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Jonathan Coleman
President

Chris Kimble
Vice President

Bart Russell
President-elect

Shane Bullard
Treasurer

Rob Huber
Secretary



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Name?

Heather Clement


How long have you been an OFA member?

One Year


Positions in OFA?

OFA Web Committee


Where do you live?

Blanchard Oklahoma


Job or School?

I am currently going Oklahoma City Community College and will be graduating in May 2010.


Family?

I am still living with my parents, and I have an older brother and sister and a younger brother.


What got you interested in falconry?

My dad has been around falconry off and on since he was about 16

years old. So, I have known a little about falconry since I young. It wasn't until about three years ago that I decided that I want to learn more about it, and finally start working toward getting my license. Which is when I convinced my dad to do it with me since it has been something he has always wanted to do.


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

Peter Tirrell is currently my sponsor, and I am very greatly for the time and knowledge he has devoted to mentoring me, and being a good friend to both my dad and I. Every falconer I have been around have been good influences, and I am constantly amazed by how much I learn when I am around them.


What birds do you currently fly?

I'm flying a Red-tailed Hawk, his name is Dharr.


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

After I release my Redtail I will probably be flying a Kestrel, although it will depend on my living situation when I move to continue my education. I would like to eventually fly a Ferruginous Hawk and a Goshawk.


Favorite Quarry?

Well, its always rewarding to get a cottontail rabbit after wading through fields of briars, but you got to love chasing squirrel too. I enjoy chasing anything really lol. : )


Do you have other animals?

I have my Labrador, Yoshi, who always enjoy chasing rabbits too. And he is really good at catching rats. I also have a couple of horses, which I've tried to get Dharr to hunt from, but I haven't had a good place to take the horse. And I have had experience with many different types of animals, thanks to my crazy sister, Raegan.


Favorite falconry story?

I flushed a rabbit up between me and Dharr, where he was perched in the top of a cedar tree. The rabbit had a good fifty to sixty foot start on him and took off into an open field. Dharr chased the rabbit for four hundred yards until they dead end into a large mound of dirt. I took off running after them trying to catch up to him. The whole time I was running I watched them dance around at the bottom of the dirt mound. I saw the rabbit zig zag back and forth while Dharr would mount up on the air and wing over and continuously miss. He finally started chasing it on the ground which was when I lost sight of what happened. I finally caught up to Dharr and to my delight I saw him roused up over the rabbit that he held clutched in his talons.


Funniest falconry story?

A few weeks ago my dad and I were out hawking together, we were both beating the brush as hard as we could. I'm about forty feet away from my dad when I hear him yell out Ho Ho Ho! I looked up and see his bird fly from one tree to another, and then I see a rabbit flying through the air, and the bird crashing down after it! I run over to my dad to find out what happened and he had whacked the rabbit with his walking stick while he was beating the brush. The rabbit had took off running and then fell over which was when he picked it up and threw it into the air. We decided that one only counted as half a kill. ;)


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

Even though it takes a lot of time and commitment and a lot work getting started, just stick with it because it is definitely worth all of it.


What goals do you have for your falconry experience?

I want to continue to learn as much as I can about falconry, and experience as much as I can with every kind of bird that I am able to fly.


Contact Info you want public?

(405) 249-7732

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