After an exhaustive search from a qualified pool of applicants, the search committee recommended Corey Mason for the position of Executive Director of DSC. On August 9, the DSC Board of Directors approved the recommendation, and Mason has accepted the offer.
A Certified Wildlife Biologist®, Mason was Regional Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife in Region 3 since 2012, where he had oversight of 59 staff and 21 wildlife management areas. He began his career with Texas Parks and Wildlife in 2001, and has served in various parts of Texas in different roles. His duties have required him to interact with the public and outdoor media professionals, legislators, universities, private landowners, as well as federal, state and regional agencies.
His Master’s in Science, Wildlife Management, was obtained at Stephen F. Austin State University. He has published peer-reviewed work on several topics ranging from wetlands management to dove population studies. Mason is the current president of the Texas chapter of the Wildlife Society, and has been a member since 1996, and of the national Wildlife Society since 1998.
For a time, Corey guided hunts in Texas and New Mexico for elk, mule deer, aoudad, turkey and quail. His hunting has taken him to the western U.S., Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.
DSC President Craig Nyhus said, “We’re excited to welcome Corey to the DSC family. Many in the outdoor industry already know him, and we are looking forward to introducing him and his wife, Karyn, to our members and exhibitors.”
Jim Tolson, chair of the search committee, said, “We feel that Corey is the right choice because of his expertise as well as his familiarity with many of the issues in conservation, hunter advocacy and policy, and outdoor education. Plus, he is well-known by many of the conservation partners that DSC already works with.”
Mason said, “As a hunter and wildlife biologist, I am very honored and excited to have been selected. Everyone has been extremely welcoming, and I am eager to meet with our members, and industry and conservation partners to begin tackling the pressing issues.” Mason’s official duties begin Sept. 5, 2017.
A member of IUCN, DSC is a mission-focused conservation organization, funded by hunters from around the world. With an administrative staff of less than 15 and a volunteer army of 500, DSC hosts the Greatest Hunters Convention on the Planet™ that raises funds for grants in conservation, outdoor education and hunter advocacy. In the past five years, more than $5 million has been channeled to qualified projects, organizations and programs in support of that mission. Get involved with DSC at www.biggame.org.
DSC Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. DSC Foundation serves the mission of DSC to conserve wildlife and wilderness lands, to educate youth and the general public and to promote and protect the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Learn more about DSC Foundation at www.dscf.org.