “Hero Of Conservation” and in 2020 was presented with the “Advocatus Magni” award from the National Wild Turkey Federation-Texas for his work with wild turkeys.

Moore who spends much of his time working with you who have critical illnesses, have experienced traumatic loss or are in the foster system has decided to start his own conservation outreach.

Get a preview of the first issue sponsored by the Port Arthur Visitors and Convention Bureau here.

“We’re calling it Higher Calling Wildlife and it’s centered on forest and mountain wildlife and stream fisheries,” he said.

“It’s free to join and the concept is simple. By using investigative journalism we uncover issues with conservation in these particular fields of interest and empower you to use this information to raise awareness,” he said.

All blog subscribers will get the download option monthly. You can subscribe at the top right of this page or by , emailing chester@chestermoore.com and putting “membership” in the subject line.

Members will get a bi-monthly e-magazine that is produced by Chester and young people in his Wild Wishes® program as well as special access to Moore and his team.

“Wild Wishes® grants wildlife encounters to children with a critical illness or loss of a parent or sibling. We’ve granted 110 of these so far and over the course of six years some of the kids as they’ve gotten older want to work in conservation so we are mentoring them. The first issue of Higher Calling has three of the articles as well as some artwork done by these young people. As we go along the goal is for me to do one piece per issue and them do the rest. We are not giving lip service to raising up young people. We are actually doing it,” Moore said.

Moore said one of the keys to this is Texas Fish & Game owner’s Roy and Ardia Neve’s desire to give back and help and willingness to support their kids’s outreach by distributing through fishgame.com and their e-newsletter.

“They have been amazing giving me space to push the envelope on conservation but also give me a chance to talk about some of the wishes we’ve granted and things we’ve been able to accomplish by God’s grace. And it has been amazing seeing that happen and then the young people wanting to get deeply into conservation. Working for the Neves and TF&G is an honor,” Moore said.

One of the young ladies, Reannah Hollaway shares her story in the first issue as the Texas Tech student got to participate in a desert bighorn capture at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Moore and Hollaway at the desert bighorn capture at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area courtesy of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Anyone who signs up this month gets an additional free e-mag special edition called The Wildlife Of Israel that gives a unique look into the abundant wildlife in the Holy Land.

“We’re small and grass roots,” said Reannah Hollaway.

“But we’re passionate and excited to do something unique for wildlife conservation.”

For more information go to highercallingwildlife.com.

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