Desert Hawking Classic coming soon!

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  or Charlie Kaiser at See you in Casa Grande!

Phoenix Metro No-hunt zone

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: More info can be found in the hunting regs available at: 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!

AFA Fall Picnic and Desert Hawking Classic announcement

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!

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