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Sheldon Nicolle


Name?

Sheldon Nicolle


How long have you been an OFA member?

Joined in 2013, I think… ☺


Have you ever held a position in OFA?

No


Where do you live?

Tom Bean, TX (Small town in the Texoma region, south of the Sherman/Durant area.)


Job or School?

Wildlife Control/Abatement


Family?

Wife - Larissa, Daughter (9) – Savannah, Son (7) - Quinn


What got you interested in falconry?

As a child, 8 years old and living in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), my uncle, John Quincey, practiced falconry. After seeing his lanner falcon take a dove, I was hooked!


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

My Uncle John was my first mentor. He allowed me to train my first BOP in 1991 while on holiday in Zimbabwe. It took a decade for me to pursue the sport state side upon return to the US. My sponsor was Roger Crandall, a man I totally respect and admire and owe more than could ever repay. Together with Steve Oleson, John Graham and Don Roeber, Roger helped me recognize what a privilege falconry is and, through their example, showed me how to give back to the sport by volunteering where ever there’s a need.


What bird(s) do you currently fly?

Peales/Anatum Peregrine Falcon

Male and Female Harris’ Hawk

Tiercel Aplomado


What birds have you flown in the past?

Redtails, Harris', Lanner Falcon, African Gos, Black Shouldered Kite


What was your favorite bird, and why?

Passage Female Harris, super smart and fun game hawk that took tons of game and was just a great bird…


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

Everything! Realistically, passage peregrine is on my short list, as is a goshawk, and maybe a kestrel…


What is your favorite quarry?

That I‘ve flown, ducks and pheasants. That I want to fly, sage grouse!


Do you have other animals?

Parrot, dogs, and a cat….


Favorite falconry story?

The one when we catch game and get our birds back safely, or anytime the kids want to go hunting with Dad!


Funniest falconry story?

The first time I got handcuffed by my first female Redtail – don’t laugh, it hurts. Or the time my passage female Harris’ thought my forearm was the bunny and sunk her hallux to the bone, yeah I cried that day too.


Favorite quote?

"A satisfactory hobby must be in a large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant...all in all, falconry is the perfect hobby…"

-Aldo Leopold-


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

Find the best sponsor and listen to him/her. Then, make informed decisions and stick to a plan. DO NOT listen to a dozen people and try a dozen things. Stick to the plan!


Who have you sponsored?

Dane Meyers, John McCormack, Ralph Black


What goals do you have for your falconry experience?

Have fun! Enjoy the friendships that are made along the way!


Contact Info you want public?

Sheldon Nicolle

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214-288-0670


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