NAFA FIELD MEET UPDATE - Amarillo, TX Nov 23-29, 2008
DEBBIE TENNYSON AND SHELDON NICOLLE –
HOWDY Y’ALL!! How bout you plan
on moseying down yonder way and experience some good ol’ fashion
Texas falconers and the Texas Hawking
Association are happy to welcome the North American Falconers’
Association back to Amarillo for another exciting field meet. What’s
so special about Amarillo you may ask? After the Texas hospitality it’s
simple – the game. The Texas panhandle offers something for everyone;
cottontails and jack rabbits, quail and pheasant, even a few squirrels,
oh and let us not forget those ducks. Texas and duck hawking have become
synonymous and you would be hard pressed to find the perfect slips Texas
has to offer anywhere else. Cattle ranches, stock tanks, and the wide
open spaces beckon longwingers from a far.
If dirt hawking is your game then Amarillo
is also your place. Jack rabbits and cottontails are plentiful and always
easy to find. If you fancy a feathered quarry of a different kind, quail
and pheasant are common throughout the Texas panhandle.
Everything is BIG in Texas, including
the NAFA meets. Bring your birds, bring your dogs, and most importantly,
bring your family. Amarillo is where you step into the real Texas, come
experience it. Make this year’s Thanksgiving that family vacation.
There’s Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Cadillac Ranch, America’s
Mother Road - the Historic Route 66, Big Texan Steak Ranch (home of
the 72 oz. steak), museums of all sorts, and shopping malls galore.
With all that there is simply no excuse for you not to come to Texas
for the 2008 NAFA Field Meet. Come help make this a NAFA meet to remember.
MEET REGISTRATION FORMS
The Hawk Chalk issue includes the 2008 NAFA Meet Pre-Registration Form.
Please take the time to complete your registration form ahead of time.
You’ve all heard it before, your filling out the form and returning
it ahead of the meet allows us to better prepare to ensure the meet
surpasses everyone’s expectations. So please help us help you.
Brandi Quick will be handling the meet
registration with assistance from Ann Halligan and other volunteers.
If you have any questions about the meet registration forms please contact
Brandi by email at email@example.com or by phone at (940)507-0333.
The meet registration Fee is $45.00
if your registration is received before November 1st or $60.00 at the
meet. The registration fee includes admission to all meet programs and
events, the meet print, a meet pin, a meet patch, a meet mug, the meet
program, and your name badge which must be worn for admission to the
The field meet headquarters will be at the Holiday Inn located at 1911
I-40 East. To ensure you receive the negotiated rate please call (806)372-8741
and mention you are with NAFA. The contracted rate for the 2008 NAFA
field meet is $59.00 and the price includes a hot buffet breakfast Monday
through Saturday. (You must be wearing your name badge for the breakfast
The Holiday Inn is a full service hotel
with amenities that include an indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center,
billiards, and video games for the kids, no matter what their size.
Our host hotel boasts the most “green space” available in
Amarillo, something we falconers require.
Amarillo has plenty of campgrounds or RV parks. For assistance with
RVs and camping please contact Sheldon Nicolle at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at (214)288-0670. For a complete list of campgrounds in
and around Amarillo please see: http://www.visitamarillotx.com/campgrounds
HUNTING LICENSES, ENDORSEMENTS,
Hunting licenses and endorsements may be purchased ahead of time online
or when you arrive in Texas from any sporting goods or outdoors store.
For online purchases go to: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/licenses/online_sales/
At the time of this update Texas offers
a couple of hunting license options, depending on the length of your
• Non-resident 5-Day Special Hunting
(Type 157): $45
Legal for any period of 5 consecutive days (valid hunting dates will
be printed on the license when issued). Valid to hunt: exotic animals,
all legal game birds (except turkeys), all non-game animals, squirrel,
javelina and alligator (not valid for other game animals, NOT VALID
FOR DEER). Stamp endorsement requirements apply.
