Dallas Safari Club is more than just a hunting show….vendors have spent thousands of dollars to get to the show. Vendors come from all over the world to showcases their hunting ranches, consortium, paddocks and leases. If you take a deeper look into the aisles filled with people you will notice something, hugs being shared with the outfitters, and/or introduction of new family members to others. See, there is a deeper meaning of what’s behind the hunting shows, that media leaves out. Sure, they are quick to throw a Cheerleader from Lubbock under the bus or raise hell about an elephant that will feed the village for months. But what the media doesn’t show or understand is the heritage of hunting, that even some of the greatest men in history have been a part of. Example and case in point, President Teddy Roosevelt went on countless hunts, and created one of the greatest park systems in the United States. He understood the need for conservation, and maintaining a place for the public to enjoy nature. Once again hunting created a conservation and awareness to the public. The media needs to get off their dead butts and really understand what happens to the guy that buys an elephant hunt. Yes, it is a trophy but the money goes to conservation for helping more animals, and if you ever stood 16 yards to 17 bull elephants staring you down then you will know that this is a dangerous game hunt, not a walk in the park. Let’s talk about cruel, the activist want to throw these animals in a zoo where they are confined and don’t enjoy the freedom of nature, now that’s a thought. Oh and not to mention, that when you shoot an elephant you are helping to preserve them, the money helps fund the African countries, feeds the villages, and the hides go to make products that are sold to Americans. So to the media: get the whole story….
So I got side tracked for a minute on some important topics. But this topic is the most important one, it’s family. The DSC is all about family and the relationships that have formed over the years makes it so exciting to go back and visit each year. It truly is like old home week that you’ll have to just experience for yourself one day!
This year was even more special to me because it was a day spent with my son, Justin and his son Luke. Yes that is correct, my grandson Luke. After a tough couple of years with a torn aorta and facing death a few times, I laid in the hospital for 25 days and spent a year plus in recovery dreaming of days like this that could be spent with my family. (3 Generations) God truly blessed me and has given me so many opportunities to enjoy the most important thing which I believe to be, family. See that’s what’s hunting is really about, relationships. These relationships can be shared for generations. I challenge any person to ask about a story of any and every mount that they have hanging in the living room, man cave, or trophy room. There will be a story attached with that mount. See, the non-hunter doesn’t see that part of the journey.
Justin and I spent many hours walking around hunting shows dreaming of hunts and time that we would spend in the
outdoors. This day would be an extra special day spent with showing off my grandson to my DSC family. That is pretty special when you can spend those days with him and my son. So now the dreaming of hunts has gone to a new level. Thinking and planning of hunts that we can do someday is right around the corner. That’s what hunting shows are for, planting seeds and allow you to look towards the future. We did take some time and visit with some dear friends Andy & Karen Savage with HGO Outfitters, and working on dates to go on a bear hunt, we hope in May. Hoping we can bring some product tips on shooting bears to the guru site. Remember Dream big and take that hunt of a lifetime!