A Stuffed Rhino, $120K Hunting Trips, and Other Surprises You Can Find at the Dallas Safari Club Convention

Close your eyes and picture the State Fair of Texas. Now swap out the corny dogs for beef jerky, hot tubs and massage chairs for guns and antler chandeliers, Big Tex for a towering display of taxidermied exotic animals and you have the Dallas Safari Club Convention and Sporting Expo.The four-day annual show, which wraps up on Sunday, is one of the biggest of its kind in America. It’s a hunter’s dream — a dizzying whirlwind of camo with rows of exhibits adorned with real stuffed animals and guns sprawled across 800,000 square feet of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.For those not so familiar with the world of big game hunting, the expo can be a hotbed of fascinating facts. Here are a few:Big game means big bucksThose who venture into the world of big game face some wildly pricey territory. Some guided hunts can cost as much as $120,000 or more depending on location, time of year, and species sought. The cost usually includes permits, lodging, and a professional guide. Not all big game hunts require six-digit checks, but needless to say, they're not cheap.  Continue reading...

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