• Non-resident Special Hunting
(Type 107): $125
Valid to hunt: exotic animals, all legal game birds (NOT VALID FOR TURKEY),
all non-game animals, squirrel, javelina and alligator (not valid for
other game animals, NOT VALID FOR DEER). Stamp endorsement requirements
Other requirements… (dependent
on the quarry you intend to hunt…)
• Upland Game Bird Stamp Endorsement
(Type 167): $7
Required to hunt turkey, pheasant, quail, lesser prairie chicken, or
chachalaca. Non-residents who purchase the Non-resident Spring Turkey
License are exempt from this stamp endorsement requirement.
• Texas Migratory Game Bird Stamp
Endorsement (Type 168): $7
Required to hunt any migratory game bird (waterfowl, coot, rail, gallinule,
snipe, dove, sandhill crane, and woodcock). A valid Federal Duck Stamp
and HIP Certification are also required of waterfowl hunters 16 years
of age or older. A free Federal Sandhill Crane Hunting Permit is required
to hunt sandhill crane.
• Harvest Information Program
(HIP) Certification (Type 137): FREE
This certification is required to hunt any migratory game bird.
• Texas DOES NOT require an import
permit or health certificate, however, please be mindful of states you
may traverse and their specific rules and regulations when traveling
• Hunters Education – Every
hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971,
must have successfully completed a Hunter Education Training Course.
• Federal Migratory Game Bird
This years keynote and guest speakers will no doubt enlighten and entertain
us. There have been no commitments at this point, but plans are underway
to secure some of the best speakers befitting of a Texas meet. More
details will be announced as they become available.
After redefining the position of Rafflemeister in Texas, Krys Langevin
will be tackling the dubious task of NAFA Rafflemeister. There is something
new this year – trialed in Texas and being attempted for the first
time at the national level – raffle ticket pre-sales. Here’s
the deal, if you pre-register, pre-purchasing your raffle tickets at
the same time, you can take advantage of one free raffle ticket for
every 10 tickets you purchase offering.
Pre-purchase 10 $1.00 raffle tickets – you get 11 $1.00 raffle
tickets (1 free.)
Pre-purchase 100 $1.00 raffle tickets – you get 110 $1.00 raffle
tickets (10 free.)
And the same goes for the $5.00 tickets…
Pre-purchase 10 $5 raffle tickets – you get 11 $5.00 raffle tickets
Pre-purchase 100 $5 raffle tickets – you get 110 $5.00 raffle
tickets (10 free)
The goal with this offer is two fold.
First, it helps speed the raffle process along, allowing folks to have
the raffle tickets in hand rather than having to search for someone
sell them tickets. Secondly, having the ability to purchase some tickets
ahead of time using a check or your credit card also allows you to make
better use of that cash allowance your husband or wife sends with you
to the NAFA meet.
If you have any questions about the
raffle or if you would simply like to donate to the raffle please contact
Krys Langevin at email@example.com or by phone at (817)528-9743.
Vendors, let this be your warning, Krys will again be on the rampage.
Vendors who will be coming to Amarillo and require table space must
reserve their space ahead of time. Space may become an issue so please
contact Sheldon Nicolle at your earliest convenience. Space will be
assigned on a first come first serve basis so please contact Sheldon
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell at (214)288-0670.
The weathering yard is arguably the most important aspect of any falconry
field meet. In an attempt to ensure continuity in the position of weathering
yard warden and because this individual has earned a level of trust
few others ever do and with so many us, it is only fitting that we asked
Rich Borquist to return as weathering yard warden. Rich has become a
fixture and his presence is reassuring to many of us that weather our
birds. Thanks for stepping up Rich.
Jimmy Walker. Need I say more? For those who know Jimmy, you know we
couldn’t be in any better hands. This year he has the added benefit
and assistance of two of the panhandle’s finest helping in securing
spots to hunt our birds – Don and Jordan Carroll. Initial reports
are we will have plenty of space and access to hunt our birds.
As the persons ultimately responsible for the success of the 2008 NAFA
Field Meet please rest assured that both Debbie and I will be working
diligently to cover all the bases. If you have any ideas or recommendations
please feel free to drop us an email or call anytime and let us know.
You never know, you may be the first to have that great idea.