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July President's Message

Sunday, July 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheldon Nicolle
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July 1, 2018



Happy birthday America! As you celebrate America's Independence Day this week I hope you all get a chance to spend time some quality time with your loved ones (fur and feathered included), grill some burgers, enjoy a few fireworks, and take a moment to unwind. Summer is, after all, typically vacation time.

It never seems to slow down around here and last month was another busy one. Early June we asked you to head to the Federal Register and make comments in support of expanding access to our National Wildlife Refuges for falconers. I can't thank you all enough, you did awesome! I'm going start this month with another ask. There's a bill currently being considered that I'd like to ask you to reach out to your U.S. Representative and ask them to consider co-sponsoring, or when the time comes, vote in favor of it.

The bill, H.R. 4647 Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA), amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to make supplemental funds available for management of fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need as determined by State fish and wildlife agencies, and for other purposes. RAWA is bipartisan legislation that would redirect $1.3 billion in existing revenue from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters and dedicate it to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program to conserve a full array of fish and wildlife.This bipartisan bill was introduced in last December and has since been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee for consideration. Use this link CLICK HERE to find out who your representative is and to contact them.



It wouldn't be a President's message if we didn't talk about eagles. NAFA continues working toward gaining access to eagles. Part of that effort included collecting some basic information to provide a rough estimate of how many falconers across the country are interested in getting an eagle. Without a federal falconry permit there is no single way to identify how many falconers are properly licensed to permit an eagle. By the way, it looks like there are almost 40 licensed falconers around the country waiting to acquire an eagle.

As you've heard, the baseline number, using historic take for eagle take, will be six eagles annually (we're working on that). In February the USFWS sent a request to the Flyways for assistance in developing and managing an eagle allocation process. The request dictated the means and the limit saying that falconers could acquire wild golden eagles taken under a depredation permit and releaseable golden eagles from permitted wildlife rehabilitators. "Via these two means, falconers could possibly obtain up to six eagles (in aggregate) per year." We have voiced our concern in several discussions over the last few months about including rehabilitation birds in the allocation limit. The issue, problematic language in the falconry standards that was intended to limit individual access to wild raptors annually is being used to limit the community as a whole.With the help and guidance of the NAFA TAC, Eagle Committee, and General Counsel, we made a formal request for clarification. See that HERE

While we continue to work with the Service, state agencies, USDA Wildlife Services, and land owners we continue to be hopeful that well get eagle take this year, however, time isn't on our side. The Service has helped pave the way, the rest is up to nature, the USDA WS, Regional FWS, and the state where depredation occurs to allocate take permits. On the brightside, the process being developed by the Flyway Council will provide a long term solution to a problem that has haunted North American falconry for decades. Couple that with the ongoing work to decouple the depredation language from the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, we will continue to work on increasing falconers access to eagles.

If you are interested in eagle falconry and want to see eagles in action, learn more about the process, and discuss eagle falconry, consider attending the NAFA Eagle Falconry Meet this October. 

Speaking of field meets, if you're trying to decide on something to do this fall, this email has all the information you need and links to NAFA Eagle Falconry Meetthe Saskatchewan Falconry Association 60th Anniversary Field Meet, the first ACCAPP International Falconry Meet, and the annual 2018 NAFA Field Meet. Beside these meets, there are dozens of state and provincial field meets all over the North America providing falconers ample opportunity to get out and make new friends, renew old friendships, and, most importantly, hunt your birds. Start making plans to attend some of these events today, you won't be sorry!



The NAFA membership continues to grow, in large part because of you. As a member you are the best ambassador for who NAFA is and what NAFA is about. Do us a favor, and find someone there who isn't a NAFA member. Tell them about NAFA, what it means to you, the social aspect of who and what NAFA is, and of course there's all the hard work NAFA has invested in a variety of initiatives to protect and perpetuate falconry around the continent.  Show them a copy of one our Hawk Chalk magazines - the best falconry publication currently available anywhere. 

