Next week, the North American Falconers Association is holding its annual field meet in Oklahoma.
As many as 400 falconers from all over the world are expected to meet in Woodward Sunday then scatter across western Oklahoma for the next several days to go hunting with their raptors.
The falconers – hunting with breeds of hawks, falcons and eagles – will be hunting fur and feather: small game such as rabbits and squirrels and birds such as ducks, quail and pheasant.
To accomodate so many visitors, the Oklahoma Falconers’ Association and Woodward Tourisim and Convention Bureau are seeking landowners who would be willing to allow the falconers to hunt on their property.
If you are willing to help, call Dave Stevens at (252)725-4455.
If you are unable to reach Dave, call the tourism office at (580) 256-9990.
The meeting headquarters for the North American Falconers’ Association field meet will be the Northwest Inn in Woodward.
Directly adjoining the hotel will be the “weathering yard,” a field where the birds rest and sun themselves.
The best time for the public to see the birds in the yard will be daily from mid-morning to mid-afternoon beginning Sunday through Friday. Many of the birds will be hunting in early morning and late afternoon.
I will have more on this event on Sunday’s Outdoors Page in The Oklahoman newspaper.