New Speaker Announced for The Greatest Hunters’ Convention on the Planet™!

(Dec, 8, 2017 – DALLAS) —  Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding will share his incredible story of perseverance as the 2018 Life Member Breakfast Speaker. A Green Beret, Silver Star Medal Recipient and owner of 5 Toes Custom Guns, this Texas native has continued to serve his country despite facing major injury. Join Staff Sgt. John Wayne Walding and fellow life members at the Life Member Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6. Not a life member? Upgrade today!


It’s right around the corner. On Jan. 4, one of the world’s fastest growing outdoor conventions and expos, the 2018 DSC Convention, opens in Dallas. Held in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Hotel Dallas in Downtown Dallas, the show theme this year is Legacy. Show dates are Jan. 4-7, 2018, and the hours are Thursday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The DSC convention and expo is one of the biggest fundraising events in Texas. Over the past six years, the event has 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.


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. The Zeiss Stage will host outdoor celebrities telling tales from hunt camp, and law enforcement officers who are the boots on the ground in Operation Game Thief.


Singer/songwriter Kylie Rae Harris, a Wylie, Texas native, will entertain the crowd with her brand of Americana and country music as well.

Make plans to watch respected hunter and award-winning author Craig Boddington receive the Weatherby Foundation International Hunting and Conservation Award. The event will be held at the Omni Hotel on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Cocktails and the silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner and live auction will begin at 7 p.m.


The Conklin Award, created to recognize a superb hunter and stalwart conservationist in memory of James E. Conklin, will be presented to Alexander Egorov at the Omni Hotel Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m.


The Ladies’ Luncheon & Auction will be held at the Omni Hotel in the Trinity Ballroom on Jan. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Sponsors of the 2018 DSC convention include Sports Afield, Hornady, Bass Pro Shops, Zeiss, Midway USA, Boyt Harness Company, Trijicon, Inc., Wildlife Partners, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., Blaser USA, Inc., Capital Farm Credit, Global Rescue, Michel Mantheakis Safaris, Ltd., OX Hunting Ranch, RAD RIDES, Rock Island Auction, Shikar Safaris, SIXSITE, Triple G McKinney Group, Veritex Bank, Lone Star Outdoor News, Alford Media, EarthRoamer, EuroOptic, Ltd., Lone Star Ag Credit, Nicholas Air, Ram, Swift Bullet Company, Vogt Silversmiths, Wild Hunting in Turkey, and Witherspoon Distillery.


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About DSC

A member of IUCN, DSC is a mission-focused conservation organization, funded by hunters from around the world. With an administrative staff of less than 15 and a volunteer army of 500, DSC hosts the Greatest Hunters Convention on the Planet™ that raises funds for grants in conservation, outdoor education and hunter advocacy. In the past five years, more than $5 million has been channeled to qualified projects, organizations and programs in support of that mission. Get involved with DSC at

About DSCF
DSC Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. DSC Foundation serves the mission of DSC to conserve wildlife and wilderness lands, to educate youth and the general public and to promote and protect the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Learn more about DSC Foundation at

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