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Old 12-03-2021, 07:17 AM   #1
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So is the annual convention worth going to or is it mainly set up for hunters that are more financially blessed than I am. Are the outfitters in full force or is it mainly vendors of merchandise that I probably not going to be interested in? A buddy said he would like to go so I told him I would ask the experts that have experienced it in the past and get back to him. How many days does it take to do it justice? We are not really interested in any International hunting trips but mostly Canada and North America hunts.
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Old 12-03-2021, 07:25 AM   #2
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It’s one of the coolest hunting things I’ve ever been too. It’s worth it to just walk around but as far as hunts/ merchandise it’s pretty high dollar and geared more for wealthy people. Not to say you couldn’t find a hunt in your budget if you ask around though.
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Old 12-03-2021, 07:42 AM   #3
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I haven’t been to one in years but always enjoyed going. It’s definitely a rich mans event but there might be something there within your budget. As far as how long does it take, I was always done “ shopping” within a few hours. I go to boat shows even if I’m not in the market. I don’t think you would regret the overall experience.

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Old 12-03-2021, 08:00 AM   #4
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Worth it just to walk around and see the taxidermy. A day should do unless you spend a fair chunk of time talking to outfitters.
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:01 AM   #5
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It's always a fun time. Lots of cool things to see. Parking is the worst part of the show. I always buy tickets online so we don't have to wait in line and we take an uber or cab when possible.
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:10 AM   #6
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Can you make a "deal" in the online auction?
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:15 AM   #7
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It is a great show and you will need a full day (two if you are stopping and talking to outfitters) to walk the floor.

I hate that ATA is at the same time, so I will miss DSC.
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:16 AM   #8
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So another question. Is the one in Las Vegas, SCI. is it basically the same or would it be more for the run of the mill hunter
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:19 AM   #9
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If youíve never seen it, then youíll probably enjoy it. Iíve been several times and no longer enjoy walking on a hard surface all day so Iíve attended my last. If you want to hunt Iowa whitetails go find a booth from Tails of the Hunt (not misspelled) and tell them to kiss my uhÖÖ.backside ! Thoroughly crooked SOB who will screw you in a hearbeat.

If you pass by the double rifles (that I canít afford and have no use for) please caress a couple for me and tell themÖÖwell, this a family site. All foolishness aside it is an enjoyable place to spend a Saturday or a weekend.

The part about Tails of the Hunt wasnít foolishness, it was real.
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:19 AM   #10
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Hands down the best around. Outfitters from all over the world, phenomenal taxidermy, guns, hunting vehicle conversions, gear and some of the finest “scenery”. Convention center is massive so it’s not overly crowded.
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:25 AM   #11
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Thanks guys. Sounds like I will have fun. The Mrs. will probably require me to leave my checkbook at home.
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:56 AM   #12
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I attend DSC , SCl and HSC most years. More of a visit with friends for me but I always check out outfitters and love the energy. I don't completely agree with with "no hunts for common" hunters. There are always folks doing budget conscious trips if you poke around. Yes, get there at opening and 1 full day should be plenty.

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Old 12-03-2021, 09:11 AM   #13
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I attend DSC , SCl and HSC most years. More of a visit with friends for me but I always check out outfitters and love the energy. I don't completely agree with with "no hunts for common" hunters. There are always folks doing budget conscious trips if you poke around. Yes, get there at opening and 1 full day should be plenty.

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Thanks, maybe we can meet up if you are there. Plan on being there Day 1.
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Old 12-03-2021, 09:16 AM   #14
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Definitely go during the week if you can as its less crowed. Just spoke to some friends from South Africa yesterday and they are scrambling to figure out the flight ban issues so this should be interesting as the month progresses.
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Old 12-03-2021, 11:12 AM   #15
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My wife and I enjoy going. Lots of outfitters there from all over the world. We always have a lot of fun. Plenty of vendors to buy from as well. We just booked a trip to Vegas to check out the SCI show as well. Have not been to it before so looking forward to a fun weekend. I enjoy the conventions and think everyone should go at least once just to check it out.
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Old 12-03-2021, 11:21 AM   #16
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What do yall like better, the SCI or DSC?
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Old 12-03-2021, 12:11 PM   #17
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Dsc is a blast! I gotta work this year and it’s killing me to miss it.
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Old 12-03-2021, 12:34 PM   #18
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Entry tickets at SCI in Vegas are higher, 4 day is 275 but it is HUGE! Plus it is in Vegas!

I enjoy both.
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Old 12-03-2021, 03:17 PM   #19
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Entry tickets at SCI in Vegas are higher, 4 day is 275 but it is HUGE! Plus it is in Vegas!

I enjoy both.
Hope Vegas doesn't shut back down like they did a few months ago. Could take my wife and do a couple of shows with her along.
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Old 12-03-2021, 03:44 PM   #20
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Really enjoyed DSC we went and booked our Africa safari a few years back it was a fantastic hunt and I am not a rich man so depending on what your looking for there are some deals
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Old 12-03-2021, 04:57 PM   #21
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Just booked out hotel. Not the Omni next door $599+tax but the Holiday Inn Express
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Old 12-03-2021, 05:17 PM   #22
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Love DSC shows! Wife and I go every year. Always meet cool people. I agree you can find budget trips. Just depends on what you want to hunt/fish. We normaly go during the week for two days as we like to BS with folks we know and take our time.
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Old 12-03-2021, 06:48 PM   #23
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Itís one of the coolest hunting things Iíve ever been too. Itís worth it to just walk around but as far as hunts/ merchandise itís pretty high dollar and geared more for wealthy people. Not to say you couldnít find a hunt in your budget if you ask around though.

