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Chris Kimble
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Bart Russell

Shane Bullard

Rob Huber

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Bart Russell


Bart Russell

How long have you been an OFA member?

OFA member since the 1980's

Have you ever held a position in OFA?


Where do you live?

I live in rural Blanchard OK, which is in northern Grady county

Job or School?

I am a retired special agent with the US Department of Interior


Married to Jami.  Have four sons and three daughters.

What got you interested in falconry?

Became interested in falconry in mid 1960 through my scout master and veterinarian friend Dr. Nathan Eskew.

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

My sponsor was Jess Woody

What bird(s) do you currently fly?

I currently fly two female peregrines.  One 2015 S. Padre passage bird, one 2014 chamber bird.

What birds have you flown in the past?

Passage birds that I have trapped and trained include Kestrels, red tails, harris, prairies, merlin, male goshawks, sharpy, and a peregrine.  Captive bred birds were a gyrXperegrine and an imprint gyrkin.

What was your favorite bird, and why?

Favorite bird so far would be Sally, a passage female merlin.  She was so sweet and came around really quick...she liked me and I liked her.  Ended up releasing her.

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

I would like to trap and fly a jack merlin and a passage female gos

What is your favorite quarry?

My favorite quarry is wild pheasant.....big scent for the pointers and big, fast, and tough target for your raptor.

Do you have other animals?

I have 3 dogs; Lab, GSP, and English pointer, and I have numerous racing pigeons

Favorite falconry story?

Moved my wife and family in 1978 to Midland TX just to fly a passage harris, and to be around wild harris hawks. 

Funniest falconry story?

Funnies story occurred while hunting cottontails in north Texas oil fields.  I would flush rabbits for my passage male harris named Jack.  Method of flushing was to run a sucker rod up the 6 inch diameter pipe skid the pumping unit sat on, and the rabbit would run out the opposite end.  Jack was normally in a nearby mesquite or power pole...or sometimes riding the pumping unit.  He would always make powerful wing over kills that were awesome.  On this occasion I looked in the one end to see if there was a rabbit in the pipe....Jack was already on the ground looking up the other end as if to say "I don't need to fly, I'll stand here and grab it with my foot!"  Had to change our hunting method to the open fields for a while.

Favorite quote?

It's one I added to.  "Everyone is different, but some are more different than others."

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

Don't be shy about asking for help.  We all mess up.  Don't be reluctant to say this sport is not for me.

Who have you sponsored?

Daryl Nobis from Lawton

What goals do you have for your falconry experience?

Goals are to trap, train, and hunt falcons/hawks in the highest/healthiest condition possible

Contacts for public?

Bart Russell

2364 CR 1205

Blanchard, OK 73010


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