The 2018 Dallas Safari Club Convention is returning to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Hotel Dallas in Downtown Dallas. “The Greatest Hunters’ Convention on the Planet” runs January 4-7, with doors open to the public Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s convention theme is Legacy. The family-friendly 2018 DSC expo is open to the public and will fill a record 800,000 square feet with 1,000 exhibitors and 1,800 booths featuring outfitted hunts, guns, gear, and much more. Among them will be Sporting Classics, located at Booth #3751. We’ll be next door to our good friend Ron Stepp and his Yukon River Knives, so be sure to stop by and see him, too!

Evening events include the pre-show Wednesday Welcome party at Gilley’s and the gala dinners with live auctions to follow Thursday through Saturday, all beginning with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are still available through

The Zeiss Stage in Hall F will again host outdoor legends Craig Boddington, Jim Shockey, Jim Zumbo, Larry Weishuhn, Blake Barnett, and others as they tell tales from hunt camp. Our rifles columnist, Ron Spomer, will be among them!

Showcased during the event will be artist Sally Maxwell, chosen as DSC’s Artist of the Year. Maxwell’s art is primarily on scratchboard, which produces stunning works depicting the beauty of nature. Her subjects range from wildlife to people and show a meticulous attention to detail and color through the effects possible with scratchboard. Maxwell will have a special auction item included in the live auction lineup and will have artwork featured on the cover of the convention issue of Game Trails for 2018.

The DSC convention and expo is one of the biggest fundraising events in Texas. Over the past six years, the live and silent auctions have generated more than $6.7 million for conservation, education, and hunter-advocacy initiatives around the world. In 2016 alone DSC raised more than $1.4 million for conservation causes worldwide, plus another $1 million specifically for youth education.

Sponsors of the 2018 DSC convention include Sporting Classics, Hornady Manufacturing, Bass Pro Shops, Zeiss Sport Optics, Midway USA, Trijicon, Veritex Bank, and Wildlife Partners, LLC, among many others.

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