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.
2021 Annual Field Meet
January 15th – 18th, 2021 in Hawkinsville, GA
Rooms are available at the Loyalty Inn, 20 North Warran Street in Hawkinsville, GA 31036. Room rate for this event will be $55.00 per night and your pets are welcome. To make a reservation please call (478) 231-1529 or (478) 783-2914. Let them know you are with the GFA when you call.
Our schedule for the weekend:
- Friday, January 15th- 6:30PM Meet registration at the hotel lobby.
- Saturday, January 16th- 7:30 AM Falconers meet in front of the hotel
- 8:00 AM Group photo at the hotel
- 8:15AM Disperse with your hunting groups
- 12:00PM Lunch with the group at The Steak House Restaurant
- 341 Bypass in Hawkinsville, GA
- 6:00PM Annual banquet and raffle at the Steak House
- Sunday, January 17th- Hunting properties will be available
- Monday, January 18th- Hunting properties will be available
Georgia Scottish Festival– Blairsville, GA June 12-13, 2021
GON Outdoor Blast– Atlanta, GA July 30- August 1, 2021
Buckorama– Perry, GA August 13-15, 2021
Stone Mountain Highland Games– Stone Mountain, GA October 16-17, 2021
2020 Annual meet-Perry, GA
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|