Let us know about those club picnics. In an attempt to make it easier for folks to find and learn more about scheduled events NAFA has created a page to list state falconry clubs events, see HERE . If you have an upcoming event scheduled, let us know so we can list it and help share the details. It's very simple, send an email to NAFA Webmaster Fred Fogg. (*If you are planning a summer picnic raffle or your winter field meet raffle, don't forget to reach out to NAFA Sales Coordinator Cathy Tintinger for a NAFA donation.)



Communication and sharing information or details is important. We get countless emails from falconers, members, and the public looking for more information on falconry, falconry vendors, education providers, breeders, and abatement companies. In the same vein as the Club Events page previously mentioned, we've also created a Raptor Breeders web page that will list current NAFA members who currently breed raptors for the falconry community. The third page page lists NAFA members who are in the business of providing Falconry Based Bird Abatement. We also created a Falconry Equipment page to list of all current NAFA members who are in the business of providing falconry equipment and furniture. Lastly, we created a page the lists NAFA Members that provide raptor Education Services. Help us point customers your way!

If you're interested in getting your company listed please send your name or company name, phone number, email address, website (if you have one) and, if you make equipment, the type of equipment? Please send this information or any questions to NAFA Webmaster Fred Fogg at



This year the following positions are up Director-at-Large, Canadian Director, South Pacific Director, Great Lakes Dirctor, and Mountain Director. In all but the Mountain Directorate, the candidates are running unopposed. I want to thank everyone who expressed interest and is willing to serve. I can say this for a certainty, we'll have a new South Pacific Director and a new Canadian Director. Great Lakes Director Borquist and Director at Large Chavez will be returning. The Mountain Directorate elections will be conducted online with the bios and ballots being emailed and available online no later than July 13th.



When the summer heat is unbearable and you need your falconry fix you might want to consider Paraguay. As a member organization to the IAF, NAFA members received and invitation to attend the ACCAPP first international falconry meet this July 9th thru the 16th.

Below is the link to the invitation from the Paraguayan falconers, ACCAPP, for IAF members to attend their first ever international falconry field meet. This is a unique opportunity to escape the summer's heat and head back to a winter climate to experience Paraguayan falconry.

For more information see:



It's online!!! Time to start registering for the 60th Anniversary Saskatchewan Falconry Association Field Meetscheduled for October 1 thru October 7, 2018 in the beautiful prairie town of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Ever need an excuse to take a bird north of the board to go hunt ducks? Here's your chance!! Start making plans today to attend today!!

NAFA, VP Geleynse, has negotiated a process with USFWS LE to reduce the financial burden of exporting/importing your birds to and from Canada to attend the field meet. There are some specific conditions, see here, that are required of falconers heading north of the border. One example is we are required to meet on a certain day and time at a designated exit or entry port.

Folks, this is your chance to experience an unparalleled duck hawking opportunity. Don't let this opportunity slip away. If no one takes advantage of the agreement with USFWS LE we may not get another chance. REGISTER TODAY!



If you have a few open days in your schedule this October, I still recommend this year's Eagle Falconry Meet.  It will be based at the Outlaw Inn in Rock Springs, Wyoming from October 8 - 13.  Even if you can only make one or two days, it is worth it.  Hunting with eagles is planned every day.  Speakers and a group buffet dinner are planned each evening.  Invited speakers include; Brian Millsap, National Raptor Coordinator with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chris Parish, Director for Global Conservation with The Peregrine Fund, and Andrew Knowles-Brown, Founder of the Scottish Eagle Centre.  Bob Collins, Curator of the Archives of Falconry is planning a special exhibit.  Anne Price is planning a spectacular silent auction for Thursday, October 11, featuring many great items.  Last year's Meet raised more than $5000 for The Falconry Fund and the meet Committee has added the CMA Fund and Talon Trust to the list of beneficiaries.   You can register for the Meet by going to this site:



Quick reminder and update. Last month we announced that NAFA will once again be returning to the great state of Texas for the 2018 NAFA Meet. We will also be returning to Lubbock and the MCM Elegante. Planning has been ongoing for several months and we're pleased to have commitments from some incredible and engaging nightly speakers. We will again be celebrating our incredible supporters and vendors with our, now annual, Vendor Appreciation Night. Hopefully game populations remain above average, 2014 proved to be a historic year for NAFA members. Things are lining up for another incredible NAFA Meet!



