2016 Field Meet Registration is Open!
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
2016 NAFA FIELD MEET UPDATE
Registration is Open! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
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The molt is well under way and it’s the time of year to be making plans to attend the 2016 NAFA Field Meet! This year’s meet will be hosted in Elk City, Oklahoma. On the western side of the Sooner State, Elk City is conveniently located between Oklahoma City and Amarillo on I40 and the historic Route 66. Briefly named Busch, Oklahoma, in a failed attempt to attract a beer brewery, Elk City has been a cattle hub since 1901. Visitors can "get their kicks" at a variety of museums including the National Route 66 Museum, Old Town Complex, and the one-of-a-kind Transportation Museum.
Western Oklahoma is well known for providing hunters with a variety of game, and Elk City is one of Oklahoma’s true western communities. A day in the field could provide you with the chance to fly cottontails, jack rabbits, quail, and ducks in wide open skies.
The Clarion Inn at 101 Meadow Ridge, Elk City, Oklahoma (580-225-6637), will be our meet location. At rate of $65.99 plus tax a night, free breakfast, the pet fee waived, indoor pool, miniature golf, plus a restaurant and awesome bar on site, one would be hard pressed to find a better deal!
Rooms at the Clarion Inn were reserved quick and is already down to the waiting list. If you missed getting a reservation at the main meet hotel, the Comfort Inn (580-303-9100) across the street is offering the same negotiated rate for meet attendees. There are multiple other hotels nearby if you would like to explore other options.
Guest speakers and activities are currently being lined up, and promise to be very interesting and entertaining, including the Oklahoma Falconers Association sponsoring the icebreaker on Sunday night and guest speaker, Jim Lish PhD, an expert on Red-tail hawks and their color variations.
The meet will also be highlighted by a variety of vendors and many chances to win great items in nightly raffles. The vendor list is still growing and more space is still available. If you would like a chance to sell items at the largest falconry event in North America please contact Mario Nickerson (email@example.com). Raffle items are still needed as well, donations to the meet raffle helps support NAFA and gives fellow members a chance to gain more falconry hardware we all so desperately seek to obtain. Please contact Rob Huber (firstname.lastname@example.org) to contribute to this meet highlight.
Oklahoma hunting license requirements for falconers are not overly complicated, however there are a few additional requirements to consider:
Hunting licenses can be purchased ahead of time online or when you arrive in Oklahoma from any sporting goods or outdoors store.
· Online License purchases Oklahoma Department of Wildlife conservation (OWDC): https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/forget1/OnlineSales.aspx.
· List of Online Licenses Available: https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/forget1/LicenseDescription.aspx.
Oklahoma offers two hunting license options, depending on the length of your stay.
1. Non-resident 5-Day Small Game License: $70.00
A five-day nonresident hunting license to hunt game other than deer or turkey. Legal for 5 consecutive days. https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/forget1/OnlineSales.aspx.
2. Non-resident Annual Small Game License: $137.00
Annual hunting license for non-residents hunting game other than deer or turkey. https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/forget1/OnlineSales.aspx.
1. Oklahoma Waterfowl License (State waterfowl stamp): $10.00. Obtain online from Oklahoma Department of Wildlife at https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/forget1/OnlineSales.aspx or any Oklahoma sporting goods, or outdoors store.
2. Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal duck stamp). Required for all waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older; available at U.S. Post Offices, other hunting license outlets or www.duckstamp.com. The stamp must be signed across its face, by the person using it.
Oklahoma allows properly licensed non-resident falconers to trap listed legal raptors with a Non-resident 10-day Falconry License. This license is only required to trap, it is not required if you only plan to hunt.
· Non-resident 10-day Falconry License: $25.00. A non-resident falconry license may be obtained by contacting, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Becky Rouner, Administrative Assistant, Phone: (405)-521-4660, Becky.Rouner@odwc.ok.gov.
· Processing time for non-resident falconry licenses is a minimum of 30 days.
· Oklahoma Harvest Information Program (HIP) Certification: https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/forget1/OnlineSales.aspx. Free, when obtained on-line at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Website or $3.00, if purchased anywhere but online. This certification is required to hunt any migratory game bird, such as dove, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, woodcock, rails, gallinules, and snipe, and is required regardless if you have one from your home state.
· All licensed hunters are required to wear either a head covering or outer garment of Hunter Orange during open gun deer season November 11, 12, 13, and 19, and thereafter, unless you are hunting waterfowl. For safety reasons, ODWC encourages, but does not require, anyone else in the field to wear a hunter orange vest or hat. Please observe the dates you are hunting at the meet. First weekend of the meet and the last weekend of the meet will have the hunter orange requirement. Orange will not be required Monday-Friday of the meet
Oklahoma requires no import permit or health certificate; however, be mindful of states you may traverse and their rules and regulations when traveling to Oklahoma.
Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after September 2, 1971, must have successfully completed an approved Hunter Education Training Course and be prepared to present evidence of same upon application for appropriate licenses. Exceptions for Apprentice-Designated License: See http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/laws_regs.htm
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Contacts
- Website: http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/
- Oklahoma Hunting Official Hunting Regulations: http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/laws_regs.htm
- ODWC Falconry Coordinator at NAFA Meet: Rod Smith, Office Phone: (580) 529-2795, Mobile Phone: 580-695-5808, Rod.Smith@odwc.ok.gov, and Becky Rouner, Administrative Assistant, Phone: (405) 521-4660, Becky.Rouner@odwc.ok.gov
- Game Warden: Beckham County, Elk City, Oklahoma: Harry Steele, Phone (580) 799-3950
Things are rolling for this year’s meet and Oklahomans are excited to host falconers from across the country and around the world this November. Registration is open via the NAFA website.
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