2019 NAFA FIELD MEET
(Online and Mail-in Registration Now Closed!)
(You may register at the meet.)
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The molt is well under way and it’s the time of year to be making plans to attend the 2019 North American Falconers Association Annual Field Meet! This year’s meet will be hosted in Great Bend, Kansas. Located in the west central area of the Sunflower State, Great Bend is conveniently located about an hour and a half northwest of Wichita. Named for its location near where the Arkansas River bends east then southeast, Great Bend was founded near the Santa Fe Trail and later became a railroad hub. Visitor’s will experience:
…the core of Walt Whitman's "Prairies and Plains," the defining American landscape. Don't let the word "plain" fool you, though. There is much to do along the "great bend" of the Arkansas River! Enjoy … visit[ing] historic sites along the Santa Fe Trail, stroll the Kansas Quilt Walk, or venture out to the vast wetlands that bookend [the] town – Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. No matter your interest or time, Great Bend is your home for exploring these parts of the plains!
West central Kansas is well known for providing hunters with a variety of game. A day in the field can provide you with the chance to fly your birds at cottontails, jack rabbits, quail, pheasants, prairie chickens, and ducks in wide open skies.
The Best Western Angus Innat 2920 10th St, Great Bend, Kansas. (620-792-3541), will be our meet location. At rate of $79.95 plus tax a night, free breakfast, the pet fee waived, indoor pool, plus a restaurant and awesome bar just across the parking lot, one would be hard pressed to find a better deal!
Rooms at the Best Western will be reserved quick, try to make your reservations today, otherwise be sure to get on the waiting list. If you missed getting a reservation at the main meet hotel, the Travelodge (620-792-7219) and Quality Inn (620-793-8486) are just up the street. 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 Kansas Hawking Club sponsoring the icebreaker on Sunday night.
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, but more space is still available. If you would like a chance to sell items at the largest falconry event in North America, please contact Chris Ly (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 Krys Langevin (Frootdog@yahoo.com) to contribute to this meet highlight.
Kansas 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 Kansas from any sporting goods or outdoors store.
· Online License purchases Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism (KDWPT): https://ksoutdoors.com
· List of Online Licenses Available: https://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Applications-and-Fees
Kansas offers a non-resident hunting license for $97.50.
1. Kansas Waterfowl License (State waterfowl stamp): $10.00. Obtain online from Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism at https://ksoutdoors.com or any Kansas 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.
Kansas allows properly licensed non-resident falconers to trap listed legal raptors with a valid Hunting License and a trapping permit. This free permit is only required to trap, it is not required if you only plan to hunt. Additionally, each capture device used to capture raptors shall have a tag attached showing the permittee’s name, address, and current falconry permit number.
· A non-resident falconry trapping permit may be obtained by contacting, Maria Ornelas, KDWPT, Phone: 620-672-5911, email@example.com.
· Processing time for non-resident falconry trapping permit is a minimum of 45 days.
Kansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) Certification: $2.50. Obtain online from Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism at https://ksoutdoors.com or any Kansas sporting goods, or outdoors store.
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.
Kansas requires no import permit or health certificate; however, be mindful of states you may traverse and their rules and regulations when traveling to Kansas.
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. For more info: https://ksoutdoors.com/Services/Education/Hunter
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism Contacts:
Things are moving for this year’s meet and Kansans are excited to host falconers from across the country and around the world this November. Registration is today!.
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