December 2 - 7, 2018


MCM Eleganté Hotel and Suites
801 Ave Q
Lubbock, Texas 79401

To make reservations online:

Room rates:

$85.00 per night (King or Doubles room) or $115.00 per night (Suite)

(*Price includes breakfast for up to 4 people per day per room.)

Meet Details:

To register and current meet information please refer to: or on the NAFA Field Meet Facebook page at:

If you need to reach us, Brandi can be reached at or 940-507-0333 and Corey at or 817-575-7256.



Remember...... "Our differences as falconers make us stronger, and falconry is what unites us! Falconry helps us reach our full potential! Falconry makes us family!""

Thank you all for your continued support!



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Call you State Representative and ask them to support the Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA). RAWA would indeed mean transformative change for people and wildlife, the kind of breakthrough that comes once in a generation. But it won’t happen unless people who care get informed, get involved and work together. CLICK HERE to learn more.


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 North American Falconers Association Mission and Purpose is...

  • to improve, aid, and encourage competency in the art and practice of falconry among interested persons; 
  • to provide communication among and to disseminate information to interested Members; 
  • to promote scientific study of the raptorial species, their care, welfare and training; 
  • to promote conservation of the birds of prey and an appreciation of their value in nature and in wildlife conservation programs; 
  • to urge recognition of falconry as a legal field sport; 
  • and, to establish traditions which will aid, perpetuate, and further the welfare of falconry and the raptors it employs.


Joe Bill Rogers

It is with a heavy heart to report that Joe Bill Rogers passed away June 15th at his home in Lubbock, TX. He was a pioneer of falconry since the 60's and had a great love of all animals.

He had just celebrated his 71st birthday with loved ones surrounding him and he and his wife Kathy had just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary a few months ago. Joe Bill sponsored me nearly 20 years ago and was always there for me even after my apprenticeship. He was always willing to help others and had the best stories to tell! He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rogers family at this difficult time.”

For more information, please visit….!/Obituary

- Debbie Tennyson-Best


Jim Frazier

As Jeff Redig said a few days ago in his beautiful memory of Jim Frazier, "North American falconry won’t be the same after today, an icon has left us."

To many Jim Frazier was a staple at the NAFA field meets, a man we all looked up to and enjoyed thoroughly. Jim epitomized what it meant to be a gentleman. As a life long falconer he touched the lives of many of us. His career in the FBI and a lifetime as a falconer, Jim was always ready to give good advice and tell incredible stories. Reading all the different memories and tributes to Jim on Facebook showed just how many people loved and enjoyed his company.

In the next few days we'll be sending out more information on Jim's funeral and a celebration of his life, which is scheduled to be held on July 23rd at the Archives of Falconry in Boise.


Bob Winslow

Falconry in North America just took a hit with the passing of a falconry legend Mr. Bob Winslow. Bob was a true gentleman as well as a great falconer. All falconers should use Bob as an example of what to strive for as a falconer. He let his bird’s performance do the talking for him.

It was in the December 1920 issue of National Geographic that sparked Bob’s interest in falconry. There was an article titled “The Sport of Kings.” Bob read this at the age of 7 in 1931. Bob actually started falconry in 1938 at the age of 13. Bob comes from a time in falconry when getting your hands on a bird to fly required a substantial knowledge of its natural history and habits. Anything as hard won as a gos nest or peregrine eyrie or place to trap those birds meant you had to have a fierce sense of ethics, and you had better been able to keep a secret. Bob had a razor sharp wit and loved to discuss raptor evolution with you in relation to each species’ preferred quarry and habitat.

