Falconry, one of the world’s oldest hunting sports, is defined as the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor. No one knows for sure when and where falconry began but, based on pictoral records, it is thought that it originated in either Asia or the Middle East about 4,000 years ago. Prior to the invention of firearms in the early 17th century, raptors were used as a method of obtaining food. The term ‘falconry’ covers all trained birds of prey, not just the birds known as falcons.
Falconry is the most highly regulated of all hunting sports today. Permits and licenses are required from the US Fish and Wildlife Service as well as all states. There are rigid regulations addressing the possession, care and flying of birds for falconry.
The Georgia Falconry Association is a group of individuals dedicated to preserving the art and practice of falconry, as well as educating the public on the conservation, management and ecology of raptors. Members are expected to adhere to a strict code of ethics regarding game laws, treatment of birds and conduct in public. We willingly assist new falconers and those interested in the sport.
GFA Annual Meet– Perry, GA January 17-19, 2020
The GFA annual hunting meet is right around the corner. Due to changes in accommodations and available hunting properties around Pine Mountain, the meet has been relocated to Perry, Georgia this year. It is shaping up to be a great weekend with several large hunting tracts in the area around Perry, great accommodations, multiple options for dining and shopping within minutes of the hotel. Everyone is invited to come out and join in the fun, regardless of whether you are a falconer or not. We welcome and encourage anyone who has ever been interested in the sport of falconry to join us for this amazing event. Bring your family and friends out for a fun weekend of hunting with these amazing raptors.
Hotel rooms for the meet are available at the Ramada by Wyndham hotel in Perry. To make reservations as a GFA member, please call 1-478-987-3313 option 0 and tell them you are with the GFA.
Friday, January 17
Room check in at the hotel-3:00 PM
Check in for GFA members in the lobby after 3:00 PM
Saturday, January 18
Breakfast on your own- multiple options available in and around the hotel
Annual group photo in front of the hotel-8:00 AM
Meeting to select hunting property-hotel lobby-8:10AM
Lunch on your own- multiple options in Perry or Hawkinsville
Banquet-6:00PM at the Green Derby Restaurant beside the hotel
There will be a table set up for membership renewal, to pick up T-shirts, hoodies and hats starting at 5:30PM. Remember to bring your items for the annual raffle following the banquet. The banquet is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
Sunday, January 19
Breakfast on your own
Hunting properties available again today
We would like to say a special thank you to all of our 2020 Annual meet sponsors for all they have done to make this year’s meet a huge success. From the businesses who have donated items to our raffle to the local landowners who have graciously allowed us to use their beautiful properties in and around Perry and Hawkinsville.
|GunDog Supply||Western Sporting|
|Merlin Systems||Rodent Pro|
|Midway USA||Wild Hog Eradication|
|Mike’s Falconry||A and M Plantation|
|Northwoods LTD||LOM at Browndale|
Stone Mountain Highland Games– Stone Mountain, GA October 16-18, 2020
Georgia Scottish Festival– Blairsville, GA June 13-14, 2020
Outdoor Blast, Georgia Outdoor News– Atlanta, GA July 24-26, 2020
Buckorama, Georgia Wildlife Federation– Perry, GA August 14-16, 2020