The DSC Convention, Mogambo: Dagga Boy Danger, held in Dallas in mid-January at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, saw a healthy increase in day traffic and brisk business for most exhibitors. The Greatest Hunters’ Convention on the Planet™ is one of Dallas’ largest, occupying 800,000 square feet of exhibit space for four days.
Though not required to attend the show, DSC memberships are now at a steady 6,352. More than 700 memberships were processed at the show, from people who believe in the DSC mission and want to step up and show support. The auctions and raffles raised more than $3 million. Once the 2019 grants are reviewed and approved, DSC will likely approve nearly $2 million to a variety of programs and projects that advance its mission of conservation, education, and advocacy.
Convention Chairs Charlie and Winona Barnes said, “What happened here at Mogambo wasn’t about what we did, but rather what that formidable team called the DSC 100 did. We are grateful to be a part of it. There were so many special stories about volunteers going above and beyond, of staff doing the impossible, of the hotel and convention center taking care of our fantastic guests and exhibitors. All we can say is a huge thank you for this opportunity.”
DSC President Karl Evans said, “I shouldn’t be surprised, but this year’s Convention was another example of what a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers, exhibitors and corporate sponsors can accomplish together. I am both humbled and proud to be part of this organization that does so much to serve and advance the hunting industry.”
In addition to the exhibit hall activity, a number of important meetings with industry and government officials took place, among them the inaugural meeting of the DSC Conservation Advisory Board. This new group is charged with the mission of providing subject matter expertise with both regional and global perspectives on needed research, program development and advocacy. The CAB will advise and assist the DSC Board and Grants Committee on domestic and international conservation issues to ensure that DSC’s mission fulfillment is focused most appropriately.
DSC Executive Directory Corey Mason said, “When we say the world comes to Dallas, it’s true. We’ve had officials and notable conservationists from around the world sit down to discuss important matters and to cooperate on developing policies that conserve wildlife worldwide.”
Mason continued, “DSC is well underway with the planning the 2020 show. The theme is Heritage, and we will improve and upgrade all the success we created at Mogambo. We cannot wait to invite the hunting world again to Dallas.”
A special thank you to our corporate sponsors for their generosity and support of our mission. Sponsors of the 2019 DSC Convention include Sports Afield, Hornady, Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s, MidwayUSA, Trijicon, Inc., WildLife Partners LLC, Boyt Harness Company, Trophy Shippers, Alford Media, Lone Star Outdoor News, Blaser USA, Inc., Capital Farm Credit, Federal Premium Ammunition, Global Rescue, Michel Mantheakis Safaris Ltd., OX Ranch, RAD Rides, Rock Island Auction Company, GASTON J. GLOCK style LP, Lochow Ranch Pond & Lake Management, RAM, Swift Bullet Company, 5.11 Tactical, Arctic North Guides, Choctaw Hunting Lodge, EuroOptic, Ltd., Legendary Consortium, Trophy West Guide Outfitters, Scott Lake Lodge, Wild Hunting in Turkey, Adam Clements Safari Trackers, Adams Alaskan Safaris, Advantage Sales Promotion, Big Time Hunts, Core-Vens Insurance, McCallum Safaris Tanzania, Esplanade Travel, Heads Above The Rest Inc., Nicholas Air, North Island Guide Outfitters, Rungwa Game Safaris, Pro Hunt Concierge Ltd., John Tolmay – Bronze Art, Uganda Wildlife Safaris Ltd., Zander Osmers Safaris, Champlin Firearms, Inc., Dirk de Bod Safaris Namibia, J/B Adventures & Safaris, Beasley’s Fine Jewelry, Patrick Mavros, Baranof Wilderness Alaska Lodge, Daggaboy Hunting Safaris, Edward Jones – Abe Nayfa, NRA – Women’s Leadership Forum, Pascoe Gallery, Sean Lingl’s Canadian Guide Outfitters Ltd., TAG Safaris, and Wild Arts by Raj S. Paul.
Success by the numbers
35,523 Attendance (30% increase above last year)
758 Memberships processed (includes 412 new and 65 Life Members)
$3 Million Auction Dollars Raised