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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?

Jerry Beals


How long have you been an OFA member?

Mid 80’s


Positions in OFA?

Just a dues paying member


Where do you live?

El Reno


Job or School?

Retired Firefighter


Family?

I’ve been married to Penny for 26 years, the best wife a falconer could ask for. We have two boys in their early 20’s, Jared and Jake


What got you interested in falconry?

I really don’t remember, maybe the Craighead boys.


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

I got my first kestrel in 1970. Back then you just mailed your money to the wildlife department (I grew up in California) and just like that, you were a falconer. My younger brother, Jeff, (a falconer in Utah) and I both became interested in falconry at that time, so we had each other to try and figure it out.


What birds do you currently fly?

I’m flying a four year old imprint female anatum peregrine, Hailey.


What birds have you flown in the past?

Kestrels, red tails, coopers, goshawk, peregrine/prairie, gyr/peregrine, peregrines and back as a teenager a changeable hawk eagle


What was your favorite bird and why?

All the birds I’ve flown have turned out to be my favorite. But I’m having a lot of fun flying Hailey; She makes it look so easy.


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

Over the years I think I’ve become a die-heart longwinger, but if I ever change, maybe a Goshawk on ducks.


Favorite Quarry?

I’d like to fly upland game with a brace of good dogs in some wide open county, but I don’t live in that type of area, so ducks are my favorite. They are plentiful and just minutes from the house


Do you have other animals?

Katie, GSP, my one-eyed, hawkin' dog


Favorite falconry story?

After getting out of the USAF and getting my career stared with the fire department I didn’t have the time to devote to falconry but one day in El Reno I saw Rob Summers walking in a park, manning a falcon. I stopped and met him. Wow a falconer in town… I came home and told my wife about meeting Rob and wanting to start hawking again, She knew of my past in falconry and said sure. Then she asked me if this is going to cost much, Well, what could I do??? So, the only time I lied to her, I said “No, this won't cost us much…You can’t imagine how many times over the last 26 years, my darling wife has said ‘ So, this isn’t going to cost us much”….


Funniest falconry story?

Although I’ve had more fun that I deserve, I don’t know if I can pick one out, It wasn’t funny at the time, but one day hawking ducks, things turned into a rat hunt when the duck got in to a creek with the dog and falcon right behind it. By the time I got to where I last saw the dog and falcon and duck there was no sign of any one. I caught an image of a shark fin coming out of the tall yellow grass. It was the wing of my falcon, and right with her was the dog. The falcon was bound to the dogs head, biting her, the falcon was screaming and the dog yapping. I didn’t know what was going on. I called the dog to me and the falcon had one leg thru the collar on the dog and had it in a half twist and was stuck. I got them untangled and started to look for the duck. Katie caught the duck hiding along the bank. The only thing I can think of, was the dog had the duck in her mouth and the falcon went in to take it and got a leg up thru the collar. Hailey was very lucky she didn’t break her leg.


Favorite quote?

From my Dad, when my brothers and I got in to trouble he would say “You can hear me, you’re not blind.” Didn’t make much sense back then either, And when it came to falconry my Dad would say “You can’t do that all your life.”


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

Prepare yourself and your family for a lifelong endevor and make it fun.


Who have you sponsored?

Chris Kimble, John Rule, Steve Gooden, Blake Richardson


What goals do you have for your falconry experience?

After every hawking season is over, the only goal I have is to make it to the next season.





 
 

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