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Name? 

Daniel Olson


How long have you been an OFA member?

I joined for 3 years, then took a short break, and rejoined recently.


Have you ever held a position in OFA? 

No


Where do you live? 

Tulsa, OK


Job or School? 

Indian Health Care and Resource Center as a Network Support Specialist, which is shorthand for all things Computer and phone related.


Family? 

Lovely girlfriend who will be starting her falconry journey later this year and her daughter, along with a collection of furry “kids.”


What got you interested in falconry? 

I think my first interest appeared when doing a nature hike with the cub scouts and we saw a Red Tail and the leader pointed it out.  I always knew about it from that point on, but did not know how to enter it.  Many years later, I found out one of the gentlemen who I shot sporting clays with in Colorado did falconry, and had a short chat.  My final introduction and move to it was when my ex-wife contacted my sponsor and decided she wanted to do falconry.


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

Bob Aanonsen was my sponsor, though I think of Mark Runnels as my co-sponsor as I learned a great deal from both of them.


What bird(s) do you currently fly? 

I fly a 2-year-old Great Horned Owl and a 6-year-old Peruvian Harris’s Hawk.


What birds have you flown in the past? 

My first bird was a Red Tailed hawk.


What was your favorite bird, and why? 

This is hard to answer, as I do not really have a favorite at this point.  They have been/are my favorites at this time.  All three of the birds are my favorite birds for their own reasons.  However, I if I had to choose, it would be my Peruvian Harris’s Hawk.  He has a fun personality in the field, yet keeps you on your toes at home.


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

This is hard to answer.  I am pretty content right now, but I have been thinking of flying either a Sharp Shinned Hawk or an Alpamado Falcon from some inner city starling hunting.


What is your favorite quarry? 

At this time, rabbits, though I am looking forward to expanding my quarry base to other challenges in the future.


Do you have other animals? 

I feel like I own a zoo.  Also included in the house is a 6 toed cat, 3 dogs (2 German Schnauzers and 1 long haired Chihuahua), and 3 ferrets.


Favorite falconry story? 

We were hunting with Mark Runnels in one of the fields he has permission.  He had his male and female Harris’s Hawks, Gus and Nola respectively, flying with my ex-wife’s Harris’s Hawk, Beagh.   A rabbit busted and both the males went after the rabbit.  Each of the males went down on the rabbit, just missing it.   After both males missed, Nola came in from a completely different angle.  Just as she went in from the kills, the rabbit leapt up and over Nola, and took off for cover.  Everyone in the field stopped and shouted in awe.


Funniest falconry story? 

See the previous story


Favorite quote? 

A Master Falconer just means that I have experienced more learning opportunities than an apprentice or general falconer.


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

Find a sponsor and/or a mentor as soon as possible, even if you know you will not have the test done or facilities ready for months away.   Spend as much time as you can with your sponsor during what I like to call the “Pre-apprenticeship.”  I found this makes the knowledge you need for the test easier to relate too and therefore easier to remember.  More importantly, you are far more calm and confident when working with that first Red Tail or Kestrel if you have spent the past several months working with your sponsor’s bird.


Who have you sponsored? 

No one yet.  I am still a few months away from legally being able to sponsor anyone.


What goals do you have for your falconry experience? 

My biggest goal is to successfully and consistently hunt with owls.  I have learned a great deal working with my current owl and I know we are very close to successful hunts in the field.  I also want to continue to educate the public about the beauty of these creatures, and their important part in our world.


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Social Networks? 

Facebook


Anything else? 

Falconry is a personal sport, and is experienced and performed differently by each of us.  The reasons we love it are similar to each other, yet unique to us as individuals.  I have grown to love the sport tremendously over the past 4 years.  It head lead to many other great adventures and skills that extend beyond falconry.  I look forward to many more years.

 
 

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