AFA Summer Picnic – August 10th 2019 @ Thumb Butte picnic area in Prescott, AZ

Date: Saturday, August 10th 2019

Time: 11am - 3pm

Location: Thumb Butte group picnic area in Prescott, AZ

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Details: We will be firing up the grill with the club providing entrees and water but please bring a dish to share. Other drinks are BYOB. Meet new members, visit with old friends and bring any questions to the brief membership meeting. For those looking for a sponsor, this is your best opportunity to meet other falconers and network. Hope to see you there!

Contact Harold Smith @ 480 280 1313 or with any questions

No dogs allowed per picnic area rules

Pictures from last years picnic:

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