AFA Desert Hawking Classic coming to Tucson!

The Desert Hawking Classic, one of the finest falconry meets in the Western US, is heading to Tucson! Game is plentiful, with cottontails, quail, black-tailed jacks, and Antelope jacks available!

Thanks to our friends at NAFA, and notably Sheldon Nicolle, we have online pre-registration available, including payment with a credit card or PayPal.
Please go to to enter the registration process.
Preregistration will eliminate the need for paperwork at the meet. Show up, pick up your attendee package, and go!
You can still register at the meet if you’d like but preregistration will help us with planning and make your experience faster and easier.
We are proud to announce that our banquet speaker this year will be Jeff 
Fincher from Tennessee. The banquet will be at the Radisson on January 26th.

Radisson Suites Tucson, 6555 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710
Please make your hotel reservations early ~ tell them you are with the Arizona
Falconers Association. Room rate is $145 for a king suite including pet fee
(birds, dogs). There are a limited number of rooms available ~ held only until
January 3rd

This year we tried to do something a little different by hosting the DHC in a larger city that would provide not only more amenities and easier access but a wide variety of hunting fields. The bad news is finding a centrally located venue that would be able to provide pet friendly rooms, a weathering yard and a large enough space to host the banquet in house proved to be more challenging than anticipated. We are very excited about the space that we did find but even after negotiating a group rate it is more expensive that we would like.

We have lowered every cost we possibly can to attempt to make up for this but the bottom line is for some people, staying at the venue might not be the preferred option. Since Tuscon is such a large city there are absolutely other hospitality options within close proximity and we have provided a list of alternate options for you below (however, we have not made any arrangements with any of the alternate hotels). All indications point to a record attendance rate for the 2019 DHC and some pretty great hunting fields. We hope to see you there and appreciate your patience as we learn and grow as an organization.

Super 8, 1550 W Grant Rd
Quality Inn Flamingo Downtown, 1300 N Stone Av
Country Inn and Suites, 705 N Freeway
Comfort Suites at Tucson Mall, 515 West Auto Mall Dr
Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway
La Quinta 6404 E Broadway Blvd

As usual, there is no charge to attend the meet itself.

Scheduled Activities:
We are planning an Apprentice Workshop on Saturday morning, nightly events,
and, of course, the world-famous AFA raffle!

Donations are still needed! You can bring donations to the meet or ship them
to us. Contact Juli, Shannon, or Charlie below for details.
Charlie Kaiser – 925 890 3517 or
Juli Bianchi-Ostler – 928 707 4048 or
Shannon McQuerry – 816-560-5681 or

AFA fall picnic Tucson October 6th

Hey everyone. The AFA is pleased to announce our first southern AZ event in a while. Brian Wood and Carissa Jonason are putting on a picnic Saturday, October 6th at 3 PM at Cam-Boh picnic area in Saguaro National Park just west of Tucson. AFA will provide meats for a main course; please bring something to share.
We are hoping for a great turnout. Come and meet other local falconers, talk falconry and birds, and celebrate the start of the hawking season! See you all there!

Cam-Boh picnic area map

AZGFD Apprentice packet available here

We have found recently that the AZGFD website is either not showing the apprentice packet or they are hiding it really well. I've notified the department but for now, here is the existing apprentice packet as individual files or the zip containing all of the PDFs.

Entire packet


Packet Contents

What is Falconry

Useful Falconry Websites

Facilities and Equipment guidelines

Mews Checklist

Guidelines for Prospective Falconers

Sport Falconry License Application


CO25 (note that this is an old version; see our other links for the current version)

Facilities and Equipment Inspection Form

Electronic Filing Instructions

AFA Field meet coming to Chino Valley!

The AFA Desert Hawking Classic is coming to Chino Valley Jan 25-28, 2018. The meet hotel is the Days Inn, Chino Valley. 928-636-0311 Rooms are limited so make your reservations now! This is not a large hotel and we expect it to be pretty full. When you call, tell them you are with the Arizona Falconers Association. Rooms that can accommodate birds are on the second floor. Note that dogs other than service dogs are not allowed per hotel policy. Room rates are $89.99 for double beds and $99.99 for a king. There are other pet-friendly hotels in the Prescott area; if you need pet-friendly rooms please make those arrangements soon!

We are pleased to announce that our banquet speaker this year will be Chase Delles from Minnesota!

We are planning an apprentice workshop on Saturday morning, a lunch BBQ on Friday, evening events Thursday and Friday including speakers and free food!

There is good game hawking in the area. Bunnies, Jacks, quail and ducks are all available.

Raffle donations are still needed! If you have raffle items to donate, you can bring them to the meet or send them in early. Contact Juli Bianchi-Ostler at: for more info about the raffle.

AFA Desert Hawking Classic Jan. 26-29 2017

The AFA DHC will be held in Wickenburg this year. The meet is Jan 26-29 and will be at the following hotel:

Los Viajeros Inn, Wickenburg, AZ 800.915.9795

Room rate is $85 per night plus tax, choice of single king or double queen. Please call and specify you are attending the Arizona Falconers Association meet to get the special rate. There is no pet fee: you will be allowed to take hawks in the rooms (drop cloths required!), but NOT dogs, as this hotel normally does not allow pets.

The meet flyer is here:

Desert Hawking Classic 2017 Flyer 121216

Please RSVP at the following link:

There is no cost to register but we need to know you are coming to ensure adequate facilities!

We will have guest speakers, workshops including the annual Apprentice Workshop, lots of game hawking, and of course, the Saturday night banquet and world-famous AFA raffle! Raffle donations are always needed so please bring your raffle donations to the meet.

We hope to have a registration page up soon. Details to follow. Thanks and see you in Wickenburg!

USFWS online 3-186A database is down

According to the USFWS, their online reporting database for falconry 3-186A forms is down with no estimate of when it will be back up. NAFA has stated that a copy of completed paper forms should be mailed to the regional USFWS offices, but the Albuquerque office (our region) has said that is unnecessary because they have no filing systems to manage those forms anymore. I have reached out to the main USFWS office in Washington to get some clear direction on this. For the time being, our recommendation is that you should take or mail completed 3-186A forms to your regional AZGFD office. They will maintain your file. Once a new reporting DB is in place, we will update you with the USFWS directions for reporting. Thanks Charlie Kaiser AFA President

Desert Hawking Classic and NAFA Regional Meet Information

The Arizona Falconers Association is proud to announce that our annual Desert Hawking Classic this winter is also a NAFA regional meet! Update - The banquet has been finalized. Banquet night tickets will be $35 per person. This includes happy hour, appetizers, full buffet dinner, our guest speaker, and the raffle. Tickets will be available at registration. The Apprentice workshop will be held Saturday morning starting at 9 AM. Please register online if you will be attending the banquet. The DHC will be held Jan 28-31 2016, in Kingman Arizona at the same hotel as before, which is now the Ramada Kingman. We have negotiated a discount rate. Single rooms will be $69.99 and double rooms will be $79.99. Rates do not include taxes. If we get enough rooms, the rate will discount further, and the discount will be reflected in your final bill. Please make your reservations early. Call the hotel directly and let them know you are with the Arizona Falconers group. Ramada Kingman 3100 East Andy Devine Ave, Kingman, AZ 86401-4209 1-928-753-6262 We are planning an apprentice workshop, an acoustic guitar jam, nightly events, a banquet, a special guest speaker, and, of course, the world-famous AFA raffle! Plenty of local gamehawking is available. Game is good in Arizona again this year! Bunnies, jacks, and quail abound. Bring your birds and fly 'em hard! If you have questions about the meet, you can send an email to See you in Kingman!