OFA Winter Field Meet!
January 25th - 28th, 2019
Mountain Park, OK
We are heading back to Langevin's house! Mark your calendars, and get ready for the good times! More details to come, so stay tuned!
Details, details! Let's be honest to start...this year, this is a longwinger meet. Small ponds and ducks are plentiful. Dirt hawkers, I'm afraid I have very little to offer this year. Cotton tails, jacks, and quail are all on a down cycle. Y'all are welcome to come of course, but I just don't want to get your hopes up. Accommodations are as follows: Couches, air mattress available. Bring cots, sleeping bags, etc and crash in the house dorm style. Camp in a tent in the yard. Stay in the loft in the barn, etc, etc....just depends on your comfort level. If you don't want to do any of that the nearest hotels are going to be 30 minutes away. Venison chili will be provided for everyone Friday night. There are four grills and a kitchen for y'all to use for other meals. Just like lodging, food is 30 minutes away, so bring food. I am not currently active on FB but i'm still on messenger. You can also call or e-mail me for more info.
The 2018 Oklahoma Wildlife Expo!
September 22nd & 23rd
Presented by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and coalition of conservation organizations, agencies, and sponsors, the expo celebrates our great state's natural diversity and opportunities for the sporting enthusiasts and newcomers. From camping and outdoor skills to shooting sports, fishing and bird watching, Expo visitors have an opportunity to try their hands at two days of fun in the outdoors!
Hours of Operation:
Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Please swing by the OFA booth at the 2018 Wildlife Expo and say hello!
It's that time again friends!
OKLAHOMA FALCONERS ASSOCIATION
2018 Annual Picnic and Business Meeting
June 2nd, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
5701 E 36th Street North
Tulsa, OK 74115
THIS IS AN EVENT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY! Come join us for food, fellowship, and a whole bunch of good times. Mohawk Park is a 2,800 acre park that offers playgrounds, picnic shelters, water playgrounds, and disc gold courses. The park is also the home of the Tulsa Zoo, the Oxley Nature Center, Mohawk Golf Course, and Mohawk Sports Complex.
***Enterance into the Park Costs $2.00 (cash) Per Car***
This year we are getting cajun my friends, and we will be throwing the biggest shrimp boil in OFA history!!!! Shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes will be the main dish, and will be provided to you all by the club. As always though, everyone is asked to bring a little somthing extra to add to the meal, and below are a few suggestions.
Food Suggestions (Last Names):
A - M: BRING SALAD/SIDE DISH
N - Z: BRING DESERTS
Everyone: BRING YOUR OWN BEVERAGES
Schedule Of Events:
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Presentation: Deep Thoughts With Mark Waller - Imprinting & Tame Hacking Falcons
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 A.M.
Fellowship and Cooking
12:00 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Lunch: Shrimp Boil!
1:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Falconers Association
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Annual Raffle of Falconry Items to benefit OFA
BRING THE ENTIRE FAMILY!
2019 OK. WILDLIFE EXPO
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation hosted the fourteenth annual Outdoor Expo at The Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. This year's event was held on September 27th through the 29th.
The Oklahoma Falconers had an informational booth to educate the public on raptors and falconry as it is practiced in the Sooner State.
OFA member Ricky Harris brought his two falconry charges. On the left, Lena, a three time inter-mewed Tundra Peregrine Falcon. On the right is Gretchan, a five time inter-mewed Red Tailed Hawk.
OFA members Ron with his newly trapped passage Red Tail Hawk, Scout #10, Samantha with her newly trapped passage Red Tailed Hawk, Loki and Joel with his captive bred Harris' Hawk.
We are excited to be a part of this event every year. It is such a pleasure to see the interest of the rators in our state by the general public.
The 2019 annual picnic and business meeting was held in Yukon this year. A great time was had by all. We couldn't have asked for better weather, sans the 20 minute deluge. It was great to see everyone, and see the new pups and birds for the coming season.
Thanks to Perry for hosting and cooking for the event. The food was fantastic and the setting was perfect!
Jessica did a heck of a job gathering donations for the raffle! Look at all those goodies, they encompassed three tables. A heartfelt thanks to all the companies and club members that donated to our cause.
We appreciate all that made the trip, to those that couldn't, know that you were missed. Here's to a good summer and a clean molt.
See you in the fall,
The OFA Board
2020 Winter Meet
The 2020 Winter meet was held in Mountain Park, OK. Krys was good enough to welcome us at his ranch again this year.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature wasn't as hospitable as our host. The temperatures were more than good but the winds played havoc on our hawking.
Two of the longwings that were able to get a few slips just couldn't make the connection. The ducks were not willing to fly far from the pond and the falcons just couldn't beat the wind.
The afternoon brought higher temperatures but the wind still kept most birds grounded.
Krys and Phil were able to get their Harris' Hawks out in a cast. The rabbits weren't cooperating and the birds had a tough time!
The life of a falconer isn't always fun or easy. We made the best of what we had. We got to see some very acrobatic flights and talk with a few friends we haven't seen in months.
2020 KHC/OFA FRIENDS MEET
The Oklahoma Falconer's Association and The Kansas Hawking Club friends meet has been an annual event for many years. This year it was held at Cowley Lake on March 6 through the 8th.
Several of us rolled in to camp early afternoon on Friday. We were able to get a few longwings up before the sun started to set.
Phil's tiercel was up first over a pond where several Mallards and Divers were taking cover from the wind. DC knocked one out of the air on his first stoop but couldn't keep a hold on it. After several remounts and tail chases we called him to the lure for a break.
Saturday's forecast was high winds by 10AM.We only got a chance to get one bird up. She had a good slip but couldn't make the connection. The weather blew in and sent us to town for breakfast. The rest of the day was not looking good and Sunday wasn't looking any better. The group decided to call it done. We all packed up our trucks, secured our animals and said goodbye.
Another hawking season has ended. Here's to a clean molt and a fun summer. See you all in the fall!
Chris' new young Tiercel was up next. We had a pretty good set for a young bird, with two divers on the pond.
Chris wasn't expecting much from this young guy as this would be his second chance on game. His falcon took a wide berth to pitch up and waited on us to flush. The group charged the pond.... the ducks flushed in different directions. one went with the wind and met his demise from the stooping young tiercel. The other hooked right and crashed into the trees. We had a successful comical double.... all on video!
We headed back to the campground to meet other falconers and called it a day as the winds started to pick up. Dinner and a few cold beverages was the plan for the evening.
This meet always brings good times with good friends around the campfire, and this one lived up to the task! Tales were told of this last hawking season, plans for new birds coming and lots of questions from new apprentices!
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EVENTS COMING UP
Oklahoma Wildlife Expo
Sat. June 4, 2022
Sat. July 30, 2022
Details to be announced
2022 Fall OFA Meet
2023 Winter OFA Meet
November 14-20, 2021
The State no longer registers our falconry birds. You now must register them with the Federal Govt. The link above is a tutorial on how to do so.