DALLAS (October 7, 2015) – Dallas Safari Club (DSC), a globally focused hunting conservation organization based in Dallas, announces the launch of a chapter affiliation program. Under the new chapter program, like-minded conservation groups without geographical ties to the organization will be eligible to seek local DSC chapter status and be an influential part in achieving DSC’s vision of a society that values wildlife, engages in its conservation, and understands and supports the role of well-regulated hunting in the sustainable use of wild resources.
Since its start in 1982, DSC has functioned as an independent organization located in Dallas. As news of the club’s successful efforts spread, so too did its membership ranks, which swelled to more than 6,000 members around the world by the start of 2015.
“Over the last four years, DSC has given grants totaling more than $5 million to directly support its mission statement of conservation, education and protecting hunters’ rights,” DSC Executive Director Ben Carter said. “DSC’s leadership role in the conservation world combined with our consistent membership growth and record-breaking convention attendance figures led to a lot of membership interest from groups outside the Dallas area. We’re excited to begin the process of adding those groups to the DSC family.”
The announcement of DSC’s chapter program comes as the organization continues preparations for its “Conservation” convention. More than 50,000 attendees are expected at the 2016 DSC Annual Convention, which will run January 7-10 at the Dallas Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The upcoming convention will draw exhibitors and attendees from around the world, filling more than 800,000 square feet of convention center space with over 1000 exhibitors filling 1800 exhibits.
Events scheduled for the 2016 DSC Annual Convention include the presentation of the Weatherby Award, one of hunting’s most prestigious honors, which will be presented during a banquet on Wednesday, January 6 inside the Omni Hotel Ballroom where all of the 2016 DSC Annual Convention’s nightly banquets and auctions will take place.
Presentation of the Conklin Award, a prestigious honor informally referred to as hunting’s “Tough Guy” award, will be presented at a banquet on Thursday, January 7. Friday, January 8, will be the DSC Foundation banquet.
On Saturday, January 9, DSC will present its most prestigious honor, the Capstick Award, at a black-tie banquet capped by DSC’s spectacular live auction. The auction will feature exotic trips, the world’s finest firearms; original works of art, custom jewelry and furs among the many lots up for bid.
Other events scheduled in conjunction with the 2016 DSC Annual Convention include Friday’s Ladies Luncheon, as well as Saturday morning’s Life Member Breakfast, where the keynote speaker will be world-renowned hunter Jim Shockey. In addition, the annual Exhibitor’s Welcome Party will take place on Wednesday night at the world famous Gilley’s in Dallas.
The DSC ANNUAL Convention is the organization’s largest fundraiser and provides the resources necessary to continue DSC’s mission which benefits all sportsmen and women. This active support of conservation and education are the cornerstones of the group’s efforts to protect hunters’ rights worldwide.
Details about becoming a DSC chapter will be available soon on our website. Please visit www.biggame.org.