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Name?

Chris Kunze

How long have you been an OFA member?

one year

Positions in OFA?

new member

Where do you live?

Tecumseh, OK

Job or School?

RN

Family?

wife Ellen, one son in pharmacy school, one son in PA school, also wife's niece Amber AKA "the critter" living with us


What got you interested in falconry?

as a child i raised parakeets, love birds, had multiple other pets. After reading The Other Side of the Mountain, when i was fishing or shooting nutria in rice canals (S Texas), i starting noticing all the hawks, and have practiced falconry on an off ever since


Who was your sponsor? (or mentors and influences?)

First sponsor was in 1969-forget his name, but he was a herptologist at Houston Zoo at the time. Then after moving to Oklahoma, I either let my license lapse, or maybe had something to do with regualtions, needed a sponsor here, so a gentleman in Norman did me the courtsey some time in the 1980s

What birds do you currently fly? last bird flown was female Cooper, released about month ago

What birds have you flown in the past?

red tails, kestrels, harris, and one coopers hawk in a pair tree.
I guess I would have to confess to being an occasional falconer. I may fly a few years, then take a few off, then fly again.
i am 56  and have practiced falconry on and off since age 14.


What was your favorite bird and why?

I like to catch passages and release them later, so i guess releaseable birds. But I have to admit I really enjoyed Harris, easy disposition , easy and fun to fly.


What birds do you plan to fly or would like to fly?

I would like to fly 2 of the classic falconry birds before I die, a Goshawk and a full size falcon, a prarie I guess.

Favorite Quarry?
the most abundant. mainly have hunted rabbits.


Do you have other animals?

before my wifes cancer we had a goat herd for milk and cheese, chickens. She has several Great Danes.

Favorite falconry story?
The time i stepped over a rise into view of farm pond , and Harris spotted a great blue heron and gave chase

Funniest falconry story?
the time I wore my new  and freshly knitted hat given, to me by my wife. When i released my red tail it circled and grabbed it right off my head. He took it to a tree and finely figured out that there was no meat inside.


Favorite quote?
What is the best tip that you would give someone new to the sport?

do not choose falconry if you do not love nature and birds

Who have you sponsored?
no one, tend to stay to myself


What goals do you have for your falconry experience?

I have always been satisfied with one mew and one bird. But my  mew is 25 years old and needs some repairs, I might build another one.
I have lived in a wooded area (Crosstimbers) so access to open land for flying falcon has been a problem, but I would like to fly larger falcon someday.

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