As this week's arctic blast begins to fade, a great way to spend the coming weekend is by making a short road trip to the Metroplex where dreams of next fall's hunting seasons can be planted.
Local hunters can do that this weekend as the 2018 Dallas Safari Club Convention makes its annual run, returning to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas.
This year's Legacy themed DSC Convention began yesterday, Thursday, Jan. 4 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 7. Show hours are from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. both today and tomorrow and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday.
According to DSC's web site, day passes are available for purchase at the door. Entry fees are $20 per person for one day; $30 per person tor two days; and $40 per person for the event's remaining three day run. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free while those on active military duty are also admitted free with a valid military ID.
DSC officials say in a news release that the family friendly event is open to the public and will fill a record 800,000 square feet this weekend. That will include some 1,000 exhibitors and 1,800 booths that feature outfitted hunts and fishing trips, sporting firearms, hunting and fishing gear, and much more.
The Zeiss Stage at this year's convention will be a sort of campfire around which various outdoor celebrities will gather to tell exciting tales from hunting and fishing camps experienced throughout North America, in Africa, and in other places around the world.
Game wardens with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the boots on the ground in TPWD's Operation Game Thief anti-poaching program and the traveling “Wall of Shame” exhibit, will also be on hand.
With entertainment serving as a key backdrop each year the convention, DSC officials say that Wylie, Texas singer/songwriter Kylie Rae Harris will entertain attendees with her brand of Americana and country music.
As usual, a number of great hunting, fishing, and outdoors seminars will also be presented by numerous industry experts on hand this weekend.
Renowned African safari hunting expert Craig Boddington will present a seminar that discusses hunting the Cape buffalo in Africa while Ivan Carter will present talks on hunting as a conservation tool and hunters as the true conservationists.
Ammunition maker Hornady will give an introduction to reloading as well as giving tips for improving rifle shooting accuracy.
Meanwhile, Dan Adler will present seminars on the hunting of the Coues deer and the giant bull elk found in the American southwest.
Texas very own Dr. James Kroll, known to millions as Dr. Deer as well as being a wildlife professor emeritus at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, will present seminars on unraveling the mysteries of the whitetail rut as well as processing your own venison into gourmet cuisine.
Finally, North Texas outdoor writer Luke Clayton will present a talk on cooking and smoking game and fish while noted outdoor writer and big game hunting expert Dr. Wayne van Zwoll will present a discussion on shooting better faster.
For information on this weekend's annual DSC Convention, visit the website at www.biggame.org.