DSC funding totaling more than $1 million

aalionsHunters spending their money to help insure the future of hunting is a big part of what the Dallas Safari Club does.

For the second straight year, Dallas Safari Club in 2013 will grant more than a million dollars for conservation, education and hunter advocacy efforts worldwide.

DSC’s total funding commitment for 2013 is $1,010,000 — a record for the organization.

The allocation follows major growth in the DSC annual convention and expo. Held early each January at the Dallas Convention Center, the event has been steadily growing in size, attendance and total fundraising.

Ben Carter, DSC executive director, said, “As gratifying as it’s been to see our annual convention grow, it’s even more rewarding to see the money from our supporters go for conserving wildlife, protecting wild places, educating youth and the general public, and defending hunters’ rights around the world.”

Carter thanked convention exhibitors, attendees and volunteers, along with DSC members, for their passion and continuing support of the DSC mission.

Projects to receive DSC funding this year include anti-poaching efforts in Africa, forest restoration in New Mexico, genetic and lion research in Africa, pronghorn and desert bighorn sheep restoration initiatives in Texas, mule deer and elk research in Nevada, habitat improvements in Africa, several youth and veteran hunts, numerous conservation education events and other worthy initiatives.

DSC also is continuing its annual purchase of life insurance policies for all game wardens in Texas.

Finally, funding also will support DSC’s own mission delivery programs, such as the Dallas Ecological Foundation’s popular Outdoor Adventures program, which is expanding conservation curriculum in Texas schools.