The Desert Hawking Classic is returning to Casa Grande Jan 22-25, 2015. The schedule is posted here We are thrilled to announce that the banquet speaker will be Lauren McGough, internationally known for flying Golden Eagles in Mongolia, Scotland and the U.S.A. We are planning an apprentice workshop, an acoustic guitar jam, nightly events, a banquet, 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! Please make your hotel reservations early! The meet hotel is: Holiday Inn 777 North Pinal Ave Casa Grande, AZ 85122 (520) 426-3500 A $89 discounted room rate is available that includes a full breakfast buffet for each person in the room. Call the hotel directly and mention that you are with the AZ Falconers Association when making reservations. Make your reservations early; while there is a block of available rooms, they will be released after January 15th and rates may go up.
The AFA DHC will be held in Kingman, AZ this coming January, the 23rd throuigh the 26th. Meet hotel will be the Magnuson Hotel on Andy Devine Ave. Details will be coming soon. Room rates will be $49.95 single, $59.95 double. If you want to make reservations, tell them you are with the Arizona Falconers Association and they'll put you in the reserved block. Pet fee has been waived for the meet, but please respect that and keep the rooms free from pet/bird problems! Thanks!!!
Mini Meet set near Phoenix Brian Olney will host the first mini meet of the season in the Desert Hills area North of Phoenix on Saturday, October 5th, 2013. We will meet at Brian's residence at 7:00 AM, go out in hawking parties, then regroup at Brian's place at 11:00 am for lunch. Refreshments will be provided. You will need to bring your own lunch or pick something up at a near by convenience store. Brian reports quail, cottontail and jacks on nearby state trust land. The address is 40024 N 12th St., Phoenix, between Anthem and Cave Creek. Directions from Carefree Highway and 7th street, go north on 7th St. 3.3 miles to Saddle Mountain Rd. Go right, East, to 12th St. and turn right. It will be the first house after your turn. Thank you, Brian! Anyone interested in hosting a future mini meet please contact Ken Mesch, 406-672-9906. Tom Munson to Host a Telemetry Workshop Date and location to be announced soon; Tom will work with falconers to show them how to make their own transmitters! Arizona Falconers Association Annual Picnic Reminder The Arizona Falconers Association invites you to attend a Falconer's Picnic on Sunday, September 22nd, at Thumb Butte Park near Prescott. This is the same location as previous AFA picnics. Directions: From Prescott, AZ: take Gurley Street west, which becomes Thumb Butte Road, travel 2.2 miles to the Thumb Butte Picnic Area entrance. The event will begin at 1 PM and end at 4 PM. Please feel free to bring your bird and the rest of your family. There will be grass and shade trees so you can stake out your bird. This will provide a great chance for apprentices to see hawks and falcons up close. No loose dogs please. Jennifer Moore from Arizona Public Service and Lesly Swanson of Salt River Project will speak at 1:30 about what is being done in Arizona to prevent raptor electrocutions. Tom Munson will give a short announcement of an upcoming telemetry workshop that he will host in the Phoenix area where falconers can actually make their own transmitters. AFA President Charlie Kaiser will update everyone on club activities. There will be no formal hunting trips planned in association with this event, but members are free to plan their own. The park has hiking trails and reportedly a peregrine nest site. Bring your binoculars or spotting scope! Hamburgers, hotdogs, and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to be shared with everyone. Bring your own beer, if you want it, but no glass containers are allowed in the park. Special thanks to Jeff Parker and Gary Lollman for setting this event up! There will be a club benefit "Garage Sale". Please bring your unwanted falconry related items; old perches, old hoods, old books or publications; things that still has some useful life in them, but you have moved on. We will tag them with garage sale pricing and the proceeds will help pay for the food. We hope to see a good turnout for this event. It will provide a great opportunity for members to make new friends in the sport, re-establish old friendships and to encourage camaraderie as we start this new hawking season. Feel free to invite any potential apprentices to the picnic. For more information, call Ken Mesch, AFA Secretary, at 406-672-9906. Save the Date! The Desert Hawking Classic will be January 23 through 26, 2014, in Kingman.
