Every hunter dreams of that great adventure to Alaska, Africa, New Zealand, or another exotic place, where animal populations thrive in pristine environs and a modern sportsman can experience hunting as it was 100 years ago. Essential to making this dream a success is the philosophy, Ready… fire… aim. In other words, plan your dream trip and decide to do it next year or within a three-year window, regardless of your age. Those someday trips evaporate like snow in the desert and if you set a trip goal, the stars seem to align and you find ways to make it happen. The Dallas Safari Club is one of the premier hunting and conservation organizations in the world, and OutdoorHub showcases their advice.

Hunting season 2013 isn’t even underway yet, but smart hunters are already thinking about next year. With sporting shows and conventions only a few months away, Dallas Safari Club (DSC) is offering a three-part series of tips on how to choose, find, and book your 2014 adventure of a lifetime.

byers012Part 1: Preparing for upcoming hunting expos.  There’s no substitute for speaking face-to-face with hunt operators, guides, and outfitters. Shows like the annual DSC convention and expo, where hundreds of hunting opportunities from around the world can be found beneath one roof, are do-not-miss events. Slated for January 9 through 12 in Dallas, the DSC expo is the first major hunting show of the year. Attendees get first dibs on the best hunts and dates. See details at

Here are three tips to help you prepare for the shows to find your perfect hunt.

1.Forward thinking: Decide now what kind of hunt you’re interested in…

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.