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Conservation Matters Podcast

Welcome to Conservation Matters with Shane Mahoney. Listen to Shane's speeches given around the world on scientific issues and challenges impacting global conservation in the 21st Century. Conservation, after all, is everyone's business. One Natural World. One Humanity. One Chance. Conservation Matters.

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American Bison and the Death of Freedom

The American bison may have been, at one time, the most abundant large wild mammal on earth. The historical references to their immense herds are difficult to comprehend; such is the scale of their numbers and the sheer improbable spectacle the authors of these reports try to convey. Perhaps these images are also difficult for us to understand because they inevitably inspire in the sensitive reader a feeling of great sadness that such a wondrous prospect must now be denied us all, forever. This article originally appeared in Sports Afield magazine.

1hr 5mins

19 May 2016

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Conservation is the Most Complicated Business in the World

Listen to Shane's speech at Vancouver Island University this past spring, 2017, as he discusses the complicated business of conservation. Shane shares the constant effort to do the right things for humanity and to do the right things for our wild creatures. Sometimes it gets better - sometimes its gets worse. Even though Shane tells students they will never solve this problem - it is still very much worthwhile to pursue.  Learn more Conservation Visions at  and connect with us socially at


14 Jun 2017

Rank #2

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Where Does Hunting Fit in the Modern World? With Shane Mahoney

Where in the modern world does hunting fit? The answers ask us to dive into social and economic realities. Shane Mahoney discusses today's modern hunting - from the effects of trophy hunting and poaching to simply hunting for food. Learn more at http://conservationvisions.com


12 Jan 2017

Rank #3

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Is Hunting Conservation? with Shane Mahoney

How did Shane get so involved in the outdoors? Is hunting conservation and what does that mean? Shane Mahoney talked with Billy Kinder of Billy Kinder Outdoors Radio at the Professional Outdoor Media Association Conference this past summer. Special thanks to Billy for allowing Conservation Visions to re-air this interview.


22 Sep 2016

Rank #4

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Shane Mahoney Keynote at POMA Annual Conference 2016

Shane Mahoney speaks to a group of outdoor writers at the annual Professional Outdoor Media Association in Kalispell, MT in June, 2016. Forgive the first few minutes of audio, it improves greatly around minute 5. Mahoney is passionate in his presentation of why the world needs outdoor writers in this day - because we need to remember things as they were, we need to be inspired, and we need your messages of stewardship. He also discusses the need of presenting a modern world view to the modern public. We articulate stories of an older reality, but Mahoney says we need to change those stories to a modern reality.  Learn more about POMA at   Learn more about Shane Mahoney and Conservation Visions at

1hr 5mins

9 Feb 2017

Rank #5

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Conservation is Not a Simple Business

Shane Mahoney speaks at the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association annual meeting in Boise, Idaho, summer, 2013. Topics covered include: love for wildlife as a hunter, being a wildlife biologist or conservationist is not something to take lightly and is not 'easy' as some critics would suggest, what if the Endangered Species Act was enacted sooner - would that save some of the wildlife lost? And finally, why poachers kill Rhinos for their horns for the black market - it, too, is not a simple answer.

1hr 5mins

2 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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Why Did our Wildlife Disappear? What Will You Do To Help?

Did you know many of our current, well-known big game species were almost decimated many years ago? Shane Mahoney, CEO of Conservation Visions discusses how taking as many wildlife as possible to benefit life and profit held no moral obligation. For example, the bison, at 30-40 million, were almost brought to their extinction. Although we were able to save some species during this period, many were not that lucky. Today, the same is happening to our Rhino population due to poaching, even with decades of conservation work to bring them back. What will you do to help? Learn more at


6 Apr 2017

Rank #7

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Critical Conservation Challenges - with Shane Mahoney

Shane Mahoney, CEO of Conservation Visions, speaks in front of a group in Missouri about the critical conservation challenges we face. He discusses the rising empathy for wildlife, how conservation groups need to respond, and how we all need to realize this is more complex than simply trying to label it coming from one particular outlier group. Conservation is a global effort and Shane stresses we all need to find ways to speak about conservation issues on levels everyone can understand.  Thank you for listening. Learn more about Conservation Visions at


4 May 2017

Rank #8

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The Guns of Conservation

Public ownership of firearms was instrumental to the birth of the conservation movement in North America and still contributes to its continued success. This audio was made into a short video found on Boone & Crockett Club's YouTube channel here:  Learn more about Conservation Visions and Shane Mahoney at  Follow us at  and  and


