2018 Winter Meet

Are you ready to do some hawking in Wausau, WI?  We will be having our annual winter meet on February 2nd-4th, 2018. Wausau has a great deal of public and county land in the surrounding area for falconers to hunt game. For more information you can refer here.

The meet hotel is Weston Inn and Suites, the hotel staff has requested you make reservations for the rooms by January 1st, 2018. It is free to make a registration, the simplest way would be to contact the hotel staff directly, tell them you’re reserving a room for the Wisconsin Falconer’s Winter Meet, and they will put you down on their lists. Make sure you do it early as you can, there is another event being held that weekend.

Registration Fee – $20 and includes your 2018 annual WFA membership.
Saturday Dinner Cost –  RSVP for Dinner required by Friday January 27th, 2018. It is a chicken buffet-style dinner.
Hotel – Weston Inn and Suites, 5810 Schofield Ave, Weston, WI 54476

Our speaker for this meet is Lynn Oliphant.  Oliphant lives on a quarter-section of native parkland near Saskatoon Saskatchewan with his wife, Dr. Rhonda Shewfelt, their three dogs and a few peregrine falcons. Lynn is a retired professor having taught at the University of Saskatchewan Veterinary College for nearly 30 years. He has had a life-long commitment to the idea of sustainability and lives in a self-built, strawbale house, powered by solar panels, drives an electric car and with Rhonda grows much of their own food.

He holds a PhD in Zoology and was involved in the restoration of the Peregrine Falcon population in Canada and the Mid-West US. The Saskatchewan Co-operative Falcon Project was originally funded by Drs. Pat Redig and Bud Tordoff in return for the first peregrines released in the Mid-West. The project supplied more than 500 peregrines for release over a period of two decades. For over 20 years he also directed an intensive study of urban nesting Merlins in Saskatoon. Since coming to Canada in 1971 he has been involved in many conservation and environmental groups both locally and internationally and has been the recipient of several awards from various groups including Nature Saskatchewan, the Meewasin Valley Authority and the CanadianGeographic Society.

Beginning in the 1960s, he has flown all species of falcons native to North America at wild quarry as well as several hybrids. His bird of choice is the tiercel peregrine flown at Huns, sharptail and ducks. Experiments with tamehacking began in the early 1970s culminating in a book (The Four Week Window) describing the importance of early experience in the development of eyass birds. This has recently been superseded by his new book “Developing the Modern Gamehawk”.

Lynn will be speaking primarily on his ideas regarding the optimal development of eyass birds for falconry and showing a 20 minute video of the method used at his small breeding project “Prairie Sky Falcons”. If there is sufficient interest, a discussion of the evidence for a very large breeding population of peregrines located primarily in northern Canada will be entertained. A limited number of copies of the current book will also be available at a reduced price.

Non-resident falconers who wish to bring their birds to hunt in WI will require a Veterinarian’s Certificate of Health and a completed and approved Import Permit, which you can download here. All non-resident falconers must have a WI non-resident small games license and all the appropriate stamps for the game you intend to hunt.  This includes state/federal stamp for ducks/doves, and a state stamp for pheasants.  Additional details can be found on the WI DNR’s website. First time buyer’s of a nonresident license will receive a discounted license, there are annual and 5 day options.

We hope to see you in Wausau!

Bert the Goshawk waiting for a bunny