“We are 4.5 percent of the people in this nation, now, who hunt; in some states it is 1.5 percent. We know that if we become too few, we will become irrelevant. Yet despite these problems, I am now incredibly optimistic.”

This is a brief excerpt of Shane Mahoney’s comments from the 2017 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation convention. To hear his full 36-minute speech, click here.