For hunters who want straight poop from top experts, Dallas Safari Club (DSC) is offering a full lineup of public-welcome seminars as part of its annual convention and expo, Jan. 5-8, 2012, at the Dallas Convention Center.
All seminars are included with daily admission to the expo: $20 per person. Multi-day discount packages are available.
The expo hall will be 425,000 square feet of sporting attractions, taxidermy displays and a record 800 exhibits including outfitters and professional hunters from around the world. Gun makers, optics and gear companies, artists, jewelers, clothiers, furriers and many others from across the outdoor industry also will be there. New for 2012 is an expo section called “Upland Country” sponsored by Quail Coalition. The focus is on upland bird conservation, with dog-training demonstrations and appearances by Dr. Dale Rollins and T. Boone Pickens.
The DSC seminars are slated for Jan. 6-7, with a lineup including:
Extreme Whitetail Management-Presenter: Dr. James C. Kroll. The record drought and heat of 2011 not only caused extreme conditions for deer management, but also offered opportunities to learn more about intensive management under these situations. Here’s the latest research.
African Professional Hunters: The Men Behind the Licenses-Panel discussion moderated by Dave Fulson, producer of the DSC-sponsored TV series “Tracks Across Africa.” Topics will include safari planning, preparation, guns, gear, game and habitat, the professional hunter/client relationship, the changing face of safari, audience Q&A, and more. Don’t miss this one.
Boddington On Mountain Hunting-Presenter: Craig T. Boddington. Join well-known outdoor writer and TV show host Craig Boddington for a discussion of sheep and goat hunting around the world. Topics include permit draws, preparation, guns and loads and shooting tips.
Smarter Water for North Texas-Presenter: Janice Bezanson, Texas Conservation Alliance.
With the population of the DFW-North Texas area expected to double over the next 50 years, and the prospect of drought looming, the region will need more water. How will we get it?
Building Your Trophy Room: Design and Construction-Presenter: Tom Julian. Julian & Sons Fine Woodworking has long catered to the sportsman, carving a niche in the design and execution of custom trophy rooms.
African Tips for Trips-Presenters: Terry Blauwkamp, Anne Gaines-Burrill. Tips for first timers as well as veteran safari hunters. Included is a rundown on the requirements of the South African Firearms control act and what you need to do to take your own firearms to Africa.
Improve your Long Distant Shooting-Presenter: Darrell Holland.
Beasts of Legend-Presenter: Ivan Carter. The host of the DSC-sponsored TV series “Tracks Across Africa” has been hunting since 1988 in several top countries in Africa, and has developed a reputation for tracking and shooting big game from very close proximities.
Shotgunning: Improving your Percentage in the Field-Presenters: Vicki and Gill Ash.
If you have questions about wingshooting or sporting clays, here’s a chance to ask the experts. This duo has not only studied shooting techniques but also the psychology of learning and performance, and they have developed perhaps most effective teaching approach in the industry.
Tactical First Aid for Hunters-Presenter: Dr. Alan Frankfurt, chief instructor for Advanced Medical Training. Frankfurt’s experience includes mobilization with the First Marine Expeditionary Force in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Preparing for Your First Safari, by Coppersmith-Presenter: Lynley Bishop. Tired of trying to determine the best way to get your trophies home from safari? Coppersmith is a firm that can answer questions in plain English.
Safari Destination: Namibia-Presenter: Marina Lamprecht. Learn more about Namibia, often referred to as “the Switzerland of Africa.” Namibia offers political stability, great infrastructure, healthy climate, fantastic hunting and tourist options for the entire family.
Planning a Quality Adventure-Presenters: Tim Herald, James Brion, Rob Dunham and Gary Joseph. The hosts of “Nosler’s Magnum TV” cover how to plan and book a big adventure hunt. Topics include research, outfitters, locations, budgeting, travel, trophy expectations and more.
Gear Up for Hunting Alaska, Canada and Beyond-Presenter: Bob Hodson. A discussion of both the latest in outdoor equipment and time-tested gear that you shouldn’t be without. A great seminar for those who are new to the outdoors as well as seasoned veterans.
Photography Africa-Presenter: Jofie Lamprecht.
Families and Non Hunters on Safari-Presenter: Monica Lamprecht.
Seminar times and room locations are posted on the DSC website: www.biggame.org.
Expo hours are Thurs., Jan. 5, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 6, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 7, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 8, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The DSC convention and expo serve as the largest annual fundraiser to support the organization’s conservation, education and hunter advocacy initiatives. DSC spent a record $784,000 on mission-related programs in 2011, and more than $2.8 million over the past five years, for habitat protection and management, wildlife restoration and research, youth learning programs, and promoting hunter interests and benefits to conservation worldwide.
In 2013, the American Custom Gunmakers Guild will relocate its annual exhibition to Dallas to be held in conjunction with the DSC convention and expo.
While the DSC seminars and expo hall are open daily to the public, full convention registrants can also enjoy evening events such gala banquets, celebrity speakers, awards, entertainment and auctions for world-class hunts, firearms and more. Most evening events will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Dallas. For registration information, visit www.biggame.org.
Sponsors for the 2012 DSC convention and expo include Orion Versus, Sports Afield, Midway USA, Trijicon, Lone Star Conversions, Hunting Consortium, Hornady, Tanzania Adventures, Bad Boy Buggies, Yamaha Motors, Capital Farm Credit, The Wildlife Gallery, Ruger, Blaser, Cabelas, Sovereign Bank and RBC Wealth.