Wildlife, adventure and conservation topics from around the world highlight a roster of seminars at the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) convention and expo, Jan. 9-12.
The public-welcome event—Texas’ biggest showcase of hunting, sporting and outdoor lifestyles—will be held at the Dallas Convention Center.
The DSC expo is an annual hunter’s extravaganza, now with more than nine football fields’ worth of opportunities for outfitted hunts and other adventures, gear, firearms, art, collectibles, entertainment, seminars and other attractions. Get details at www.biggame.org.
“It’s all to raise money for conservation, education and hunter advocacy efforts worldwide,” said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter. “Our convention and expo now generate over $1 million a year for wildlife habitat, research, law enforcement, youth programs and legislative initiatives. Attending our show is another way that hunters support conservation both at home and abroad.”
Tentative seminar schedule:
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.—“Distinguished Lectureship in Quail Management” with Dr. Peter J. Hudson, Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and Willaman Professor of Biology, Penn State University
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.—“Safari Destination NAMIBIA!” with Marina Lamprecht, Hunters Namibia Safaris; “From Field to Canvas: Painting From Real Life Experiences” with Joshua Spies; “Hunting and Conservation: Worldwide Partnership” with Craig Boddington; “African Tips for Trips” with Terry Blauwkamp and Anne Gaines-Burrill; “Fierce Fishes of the Amazon” with Paul Reiss.
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—“Buffalo Hunting in Africa” with Ivan Carter; “Archery for Big/Dangerous Game” with Todd Cast, host of TNT Outdoor Explosion TV; “Intro To Reloading Clinic” (basic rifle and pistol reloading techniques) with Hornady; “Hunting and Fishing Argentina” with Jorge Trucco and Rob McAndrews; “The Truth about Clearing Hunted Trophies” with Rosella Quartarone, Safari Specialty Importers.
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.—“Could You Be a Survivor?” with Peter Kummerfeldt; “Latest Findings and Discoveries in White-tailed Deer Management Techniques” with Dr. James Kroll; “Advanced Reloading Clinic” (focus on big bores and advanced techniques) with Hornady; “Hunting Coues Deer: The Gray Ghost of the Desert” with Dan Adler; “Shotgunning: The Reality of What It Really Looks Like, Part 1” with Vicki and Gil Ash.
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.—“How to Mitigate/Lower Your Risk Profile While Traveling to Medium Threat Areas” (Africa, Latin America) with Nick Wachym; “Why South Africa?” with Adri Kishoff, PHASA; “Intro To Ballistics Clinic” (what makes bullets and guns do what they do) with Hornady; “First Time Safari: What to Do Before, During and After Your Hunt” with Lynley Bishop of Coppersmith Global Logistics; “Shotgunning: The Reality of What It Really Looks Like, Part 2” with Vicki and Gil Ash.
Sat., January 11, 2014
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.—“Safari Destination NAMIBIA!” with Marina Lamprecht, Hunters Namibia Safaris; “Fierce Fishes of the Amazon” with Paul Reiss; “Hunting and Conservation: Worldwide Partnership” with Craig Boddington; “African Tips for Trips” with Terry Blauwkamp and Anne Gaines-Burrill; “Designing and Building a Trophy Room That Fits You, Part 1” with Tom Julian.
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—“Buffalo Hunting in Africa” with Ivan Carter; “Are You Field Ready?” with II Ling New; “How to Mitigate/Lower Your Risk Profile While Traveling to Medium Threat Areas” (Africa, Latin America) with Nick Wachym; “Designing and Building a Trophy Room That Fits You, Part 2” with Tom Julian.
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.—“Survival Myths and Misconceptions” with Peter Kummerfeldt; “Latest Findings and Discoveries in White-tailed Deer Management Techniques” with Dr. James Kroll; “Hunting Giant Bull Elk of the Southwest” with Dan Adler; “Knife Sharpening and Choosing the Proper Knife” with Tom Claycomb.
3:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m.—“Africa: What’s Stopping You? A Forum for Men and Women” with Cliff and Carol Biggs; “The Truth About Clearing Hunted Trophies” with Rosella Quartarone, Safari Specialty Importers; “Field Medicine for Hunters” with Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics; “African Dangerous Game: Shot Placement and Recent Bullet Developments” with Kevin Robertson; “Choosing the Proper Optics and How to Glass” with Tom Claycomb.
For registered attendees, additional events, galas, awards and fundraisers will be held at the Omni Hotel Dallas. Details are available at www.biggame.org.
About 41,000 people attended the event in 2013 and Carter is expecting more in 2014.
Daily admission is $20 per person. Multi-day and family discount packages are available.
- For the first time ever, Weatherby Foundation International will present its prestigious Weatherby Award in conjunction with the DSC convention and expo.
- Presentations of the esteemed Conklin Award, Capstick Award and others.
- Exhibits from top conservation organizations, outfitter associations and Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.
- Biologists working to conserve rhino populations are hoping for record funding when DSC auctions a rare black rhino-hunting permit on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Namibia. All proceeds will go to Namibia for rhino initiatives. Hundreds of other hunts, trips, artworks and more also will be auctioned to support conservation efforts around the world.
- Daily seminars by authorities in hunting, conservation, wildlife management and more.
- American Custom Gunmakers Guild exhibits, demonstrations and member events.
- Special attractions in a section of the show called “Wingshooter’s World” with Quail Coalition.
- Unique taxidermy exhibits throughout the expo hall.
- Public-welcome, volunteer-driven, family-friendly atmosphere—all for a great cause.
Sponsors for the 2014 DSC convention and expo include Midway USA, Blaser USA, Inc., Boyt Harness Company, Capital Farm Credit, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, LLC, EuroOptic, Ltd., Hornady Manufacturing, Ruger Firearms, Rungwa Game Safaris, Shikar Safaris, Sovereign Bank, Sports Afield, The Hunting Consortium, The Wildlife Gallery, Tracking Point, Trijicon, Inc. and Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.
Logo courtesy Dallas Safari Club