MzJfiTvSTHohb9t3HZty-Tl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBVvK0kTmF0xjctABnaLJIm9Talk about a missed opportunity to tell a great story.

Where are the voices of those that kill animals for Conservation?

Here you have the epitome of wildlife destruction, a person bragging about slaughtering animals. You have a powerful image, a compelling headline, a multi-billion dollar tie in to greed, and a headshot of the villain.

Conservation and Wildlife Restoration in America is delivered by State Fish and Wildlife Agencies in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service

More importantly, it has been paid for primarily by hunters.

Yep — guys buying guns and bullets and hunting licenses pay a self-imposed tax and that money flows back to state agencies. Millions of acres have been conserved and millions of endangered animals have reversed their critical decline.

It’s the greatest Conservation story never told.

So what should these agencies do when a gift like this poacher is handed to them?

Sadly, they should have done more than they have done with this story, and all of the other anti-hunting stories that have surfaced over the past year.

Rather than remaining silent and fearing a public backlash and tough conversations, these guardians of wildlife should shout out as far and wide as as possible.

To quote my friends at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

“Hunting is Conservation”

State agencies, hunters and Conservationists around the country should learn to use gifts like this to tell the right Conservation story.

Opportunities like this come along that often.

For more insight into sharing the Conservation message, please click here.