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August President's Message

Sunday, August 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheldon Nicolle
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August 11, 2019


Dear Member,

Congrats Bob Welle

First and foremost, it gives me great pleasure to inform you that on July 17, 2019, during our fourth board meeting of 2019, the NAFA Board of Directors awarded President Bob Welle with an Honorary Membership. Southeast Director Shores brought forth a proposal that highlighted some of President Welle’s finest attributes and, most importantly, his contributions to NAFA and to various state falconry clubs. As a member since 1987, an ardent supporter of our association, and an eminently professional officer during his years of service as both Vice President and President, NAFA was always in good hands.

The Board, and I extend not only our congratulations, but our most grateful appreciation for all of the work, sacrifice and dedication President Welle provided (and still provides) to NAFA and to the entire falconry community. To read the congratulatory letter sent to President Welle, click here.

Comments Sought

It’s that time again and, because I let things slip (blame it on the holidays) we are up against a tight time line. Comments are due tomorrow, August 12, for the 2019-2020 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations that the service uses to facilitate hunting and sport fishing programs on refuges. This action is part of an annual update for the National Wildlife Refuge System. NAFA has again made comments seeking to expand falconers access to National Wildlife Refuges, see them here.

Just like last year, should you wish to comment on the proposed rules supporting increased falconry access on federal lands, please do so as soon as possible. Examples of comments can include simple statements such as:

“I am a falconer, and desire the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider increased hunting access for falconers in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Please work to increase falconry opportunities wherever possible.”


“I am a falconer, and I fully support the August 11, 2019 comment submitted by the North American Falconers Association requesting increased falconry opportunities in the National Wildlife Refuge System”

For more information on making comments, see the Federal Register 2019-2020 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations:

Website Submission:

2019 NAFA Elections Reminder

As reminder………

To: All Regular and Honorary members in good standing:

The 2019 NAFA election cycle has the following positions up for consideration: Central Director, Director-At-Large, North Pacific Director, Northeastern Director, South Pacific Director and Southeastern Director. All are running unopposed except the Southeastern Directorate.

Only the Southeastern Directorate has more than one candidate running thus requiring an election. If you are a Regular or Honorary Member in good standing and living in Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia please take a moment to read the candidate biographies below and then click the LINK to vote. You may ONLY vote for a regional candidate IF YOU RESIDE IN THAT REGION.



The online election ends 11:59 PM on August 27. Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than August 27, 2019.

Please vote at your earliest convenience. Results will be tabulated after 5 days following the conclusion of the election to allow time for members requiring paper ballots to return their ballots. Ballots and voting results are confidential. Your vote will remain anonymous at all times. Thank you for participating in our Association’s annual election.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Joan Marie

2019 NAFA Field Meet

Another quick reminder… Field Meet Registration is open….

Online Registration is Open!
(*Mail-in Registration Click HERE...)

The molt is almost over and it’s the time of year, time to register for 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 Inn at 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.

For more information on the 2019 NAFA Field Meet click here or follow us on the 2019 NAFA Field Meet Facebook page.


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Always remember...... "Our differences as falconers make us stronger, but falconry is what unites us!


Falconry makes us family!"

Thank you all for your continued support!

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Call to Action

  • See the Comments Sought section above.
  • The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, HR 3742, was re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 12

    The bill:

    Dedicates $1.3 billion to the states for implementation of the State Wildlife Action Plans apportions funds to the states based on land area and population. Your state F&W agency could receive approximately $22-24 million annually. 

    How you can help

    There are several easy things you can do:
  1. Thank your member of congress for supporting the Recovering America's Wildlife Act via social media (#RecoverWildlife), phone, or email.
  2. If they are not yet supporting the bill, ask your Member of Congress to co-sponsor Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.
  3. You can also refer people to for an auto-generated letter.Consider signing the National Wildlife Federation's 1000+ group letter of support
  4. Consider joining the Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife:
  5. Please share this info with your colleagues, family and friends. #RecoverWildlife




  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.

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