As a boy, I would often sit in my father’s lap and cut out photos from Sports Afield, Field & Stream and Outdoor Life and place them in a scrapbook.
We would talk about the animals we wanted to see, places we wanted to hunt and dream big dreams from our little 700 square foot house in Orange, TX.
Those were incredible times for me spending time with my father who passed away of natural causes on a hunting trip in 2014. Sadly, I thought the scrapbooks we put together had been lost forever.
In 2019, I found these scrapbooks at my mother’s house and was blown away how much of the books were filled with wild sheep. In fact, wild sheep and wild turkeys made up over half of the images in all three of the scrapbooks.
In honor of my father and our sheep-filled scrapbooks, in 2019 I began the Sheep Scrapbook Project through our Higher Calling Wild Wishes Expeditions. My goal is to photograph all varieties of wild sheep in all states and Canadian provinces and through the young people, we work to use them to raise awareness of sheep issues and conservation.
And on Aug. 10, 2020, we will announce the next phase that involves the public and the young people in our Higher Calling Wild Wishes Expeditions.
It has been an exciting journey already and the next decade will be amazing in pursuit of desert bighorns, Rocky Mountain bighorns, Stone sheep and Dall sheep. Besides my love for sheep, this project will keep me and my Dad’s lifelong hunting partnership alive and involve the public and some very special young people.
If you would like to help with this project with funding or with sheep access email email@example.com.
Moore Honored For Bighorn Conservation Writings
Chester Moore was honored at the March 2020 Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association banquet for his writing on bighorn sheep conservation and hunting.
He won “Outdoors Column” category for his Higher Calling story “New Life For New Mexico Bighorns” and second place in “Feature” for his “Sports Afield” story “Desert Homecoming” about Texas’ desert bighorn conservation triumph.