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ANNUAL KHC/OFA FRIENDS MEET!

MARCH 3RD - 5TH


If you weren't there, you missed out!  Sure...it was ridiculously windy, and we ended up hiding out behind the trucks around the camp fire most of the time, but it was still a blast!  As with most of our joint meets, game still went in the bag regardless of the conditions, and two of my favorite flights involved Monty and Chris' GyrXPeregrines, putting the hurtin on some ducks.


This meet though, was all about the friends!  There is absolutely no better way to close out a season, than by sitting around with great buddies laughing, telling stories, and hearing about all of the adventures they have had since the last time you saw them.  Due to the hawking conditions, that's what the majority of the meet was this year, and you know what?  I really, really enjoyed it!  Saturday afternoon especially, found the camp site loaded down with falconers of all sorts, and I as I was sitting there listening to all of the different conversations going on, I couldn't help but smile to myself, and think "This is what it's all about!"


This joint "Friends" meet has changed a lot over the years, since it was kicked off for the first time in the early 90s.  Though we are no longer sleeping in tee pees like the OGs did, and though the primary game focused on has changed quite a bit, there are a few things that have stood the test of time.  To me, the most important of those is the emphasis on friends and fellowship.  From the very beginning, when those cats drove up and down the Kansas/Oklahoma boarder searching for a spot midway for everyone to converge on, the whole goal was to get the gang back together.  Life happens, people spread out, and time goes by...it just is what it is.  They decided that if nothing else though, once a year they were all meeting at Cowley County Fishing Lake for a weekend of good times, and that is just what they did. Though there are a lot of traditions in the Oklahoma falconry community, this is one of my favorites.  I'll tell you one thing friends...If I have anything to say about it, this is one tradition that will never die, and I look forward to seeing you all there next year!


All the best,

-Dan-



 

 
 

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