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  • 16 Nov 2019 8:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to the quick action of local Tucson falconer Bob Carson and the rehab experience of Phoenix falconer Jerry Ostwinkle at Arizona Raptor Center this Harris Hawk that was cruelly shot with an arrow has been re-released back into the wild to join its family group after a full recovery.


  • 5 Nov 2019 5:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Arizona Falconers,

    Some of you may have received a letter from your falconry coordinator recently.  If your falconry license is due for renewal, then you should receive a letter shortly if you have not already.

    The letter explains to falconers that they are required by R12-4-428(13-b) to comply with an annual veterinary inspection.  The Arizona falconry regulations [R12-4-422(G)] state:
    “G. The Department shall deny a sport falconry license to a person who fails to meet the requirements established under R12-4-409, R12-4-428, or this Section. The Department shall provide a written notice to an applicant stating the reason for the denial. The person may appeal the denial to the Commission as prescribed under A.R.S. Title 41, Chapter 6, Article 10.”

    This change happened during the last cycle of Article 4 revisions done in 2013.  To my knowledge, the Arizona Falconers Association was completely unaware that we were going to be held to further regulations outside R12-4-422 which governs our falconry licenses.  We would have opposed such an inclusion, based on the fact the falconry regulations already set specific and perfectly adequate captivity standards for falconry raptors.  

    Currently the club is working with the AZGFD during their 5 year review of Article 4.  We have already stated that we are opposed to the veterinary inspection required by R12-4-428(13-b).  We will continue to work to have falconers exempted from the regulation based on (but not necessarily limited to) the following:

     The captivity standards set forth in R12-4-428 are redundant to the existing captivity standards set forth in R12-4-422.


    The annual veterinary inspection places an undue financial burden on the stakeholders (licensed falconers).


    The annual veterinary inspection places undue behavioral stress on many falconry birds.


    The annual veterinary inspection accomplishes nothing for the safety and wellbeing of falconry birds.

    Please be aware that if you are due for renewal this year, the club’s official recommendation is that you comply with it so as to continue to demonstrate to the AZGFD that falconers are a law abiding group within the hunting community.  We are asking at this time for each falconer who must comply with this requirement to document for the club the financial burden this places on you, and any behavioral stress your birds experience as a result of this inspection.  Please email any documentation you can provide to me at president@arizonafalconers.com.


    Jamaica Smith
    AFA President

    If you would like to read the relevant laws yourself you can find them here: https://apps.azsos.gov/public_services/Title_12/12-04.pdf

  • 16 Oct 2019 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am very excited to announce that the AFA Desert Hawking Classic 2020 will be held in Oracle, AZ at the Biosphere, January 23-26, 2020. The Biosphere is an all-in-one venue that will provide for our speakers, workshops, weathering yard, picnic/bbq, lodging (yes, lodging too!) and banquet needs. The Biosphere is a beautiful and unique location for our meet and right in the middle of thousands of acres of public land. Available nearby quarry include; Black Tailed Jackrabbits, Antelope Jackrabbits, Cottontail, Quail and even Duck.

    Alternative lodging is nearby however I don't think you'll want to miss staying in the amazing casitas on the Biosphere grounds. A link for booking rooms will be provided soon and will be $99/night. I look forward to seeing you all there. Happy Hawking!

    -Nate Danforth DHC Coordinator

  • 18 Jul 2019 1:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We will be firing up the grill with the club providing entrees and water but please bring a dish to share. Other drinks are BYOB. Meet new members, visit with old friends and bring any questions to the brief membership meeting. For those looking for a sponsor, this is your best opportunity to meet other falconers and network. Hope to see you there!

    Date: Saturday, August 10th 2019

    Time: 11am - 3pm

    Date: Saturday, August 10th 2019

    Location: Thumb Butte group picnic area in Prescott, AZ

    Google Map Link

    Photos from last years picnic:

  • 6 Feb 2019 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some call the falconry community a family.  A family of hunter-conservationists that protect and defend raptors and the natural world. The following snap shots are a glimpse of the gathering of falconers and our hunting partners, new and old, that met in Tucson, AZ January 24-27, 2019 for the annual Desert Hawking Classic hosted by the AFA.  We hope to see you again in 2020! 

    Photos courtesy of Paul Schnell, AZ's Raptor Experience, LLC

    A Michigan visitor poses with 'Odin', male Harris's hawk

    One of several Meet coordinators Lydia Stinchfield with her Harris's hawk

    Falconer/kestrel researcher Jon Orona with his family and kestrel

    IN falconer Brad Pafford with his 3x intermewed Red-tailed hawk

    Jerry Ostwinkle brought his gorgeous Ornate Hawk-eagle

    Jerry accepts Honorable Lifetime Membership Award from AFA President Kaiser

    Finnish goshawk on gauntlet

  • 28 Jan 2019 2:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Jennifer Coulson presentation on Harris's Hawks at the 2019 Arizona Falconers Association Desert Hawking Classic.

  • 28 Jan 2019 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dr. Lauren McGough describes her experience hunting game in south africa with a Crowned Eagle at the 2019 Arizona Falconers Association Desert Hawking Classic.

  • 27 Jan 2019 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    John Bostwick presenting the Apprentice Workshop at the 2019 Arizona Falconers Association Desert Hawking Classic

  • 26 Jan 2019 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jon Orona updates members of the Arizona Falconers Association at the 2019 Desert Hawking Classic on the American Kestrel Nest Box Project.

  • 26 Jan 2019 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Director of Global Conservation, Chris Parish gives a talk on The North American Non Lead Partnership at the 2019 Arizona Falconers Association Desert Hawking Classic.

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