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October President's Message

Sunday, October 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheldon Nicolle
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October 1, 2017



Dear Member,


There has been a lot of recent discussion on the issue of nonresident take of raptors. Actually, it’s not a recent discussion, but one that has been taking place for many decades in fits and starts. NAFA has a long history of advocating for state falconry regulations to allow for harvest of local raptors by licensed individuals from out of state. We’ve encouraged it, and assisted in securing it on a local level when asked to do so by local falconry clubs. It is our tradition not to act to promote non-resident take over the objection of falconers in their home state. NAFA primarily deals at the federal, rather than the state or provincial level. To quote Kent Carnie from a 1998 Hawk Chalk submission; “NAFA supports the concept of nonresident take and would one day like to see such adopted nationwide... nonresident take of raptors is not a federal issue and is not addressed in federal regulations. Any attempt to add such provision federally, is doomed to failure – not only because of perceived federal interference with “states’ rights” but since it would involve a measure of legal jurisdiction the Feds simply do not have.”

Currently, the Alaska Board of Game and Fish is reviewing a number of proposals from Alaskan falconers that would impact the current nonresident take schematic in that that state. The state department is asking for public comment to be submitted by October 27th. If you are so inclined, please visit the following website, read through the proposals, and submit your own comments.


NAFA is still working on a letter on your behalf and when we post it to the Alaska Board of Game and Fish, we will share it and post it in the Archived Documents area of our website.

I think it’s fair to say that the falconers of any given state would not welcome attempts by outsiders to unilaterally change local regulations simply to advantage those nonresidents. Having said that, NAFA stands ready to support local falconers in Alaska to allow for better access to the vast raptor resource that exists in The Last Frontier state. NAFA has always advocated for the most liberal access to raptor resources that are biologically supportable. We would love to see American falconers from the lower 48 have much more widely available access to the raptors that reside in Alaska. We believe that this can be accomplished without causing additional infighting. The last thing our community needs is groups of falconers fighting with one another. If we work together to do what is best for the community, we will all benefit. Nonresident raptor harvest in Alaska is already quite limited. Let’s not make it any harder than it needs to be for those lucky individuals that are selected in the lottery. Taking a trip to Alaska and coming home with a new hunting partner is the kind of epic journey that could be described as a “trip of a lifetime.” Here’s hoping that we will get to see many future Hawk Chalk articles about trips like this, that most of us will never have the time, inclination, or money to undertake.



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2017 NAFA FIELD MEET UPDATE - Ralph Rogers


Less than two months to go until we all meet again in Kearney. My understanding is that game populations are still good, and as an added bonus, there is water in local ponds. If winter and ice can stay away, there is a possibility of some local duck hawking. There is always duck hawking west of Kearney.

IMPORTANT FOR VENDORS: I have extended the time the vendor’s block is open until from 1 Sept until 18 October. Just call the hotel and identify yourself as a vendor, they will check, and then give you your room.

IMPORTANT for all bringing birds: There has been some difficulty getting direct answers from Nebraska Dept of AG. We are now recommending the following:


I believe this is a sign of the times with almost all states requiring them. The only good news is that this is the least painful/least expensive form of these inspections. You need to go to your vet, have them look at the bird, identify it, and then say it is healthy in accordance with the requirements below. That is it. Below please see the requirements, I would copy them as you travel through other states to get there.

004.02 Except as otherwise provided in this section, all animals brought into the state shall be accompanied by a complete and legible CVI. Animals not required to be accompanied by a CVI are: (a) animals brought directly to a federally recognized slaughter establishment, (b) cattle, swine, horses, sheep, and goats brought from the farm or ranch of origin directly to an establishment approved under 9 C.F.R. parts 71, 75, 78, 79, or 85; (c) poultry under eight (8) weeks of age accompanied by a VS Form 9- 3, “Report of Sales of Hatching Eggs, Chicks, and Poults”, which is attached as Appendix I and is adopted and incorporated herein by reference, and classified prior to movement into Nebraska as pullorum and typhoid clean or equivalent status pursuant to the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), 9 C.F.R. parts 145 to 147, which are attached as Appendix D and (d) animals moving directly to a veterinary clinic for diagnosis, treatment, or health examination.

004.03 The CVI shall be signed by an accredited veterinarian who acknowledges the apparent absence of any infectious, contagious, or otherwise transmissible disease. If a permit for entry is required for movement into the state, the permit number shall be recorded on the CVI. The CVI shall be valid for thirty (30) days from the date of examination, unless otherwise stated by the Department, and is valid for no more than one (1) movement into the state, with one (1) copy accompanying the animals to their Nebraska destination, and one (1) copy forwarded to the state of origin. NPIP (National Poultry Improvement Plan) VS FORM 9-3 may be used as a CVI for poultry under eight (8) weeks of age. A copy shall accompany the animals and a copy shall be forwarded to the state of origin. Each CVI shall contain the following information:


  • 004.03A Name and address of both consignor and consignee;
  •  004.03B Purpose of movement into the state;
  • 004.03C Destination in the state which includes the physical street address, or Enhanced 911 address of the premises; (Holiday Inn Kearney: 110 S 2nd Ave, Kearney, NE 68847)
  • 004.03D Age, breed, sex, and number of animals in the shipment;
  • 004.03E Description of the animals;
  • 004.03F Individual identification, where otherwise required herein;
  • 004.03G Disease-specific importation requirements as or as prescribed in importation embargoes or orders; and
  • 004.03H Health examination date of the imported animals.


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Folks, in exactly two weeks from this "President's Message", there will be falconers, Federal and State wildlife managers, veterinarians, raptor biologists, ranchers, rehabilitation specialists, eagles, authors, artists, and other interested parties gathering in Rock Springs, Wyoming. There is still room for more folks to register and attend. But NAFA's online registration turns into a pumpkin on October 8. There were well over 80 folks signed up as of a few days ago, so the Workshop is sold out, unless someone is willing to give up their seat. Once we hit 100 folks, the T-Shirts will all be spoken for, and there aren't many left. I'm told this year's T-Shirt is worth the price of admission all by itself. So, it you ever wanted to wade thru the Sagebrush Sea in Wyoming and watch acrobatic White-tailed Jackrabbits try to out maneuver incoming eagles, this is as good an opportunity as you will ever have. There is still room for plenty of folks at the Banquet, pizza party, and most importantly, the hunting. Go to - and spend 45$ on a great time in Wyoming.




Enjoy these eagle falconry photos of prominent eaglers, Cordi Atkinson and Jocelyn Barker. Their husbands fly eagles as well, but wouldn’t be doing quite so well without the support of these two wonderful women. Falconry is one of those pursuits that offers much greater rewards when the practitioner is backed by a supportive spouse, be it husband or wife. Joe and Mike are lucky to have these fine women in their lives and vice versa.


Visit the Archives of Falconry and get caught up on all the news.


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Last year your Board of Directors approved distribution of complimentary associate memberships for Apprentice-class falconers. If you are sponsoring an apprentice who would benefit from this offer, have them contact a NAFA Director with proof of their permit in hand.


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Autumn is finally upon us, and I’m sure I’m not alone in my preference for this season over all others. I’ve already been out trapping and banding migrating raptors and bow hunting deer. I leave tomorrow morning for a salmon fishing trip and after that, I’ll be shooting woodcock and ruffed grouse over my dog, and readying my two hawks for the next 5 months of chasing game. Life is good. I wish you the best of seasons, and good health to you and your animals. Savor every moment that you’re able to be outdoors pursuing this hunting art that we all love so much, and thank you all for your continued support of NAFA. We are so much stronger and richer together. As I always say, we are all in this together.





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