Anyone who has pursued falconry with that same energy, talent, and individuality as Bob, no doubt had a collection of adventure stories accumulated from countless, random exploits, the results of being motivated by one’s passion and obsession. Successful acquisition of young birds as well as success in the field when hunting was the result of thorough knowledge of its world and how to get one’s self into it. During the falconry season where he turned 79 he caught 79 ducks now that is hardcore by anyone’s standards. Bob was in his 90’s when he passed from pneumonia but the falconry torch burned until the end.

The intent of relaying some of Bob’s story is to help preserve and honor and the history of the falconry tradition that has evolved from the falconers that came before us. As a falconry culture we need to have a respectful awareness of what has happened before our time over the course of the last 5000 years in falconry rather than to be erroneously self-absorbed in only what are limited experience has shown us.

Kevin Triolo had mentioned that when he was fortunate enough to speak with Bob about falconry he left inspired and reminded not to be too quick to sum things up; to just keep his eyes open, even if the answer to a certain question isn’t instantly at hand. This is sound advice from one falconer to another.

RIP Bob you will be missed.

 - Adam R. Chavez


I started falconry in 2009. The new Federal regulations were being implemented, peregrine take had just been reopened, and I was a member of NAFA. Just as I didn’t understand how incredible it was for the community to have the opportunity to go out and trap passage peregrines again, neither did I understand that being part of an organization like NAFA was anything special (or important). It was just part of falconry from the get go for me, and I never thought much about it. It continued along like that for a good bit of time. I sent in my dues, I received hawk chalks, and that was the extent of my involvement. I was so caught up in flying birds and trying to push myself to become better, that I never took the time to make it anything more than that.

Fast forward to a couple of years ago, and you would have found me up in Kansas getting my new perlin going at my buddy Steve Trent’s house. Martin Geleynse swung through for the night on his way to the NAFA meet in Hutch, and we sat around the camp fire until the wee hours of the morning drinking beer, telling stories, and discussing all things falconry. We decided to swing over to the meet with him the next day (sorry Brandi...we weren’t registered 😜), and that was the turning point for me and NAFA. That exact moment is when NAFA began to transform from some membership ID I had been maintaining on paper, to an organization of people and friends.

Right or wrong, NAFA is first and foremost its members to me. It’s about the life long friendships you create in a matter of moments. It’s picking up your phone after walking out of a meeting at work, and seeing the group text has blown up about plans for next year’s meet. It’s about the excitement and anticipation for the good times to come. It’s about the people!

Just as that is pretty darn obvious to anyone who is part of this club, so is the fact that NAFA is the platform that facilitates our ability to continue practicing falconry the way we want to. I’m not going to expand further, because these testimonies can sometimes be like broken records...NAFA enacts positive regulatory changes, it fights for our rights, it’s about the friendships, etc, etc. We all know that, and that is why we are part of it. So what is NAFA to me? NAFA is my vector for continuing to create the “hmm....I didn’t really think much about it” situations. In the same way that I didn’t have any understanding about how much blood, sweat, and tears went into opening back up peregrine take for falconry because it was just always there for me, so NAFA will continue to create situations like that for our future generations.

I’m excited for when my son gets old enough to become an apprentice. Maybe he will kill his first rabbit as a licensed falconer in a wildlife refuge. Maybe he will trap a passage golden as soon as his permit allows, or maybe instead of hitting the beach in Texas to trap peregrines like he did growing up with dad, he will invite me to go with him to the mainland to trap an aplomado. Who knows what NAFA will do that will make “incredible” just part of his every day life, but i’m excited for the opportunity to HAVE to explain to him just how awesome it is that he gets to do that. Just like me, he won’t understand it at first when he’s told, but to me, that’s pretty cool. That’s what NAFA is to me.

Dan Murray

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