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2017 OFA Picnic and Business Meeting!


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Another fantastic hawking season has come and gone for the Oklahoma Falconers’ Association.  As it happens for us every year, when the mercury begins to rise in our thermometers, and feathers are consistently hitting the floors of our mews, thoughts turn toward making plans to attend OFA’s annual picnic and business meeting.  This year was no exception, and on the 10th day of June, falconers from all over the sooner state converged on the little town of Perry Oklahoma with the high hopes of seeing old friends, making some new ones, and enjoying an afternoon jam packed with good times.  As is our custom, we accomplished this task in fine style, and managed to kick off the 2017/2018 falconry season with flying colors!

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The boat house at the CCC Lake and Park was the venue of choice for us this year, and as people began to arrive by the car load, we launched our event with an excellent presentation on training pointing dogs.  Phil Salvati ran through it all, starting at the very beginning with tips on selecting the right pup, and going all the way through to the end goal of creating a long term hunting companion.  I personally felt that his talk was accentuated by the fact that he didn’t bring a finished dog with him to aid in the discussion, but instead brought a green pup, that was in the very beginning stages of training.  Being that I’m a very visual learner, actually seeing issues being encountered and addressed first hand was very beneficial, and I suspect others gained a lot of insight because of that as well.

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After Phil wrapped up his training presentation, we quickly moved into a Raptor Health Round Table discussion, courtesy of Dr. Perry White and Krys Langevin.  The talk began with a run through of the basic first aid kit they feel every falconer should have in their rig, and then moved along to more complex discussions pertains to things such as asper and what not.  Whether it was an apprentice hearing some of the information for the first time, or one of the old guard receiving a much appreciated refresher course, everyone there benefitted greatly from the time and preparation those gentlemen put into their talk.  Additionally, I feel it’s pretty safe to say that everyone there walked away with at least one or two new tricks up their sleeves, and to me, that’s the sign of a great presentation!

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Up next was grub time, and we were treated to some delicious food brought in from Head BBQ.  I’m sure most of you all are familiar with Head Country BBQ sauce, but until you’ve had the opportunity to experience it fresh from the shop (and paired up with some of their delicious meats), it’s hard to really appreciate just how great of an operation those cats have going on!  A big thank you to Phil and Gayla Salvati for not only organizing the picnic this year, but for picking out such great food for us!

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Stomachs full and smiles all around, we jumped head first into the business meeting.  Though I swore up and down it was going to be way shorter than last year, I still managed to drone on for an extra thirty or forty minutes (sorry friends :-)!).  We got a lot of topics covered though, and made some big plans for the upcoming season.  I want to extend a special thank you to NAFA’s own Sheldon Nichole, who took the time out of his busy schedule to come up to Oklahoma for the picnic.  He gave an excellent presentation during our meeting about expanding our affiliate membership with NAFA, and I’m excited to begin the process of putting that plan into action.

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When I finally stopped rambling on and called the meeting to a close, the group was rewarded with what they had really showed up for…the raffle!!!  Chris Kimble absolutely out did himself this year, and his time and effort resulted in one of the best raffles in club history!  We raised a significant amount of money, which will allow us to not only continue on with the conservation projects we have been involved with over the past couple of years, but to also expand our efforts into all new areas!  A VERY big thank you goes out to all of those who generously donated items this year.  Without your continued support of our club, we wouldn’t be able to continue making a positive influence for falconry in Oklahoma.  THANK YOU!

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The end of the raffle signified the completion of another successful picnic and business meeting.  As people began to trickle off toward their different portions of the state, I found myself really excited for the upcoming season.  It has been a pleasure to have had the opportunity to serve the club as a board member for the past couple of years, and as I handed the reigns over to the newly elected board members, I felt confident in the direction they will be taking the club.  OFA is comprised of a lot of talented, highly motivated people, and in their hands, there’s no telling what accomplishments are on the horizon for the Oklahoma Falconers’ Association.

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All the best my friends,

-Dan Murray-

 
 

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