Moore honored for Bighorn writings, Turkey Conservation

Published 2:27 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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Wildlife journalist and West Orange native Chester Moore has been honored for his conservation work and writings.

He won first place for the “Outdoors Column ” category in the Texas Outdoor Writers Association Excellence in Craft awards for his bighorn sheep story entitled “New Life For New Mexico’s Bighorns”. The story appeared at his blog “Higher Calling”.

He also received a second-place award in the “Feature” category for his “Desert Homecoming” story in Sports Afield that detailed the comeback of Texas’ desert bighorn herd.

“I’ve been doing a lot on wild sheep, trying to get the word out on their conservation needs and the absolute triumph that hunter-based conservation has been for all wild sheep in North America. It’s a real honor to be recognized for these writings.”

He was also received honorable mentions in categories of “Outdoors Publication” for Texas Fish & Game and “Feature” for his “Hunting American Man-Killers” in The Houston Safari Club’s “Hunter’s Horn” magazine.

Additionally, at the National Wild Turkey Federation-Texas state convention Moore was awarded the “Advocatus Magni” award for his work as an advocate for wild turkey conservation.

“This is such a tremendous honor,” Moore said.

“Wild turkeys are a passion of mine and I believe if we get turkey conservation right all forest species will benefit. To get an award like this from NWTF is truly inspiring.”

Moore has won more than 100 awards for writing, photography, conservation and radio and along with his wife Lisa is founder of the Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center and Wild Wishes programs.

Their facility is located in Pinehurst and they use wildlife encounters to help hurting children find peace and hope.

You can learn more at and follow his blog at