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November President's Message

Monday, November 4, 2019   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Sheldon Nicolle
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November 2019


Dear Member,

The 2019 falconry season is well underway. Migration is in full swing and I know most of you already have birds in the air. I certainly hope your season is working out the way you planned. This is a falconer’s busiest time of year and that has certainly been true for me. I spent most of October on Padre Island as part of a crew helping folks trap their passage peregrines while trying to make sure as many Texas permits were filled as possible. I'm happy to report we helped a few falconers from around the country trap their their birds. Padre Island is a beautiful place and it is really amazing to be part of this reborn falconry tradition that I hope each of you has a chance to enjoy. Beach trapping on Padre is not always as easy as you've probably heard, sometimes you really have to put in your time. The reward of filling your own permit or watching someone fill their permit is a real joy  


In just 2 short weeks falconers will be gathering from across North America to celebrate outstanding falconry and friendship in Great Bend, KS. The field meet team has been working very hard to make the 2019 meet another memorable event. Ryan Vanzant and the field meet team have done a stellar job putting together another fantastic event. Daniel Murray and others on the team have been hard at work and breaking records in terms of land acquisition. I've seen the maps and I'm simply amazed at how much permission they've secured. There's a different hunting spot for just about everyone. The team also reports that game populations are very good and ducks are already showing up, and their numbers will only increase by the time of the meet. If you have never been to a NAFA meet, this will be one you don’t want to miss!

Though pre-registration has closed, it's not too late to make plans to attend and register at the meet. Check out our website for details!

For all the latest news and updates on the 2019 NAFA Field Meet, follow the meet on the offical meet Facebook page at:

There Will Be Blood Once More! Once again this year, we’ll thank our NAFA Field Meet host community with a NAFA Blood Drive. Blood donations in the area are critically low. The American Red Cross will be ready to serve you in the Wednesday, November 20, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM., in the Blood-mobile parked just outside the Best Western Angus Inn. If you make an appointment ahead of time, you’ll be guaranteed a quick trip through the process. Join us in leaving a gift behind for the people of the Great Bend area who have welcomed us into their town and onto their lands to hunt. Your single donation of whole blood can save three lives. If you’re a regular do-nor, keep to your schedule by donating with us. If you’ve never given be-fore, give it a try. It’s easy and fast and most people can give a unit of whole blood in 20-30 minutes.


2019 was a historic year. For the first time in over a decade 6 eagle take permits were issued. Four of them have been filled so far and NAFA and the IEAA are working hard to try and fill the last 2. The draw process (see here) for 2020 is already underway. If you are a qualified eagle falconer and wish to take a golden eagle next year, you should already have contacted the falconry coordinator with your state wildlife agency. Under the process negotiated by the flyway councils, states need to submit the names of qualified falconers to be entered into the national draw by December 1. The Utah Division of Wildlife will conduct the draw by December 31. If you are selected, you will hear from them early in the new year. 

The process of trapping an eagle is not simple. You will need to invest a significant amount of time and energy in getting the right equipment, making contacts on the ground, etc. If acquiring an eagle for falconry is your dream, I highly suggest joining the IEAA and learning from those that have the appropriate experience. Just like we were 10 years ago with peregrine falcon trapping, very few people have experience trapping eagles for falconry. Quite simply put, it just hasn't been been done by a whole bunch of people in a while. Please make sure you are ready if your name is drawn. Good luck to all of you who applied.

If eagles are your thing or you want to come celebrate regaining eagle take, this years Eagle Meet is being held in conjunction with the Texas Hawking Association Field Meet Wednesday January 15, 2020 thru Sunday January 19, 2020. in Lubbock Texas at the MCM Elegante. For more information on the Eagle Meet and 2020 THA Field Meet go to: or the 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!


See you in Kansas!!

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Like most, I balance falconry with life, and wouldn’t have it any other way. Falconry bit me at 8 years old and has been with me for over fifty years—I cannot imagine my life without it. I’ve been blessed to fly my fair share of short and longwings over a variety of game in the central U.S. I’ve seen North American Falconry evolve, but NAFA’s Mission remains a guiding light; I cannot imagine falconry without NAFA!




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  • 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; 
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  • and, to establish traditions which will aid, perpetuate, and further the welfare of falconry and the raptors it employs.




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