DALLAS- Kudus, cougars and, now, quail.

Long known as a premier annual event for big-game hunters at home and abroad, the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) convention and expo will expand in 2012 to include attractions focused on quail and other upland birds.

The expansion is part of a new partnership between DSC and Quail Coalition, a Texas-based organization focused on upland bird conservation.

Slated for Jan. 5-8 at the Dallas Convention Center, the 2012 DSC convention and expo will feature a section called “Upland Country” sponsored by Quail Coalition. Planned highlights include exhibits, dog-training demonstrations, conservation seminars by Dr. Dale Rollins, and even special appearances by noted quail enthusiast and National Hunting and Fishing Day honorary chairman T. Boone Pickens.

“Over time, we hope this show will become the premier annual gathering place for the upland-bird hunting nation,” said Jay Stine of Quail Coalition.

Quail Coalition is a volunteer organization with no paid staff. All dollars raised are devoted to upland bird research, habitat improvement and public education. Local chapters control funds, projects and activities. Learn more www.quailcoalition.org.

DSC’s new venture with Quail Coalition is the second major announcement this year affecting growth for future DSC conventions and expos. In May, the American Custom Gunmakers Guild announced it is relocating its annual exhibition to be held in conjunction with the DSC event beginning in 2013. The move will bring to Dallas the nation’s largest annual assembly of fine custom gun makers and engravers.

“We’re dedicated to making our show the very best,” said Ben Carter, DSC executive director.

In 2011, the DSC convention and expo broke records with 338,000 square feet of exhibit space and over 32,000 attendees. Proceeds generated record funding for the DSC mission. Over the past five years, the organization has awarded more than $2 million for conservation, education and hunter advocacy programs worldwide.

About Dallas Safari Club (DSC):

Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at www.biggame.org.

Contact:

Steve Wagner, Blue Heron Communications, 800-654-3766 or steve@blueheroncomm.com

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