ThisÖlook forward to attending every year!


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Old 12-04-2021, 08:00 AM   #24
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The KS outfitters, Pheasants Galore, we met there years ago. Very reasonably priced, had some great hunts. If you see them,, tell Kyle hi. Not rich enough for most stuff there, but do like to look
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Old 12-04-2021, 08:13 AM   #25
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If you click on the exhibiter floor plan there is a icon at the top entitled "exhibiter list". You can then look at the websites of the outfitters that are attending that you are interested in and see if their hunts are in your price range. Doing this saves you a lot of potentially wasted time talking to outfitters whose hunts don't meet your needs.

https://www.biggame.org/convention/e...r-information/
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Old 01-03-2022, 03:06 PM   #26
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DSC is so much better IMHO than SCI. Go to Dallas every year. Went to Vegas once
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Old 01-03-2022, 03:18 PM   #27
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I remember being a kid and getting so mad I'd nearly start crying. This is the same feeling when I go to shows like this

Yeah I really want to book a Tanzania Cape Buffalo hunt, buy a $50k double rifle, or a $30k African scene painting...but my finances let me down once again.
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Old 01-03-2022, 03:52 PM   #28
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I go most years, it is fun how with a lot to offer. Much of it is high dollar but some of those things can be enjoyed as a spectator (rigs, rifles, knives, etc) and the hunts range in price and geography so if you are looking for something specific you may have luck getting leads. Also, they have a lot of brokers/outfitters who may be good to meet for future reference.
Lot's of drawings as well so if you're willing to gamble you never know what you might win. I've never gone for more than one day and I see most of the show that I want to.

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Old 01-03-2022, 03:56 PM   #29
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Definitely worth the trip. Also you don't have to be sitting on a fortune to go to Africa. I went a couple of years ago (34) and spent idk 6-7K I guess. If you are good with shooting good animals vs "trophies" its very manageable. I plan to go back in a few years.

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Old 01-04-2022, 05:03 PM   #30
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Being a large Dallas venue, will they require a mask? Sadly, I’m out if it’s required.
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Old 01-04-2022, 05:29 PM   #31
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Being a large Dallas venue, will they require a mask? Sadly, I’m out if it’s required.
Last I had heard was no mask requirements. But not absolutely sure now.
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Old 01-04-2022, 06:56 PM   #32
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Me,and a friend went years ago..He was just tagging along.I was looking for an outfitter/guide for a public land tag in Colorado..He met a guy,that knew a guy..Long story short..Been hunting whitetail/mule deer on his ranch in Nebraska for 10 yrs..What he pays that ranch owner would floor you..It's a cool avenue,and lots of fun.Never know what contacts you'll make.
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Old 01-05-2022, 08:06 PM   #33
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Does anyone know what the rules are for Concealed Carry in the convention. Don't want to carry up there in an UBER only to have to turn around and go leave it in room
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Old 01-05-2022, 08:35 PM   #34
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I fly out in the morning. Stop by booth 440 and say hello


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Old 01-05-2022, 08:45 PM   #35
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Missed last 2 yrs do to family matters and fear of covid. Not going this year due to fear of Covid. Prior to this, I have been an annual attendee for several years. I've always had a blast. I enjoy the days walks on the convention floor and the free seminars on Saturdays. I normally make it a 4 day event and then go on some kind of a hunt while in Texas. I live in Mississippi and Mississippi always has a good representation of visitors to the convention. I am also a Life Member of DSC.

I have gotten some good deals on hunts and many other items. It is as "rich" as you want (can afford) it to be. Taxidermy displays are worth the trip. Have made many friends over the years I have attended. I hope Covid is over by next year, as I truly miss not attending.

Last word I read, no masks are required. Don't know what the rules are on concealed carry.
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Old 01-05-2022, 09:16 PM   #36
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What's the price to get in? Really thinking about it. Been trying to find a few hunts. Might be the perfect time.

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Old 01-05-2022, 09:32 PM   #37
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I'm taking my 10 yo grandson tomorrow so he can see the mounts, guns and other cool stuff.
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Old 01-05-2022, 09:36 PM   #38
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$25 for a day pass
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Old 01-06-2022, 09:30 AM   #39
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I will be there tomorrow. Need to meet up with my PH from Limcroma and have a beer. Have a few other booths I'd like to explore as well. It's a great place to find new hunt ideas and do a lot of research. Even if you don't end up booking with one of the exhibitors, where else can you sit down with so many of them and ask all your questions and truly get face to face knowledge about a hunt. It's great because you can talk to multiple outfitters regarding a hunt (ex. Red stag in NZ) and truly get an idea of how that hunt would go down. Every outfitter is different, but not that different that you won't see a common theme/style of the hunt. Once you decide that type of hunt is the one for you, you can then find the right outfitter.
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Old 01-06-2022, 07:41 PM   #40
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My Wife and I will be there on Saturday.

Iím excited, she is not


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Old 01-06-2022, 08:42 PM   #41
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Gentlemen, would my 3 year old and 18 month old enjoy this or am I asking for trouble?

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Old 01-06-2022, 09:02 PM   #42
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Old 01-06-2022, 09:08 PM   #43
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I took mine when they were young. 18 month can sleep in the stroller if you are lucky. 3 year will get bored after a while and force you to leave
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Old 01-06-2022, 09:09 PM   #44
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Old 01-06-2022, 09:10 PM   #45
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We had a great time today. So much cool stuff! What a unique glimpse into so many different hunting and fishing scenarios from around the world. Oh, and do yourself a favor and climb up to the deer blind of all deer blinds if you haven't already. Lord, I would like to have a stand like that and the appropriate ranch to put it on. lol
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