Annual Field Meet – Brantford 2018

 

The Annual Field Meet will be held from November 15-18, 2018 in Brantford, Ontario. The Brantford area has lots of cottontails,  ducks, and good numbers of crows. Our keynote speaker will be American falconer Teddy Moritz, an avid and talented Harris hawker from Delaware, USA.  She will speak about training small dogs for falconry, specifically the use of dachshunds in rabbit hawking. Please see below for her biography.

The Meet is open to all OHC members in good standing and is an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends, make some new ones and get out into the field hunting with your fellow falconers

Members must pre-register on-line. Registration opens on September 15, 2018 and closes on November 9, 2018. The registration link will be emailed to all members in good standing but it is not posted on the website. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so please do not delay. Unfortunately, late registrations and registration at the Meet cannot be accepted.

We use PayPal to process payments, and you do not need to have a PayPal account– you can use your credit or debit card as a one-time Paypal ‘guest’.  Cancellation policy: If cancellations are made more than 72 hours prior to the event, we will refund you fully. If you cancel less than 72 hours before the event, no refund will be issued.

If you are not an OHC member but have an interest in attending the Field Meet, please contact secretary@ontariohawkingclub.org.

Thursday November 15, 2018

The field meet will kick off on Thursday evening with a social gathering at the restaurant at the field meet hotel. There is no formal program for Thursday evening but this is a chance to re-connect with friends and make plans for the weekend.

Friday November 16, 2018
As usual, the hawking starts Friday morning and runs through Saturday and Sunday. There will be a full program for Friday evening.

Falconry Marketplace  6-10 pm
If you make or sell falconry equipment, supplies, art, hawk food, breed raptors or have a business related to falconry, then we hope you will set up a table to sell your goods. Items for sale could include gloves, leashes, bells, perches, hoods, giant hoods, hawk food and vitamins, clothing etc.

Captive breeders who are selling birds may also wish to set up a table providing contact information, pictures, artwork, video, and perhaps a bird for display purposes.
There is no charge  to club members for tables. The Marketplace will run from 6 pm-10 pm on Friday evening. There will be a program and speakers from 8:00 pm-9:30 pm but vendors can re-open their tables after 9:30 pm, if they wish. If you are interested in having a vendor table, contact Sandra Davey at: sandradavey@hotmail.com

“Late Night with Jay Leno” / Q & A Interviews with Falconers. 8-9:30 pm
Usually, we will have a talk-show format in the evening with  our guest speaker as well as a couple of OHC falconers being interviewed by our very own “Jay Leno”.  But this year, we are changing things a little and we’ll be having a look back at falconry in Ontario over the last 30 years. It’s an opportunity to see how far we’ve come, and to hear from those who have been flying birds for decades. Bring your stories from ‘ back in the day’ and be prepared to share them. It will be a  fun, and interesting, evening.

Saturday November 17, 2018

The hawking starts on Saturday morning at 8:00am at the weathering yard. The group picture will be taken at 8:00 am sharp and then hunting groups will be organized.
From 12:00-1:30, there is a Buffet Lunch at the field meet hotel. Most people return for lunch ($15, if paid for when you register for the Field Meet) but if we don’t see you for lunch then we’ll see you at the end of the day when you’re done in the field.
At  5:00 pm the cash bar opens and there is Raffle Prize drop-off at the hotel. Falconry and non-falconry items are equally welcome. The Banquet dinner commences at  6:00 pm sharp with our Keynote Speaker, followed by the Raffle.

Sunday November 18, 2018
The hawking starts again on Sunday morning, with hunting groups meeting at 8:00am at the weathering yard. No lunch is planned and the Field Meet ends informally as people head home.

Hotel:

The hotel has a special OHC room rate for Friday and Saturday night of $109.00. There are a limited number of Pet- friendly rooms available at an additional fee of $20.00 per room. In order to take advantage of these rates, please mention the Ontario Hawking Club when you book and remember that the rooms MUST BE BOOKED BY OCTOBER 25, 2018. Room availability is not guaranteed after this date and the hotel will sell out.

 

Raffle:

The raffle is always a lot of fun and is a major source of revenue for the club. Please remember to bring an item for the raffle or silent auction, and help to make this year’s raffle another great success. Falconry and non-falconry items are equally welcome.

Overview of the Field Meet:

Thursday Nov 15, 2018
Social dinner in the field meet hotel restaurant

Friday Nov 16, 2018
8:00 am – Meet at the weathering yard, split into hunting groups for the day
6:00 – 10:00 pm- Marketplace at the field meet hotel; vendors of falconry supplies are welcome to display and sell their goods
6:00pm – Cash bar opens
8:00-9:30 pm – “Late Night with Jay Leno” / Q & A Interviews with our guest speaker and OHC falconers

Saturday Nov 17, 2018

8:00am – Meet at the weathering yard, group picture and then split into hunting groups
12:00-1:30 – Buffet Lunch at field meet hotel. Lunch is $15 (including beverages, taxes and gratuities) if paid for when you register for the Field Meet.
5:00-6:00pm – Raffle prize drop-off and cash bar opens
6:00-10:00 pm – Banquet, Keynote Speaker and Raffle

Sunday Nov 18, 2018
8:00am – Meet at the weathering yard, split into hunting groups for the day.

No lunch is planned and the Field Meet ends informally as people head home.

Keynote Speaker: Teddy Moritz

The Field Meet Committee has found an exceptional Guest Speaker for the Meet this year- Teddy Moritz from Delaware, USA. Teddy will be speaking about Training Small Dogs for Falconry.

Teddy is an accomplished falconer, best known for flying Harris hawks on cottontail rabbits using dachshunds. Her biography reads as follows:

“I was born and raised in northern New Jersey, USA. My father hunted with fox hounds, coon hounds and beagles. I became interested in falconry in 1963 and got my first hawk, a red tail, in 1966. I majored in Wildlife Management at West Virginia University and flew my hawk there. I have worked as a Naturalist and Zoo keeper for a county park system and as a Wildlife Biologist for the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

My husband Carl and I started the New Jersey Raptor Association in the early 1970’s, which lead to getting falconry legalized in New Jersey in 1980. The New Jersey Falconry Club is ongoing and growing.

I originally hawked over small terriers but found them lacking in tracking ability, having been raised watching my father’s hounds work. I got my first dachshund in 1976, a miniature smooth female. I found her a very good hunter and eventually got long hair miniature dachshunds which took the cold weather of northern New Jersey better than the smooth hairs. In the meantime I had seen Floyd Presley’s Harris’s Hawks and decided to try one. I have found them willing to work with the dogs and have stayed with them.”

Teddy is also a renowned dachshunds breeder, she judges field trials and has written about falconry and hunting dogs extensively for many years. You can read some of her articles here: http://borntotracknews.blogspot.com/2013/01/winter-hawking-with-teddy-moritz.html