The annual Arizona Falconers Association Desert Classic Meet is coming up soon (January 24th through 27th) and it is shaping up to be a great one! You can click here for the meet flyer. You can click here for the meet schedule. Our Saturday night banquet speaker will be Bruce Taubert, renowned wildlife photographer. You may have seen his work in numerous Arizona publications. He is looking for falconers who will allow him to photograph their birds in a variety of settings. Please let us know if you are interested in having your bird become a photo model! We will be having our apprentice workshop on Saturday from about 10 AM until 2 PM. This is a great free class for apprentices, pre-apprentices, and those just trying to figure out if they're interested in pursuing the art and sport of falconry. On Friday from 10 AM until 1 PM, we will be having a giant-hood making workshop. See how we transform a single mild-mannered sheet of coroplast into super hawkbox! We will also have the world-famous AFA raffle Saturday night at the banquet. All activities will be held at the meet hotel, which is the Holiday Inn in Casa Grande, AZ. Get your room reservations NOW! For more information contact Ken Mesch at email@example.com or Charlie Kaiser at firstname.lastname@example.org See you in Casa Grande!
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Just keeping this at the top; the AFA Desert Hawking Classic will be held January 24th through 27th 2013 at the Holiday Inn in Casa Grande. Details to follow... Thanks!
Phoenix Metro No-hunt zone
Hi everyone. I wanted to get you all an update about the recent hunting regulation changes; notably the closure of most of the Phoenix metro area (as well as parts of Tucson and Flagstaff) to any type of hunting. This closure is a result of recent legislation that was designed to open additional hunting areas but had an unintended consequence of effectively shutting down falconry within the borders of the Phoenix metro area. If you have not seen it, there is a map of the closure at: http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/hunt-info/dove/metrodovemap-legaldescript.pdf More info can be found in the hunting regs available at: http://www.azgfd.gov/regs/mainregs.pdf That's a large PDF, so be prepared for a wait if you don't have high speed internet. We worked out a solution with AZGFD that provides for falconry-only seasons on all small game in the no-hunt zones. What this does is allow for falconry take of all normal game species throughout our normal seasons. It does this by creating those falconry-only seasons that coincide with the normal hunting seasons and then not applying the closure notes to them, thus allowing us to practice falconry within the zones. Please note that other local restrictions can still apply, so check carefully when going onto land you are not familiar with. Thanks!
Hi everyone. The Arizona Falconers Association invites you to attend a Falconer’s Picnic on October 20th at 10 AM in Veteran’s Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ. We will meet at the Gambel’s Quail Pavilion. Please feel free to bring your bird and the rest of your family. There will be grass and shade trees so you can stake out your bird. This will provide a great chance for apprentices to see hawks and falcons up close. The park has hiking trails and a fishing lake for family fun. Great wildlife viewing opportunities are onsite, including an Environmental Education Center and nature store. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to be shared with everyone. Bring your own beer, if you want it, but no glass containers are allowed in the park. There will be a club benefit “Garage Sale”. Please bring your unwanted falconry related items; old perches, old hoods, old books or publications; things that still has some useful life in them, but you have moved on. We will tag them with garage sale pricing and the proceeds will help pay for the food. AFA President Charlie Kaiser will update everyone on club activities and the status of proposed regulations affecting our sport. There will be no formal hunting trips planned in association with this event, but members are free to plan their own. We hope to see a good turnout for this event. It will provide a great opportunity for members to make new friends in the sport, re-establish old friendships and to encourage camaraderie as we start this new hawking season. Feel free to invite any potential apprentices to the picnic. For more information, call Ken Mesch, new AFA Secretary, at 406-672-9906. We have also set the date for the Desert Hawking Classic. The meet will be held at the Holiday Inn in Casa Grande January 24th through 27th. Details to come soon, but save the dates now!
Final new AZ falconry regs published! Hi everyone. I have great news for you. The new AZ regs have been approved and will go into effect January 1, 2013! I am very happy with the final product, especially given the first draft we saw several summers ago in Flagstaff. A lot of hard work by a lot of people went into this rule package and I'm thankful to all of them. I've attached a copy of the final rule for your reading pleasure. Feel free to pass this on to any interested parties. Charlie Kaiser President Arizona Falconers Association