The 2016 Dallas Safari Club Convention was a huge success, setting new records for attendance and fundraising.
The wrapping up of hunting seasons and the onset of winner can only mean one thing: it’s convention season. Each winter the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) hosts a convention in Dallas (go figure) as their primary fundraising event on the calendar.
DSC Executive Director Ben Carter said in a press release, “The annual convention is our largest fundraiser of the year, a chance for hunters and conservation-minded people from across the globe to gather and generate the revenue necessary for DSC to fulfill its mission statement.” However, this years convention was bigger than ever.
The four-day show broke records in size, attendance, exhibitors, and fundraising, according to the DSC press release.
51,000 attendees perused 800,000 square feet of exhibit space covered by 1,035 exhibitors and their 1,850 unique exhibits. That’s a lot of space dedicated to big game hunting and conservation, and that’s a lot of people interested in these same topics.
They didn’t just break size and attendance records, though. The DSC also broke their fundraising record, raising over $6 million that will “directly support wildlife conservation, outdoor education and the protection of hunters’ rights around the world.” How awesome is that?
The Club also picked up 450 new members throughout the convention, boosting their global totals to over 6,000. Each night’s award banquet sold out, with over 1,300 in attendance.
Next year’s DSC Convention will again be held in Dallas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Jan. 5-8, 2017.
These types of records can only mean one thing: big game hunting and conservation is alive and well, and there are a bunch of people out there fighting to keep it that way.