20 Jul 2017

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Relevance - from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation National Convention

Shane Mahoney, CEO of Conservation Visions, speaks at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation National Convention. Learn more about Shane at   Follow Shane on Facebook at  and on Instagram   "There can be no doubt, that we live in a constantly changing world now. A world that seems to bring unending challenge to things that we hold dear and to the values that we cherish. The world is becoming an incredibly different place. We are seeing massive changes in the way the land is used. Massive movements of people away from the rural lifestyles that were part and parcel of nourishing the hunting tradition in our countries. We are 4.5% of the people in this nation who hunt. In some states it is 1.5%. We know, that if we become too few, we will become irrelevant. Yet despite these problems, I am now incredibly optimistic. It is because those social trends that were moving people away from hunting, away from the lifestyle we believe in, away from the values that we cherish, they like all social trends eventually bend back on themselves. And now what we have, in our cities, in our suburbs, in the very places we thought where it was lost, we have people that want to be locavores. They want organic food. They want a lifestyle that will have them live forever. One of the things they are realizing, is that our tradition, our lifestyle, our venturing out onto those lands, and pushing ourselves in these hunting experiences. In harvesting those animals that have lived wild and free their entire existence. In harvesting them for food and sharing them with friends and family, they are coming to understand, that this is something valuable. This is something precious." - Shane Mahoney


18 May 2017

Rank #10

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Public Land Panel Discussion from Professional Outdoor Media Association Annual Conference

Shane Mahoney is joined by public land advocate & TV host, Randy Newberg; outdoor writer Ron Spomer; Kimber VP of Sales, Ryan Busse and moderated by outdoor photographer, Tony Bynum to discuss the current state of public land sale and/or transfer happening between state and federal governments and what that means for conservation and wildlife. The panel took place at the Professional Outdoor Media Association Annual Business Meeting in Kalispell, Montana June 18, 2016.

1hr 19mins

30 Jun 2016

Rank #11

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The Wild Harvest Initiative Explained by Shane Mahoney

The model of conservation has been around for 120 years – but yet as hunters and anglers we have never explained our activities in the form of harvested food. There are approximately 35-40 million people in U.S. and Canada who fish or hunt, and records are kept of the many state natural resource associations of harvest. We know those 35-40 million people are harvesting a remarkable amount of food - in the billions of pounds. In addition to all the economic impacts hunting has, how are we as a society going to replace those billions of pounds of harvested protein each year?  The Wild Harvest Initiative is going to reframe the debate of the modern relevance of hunting   This speech is also in video form found on Conservation Visions' YouTube page - link is here --->


8 Mar 2017

Rank #12

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Hunters and Poachers are Not Brothers - by Shane Mahoney

Poaching is often defined as unlawful hunting, almost as a subset of hunting, which it is not. Poaching is the illegal taking of wildlife. Poachers are not hunters - they are thieves. But often today, poaching and hunting are being confused in the public mind. Poachers act in complete disregard for conservation practices - and thusly, erroad the public trust in hunting altogether. Shane Mahoney, CEO of Conservation Visions, explains more in this brief podcast.  Learn more about Shane, his works and Conservation Visions at  Follow Shane at  and


23 Mar 2017

Rank #13

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Shane Mahoney on Cecil the Lion and Trophy Hunting

Originally filmed in August 2015 - Shane Mahoney reviews the "Cecil the Lion" issue, presents the facts as they are known at that time in August, 2015, and provides excellent commentary on the realities of ecosystem and wildlife management, as well as evidence in support of legal and regulated trophy hunting as a tool for conservation. This film identifies the Cecil phenomenon as an opportunity for all people to realize the challenges facing wildlife conservation, and the role that hunting can and does play in supporting those. The story will fade, but will not be forgotten soon. No matter if you are a hunter or wildlife activist, allow the story of Cecil the Lion to unite - rather than divide.


25 Aug 2016

Rank #14

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If You Could Give Your Lives to Anything...

Shane Mahoney, CEO of Conservation Visions, speaks at the "Rally for Iowa's Outdoors" in 2012 on if we truly are concerned about the wild others on this planet - how do we stand for them? Shane takes listeners around the world discussing cave paintings, why do our homes have fireplaces and our master bedroom located on the top floor? Why are we afraid of snakes, but not of more modern dangers like cars? Truly an inspiring speech.


6 Oct 2016

Rank #15