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Scott Coleman, Board President
I currently work as a Lecturer in Psychology at Texas Christian University where I teach courses in research methods and behavior. Over the years I have flown a variety of raptors and even worked as an assistant in raptor breeding project in Montana. Nowadays one can find me flying peregrine and gyr/peregrine falcons on ducks and upland gamebirds, but I still enjoy a day shooting quail over pointers with a double-barreled shotgun in West Texas. I am pleased to serve THA and the falconry community as President. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or are in need of assistance.

Jimmy Walker, Board Vice President

Growing up gun hunting, I had noticed the falconry regulations in the annual TPW hunting guide, but did not give it much thought. I did not realize that the sport was available for me to actually practice until I attended a NAFA meet in Amarillo in the early 90’s. That introduction was akin to a light switching on in my brain. You all know what I mean. I was hooked. I had gun hunted mostly quail and dove my whole life, but seeing all of those raptors in the weathering yard, and realizing that it was something that I could participate in made my head spin. I can still remember Karen’s first words when I tried to explain what I was about to get into. “You’re going to do what?” “With what?” As a matter fact, I still hear those same questions from her all too often.

One of the first falconers that I met at that NAFA gathering was Hal Webster, who immediately befriended me and (after selling me a copy of his book), gave me the short version of the time and commitment it would take for me to become a falconer including a list of steps that would be required to get started.

The rest is history. My introduction to falconry was late in the season, so it was the following fall before I was able to round up a sponsor, build my facility, test, and trap my first Red tailed hawk (Hudini). Since that time, I have caught game with most of the more common raptor species. Probably the most memorable of them was my passage tiercel prairie falcon named Harley who spent 10 seasons with me catching ducks and blue quail. Vinney comes in a close second. He was an unruly, hand-me-down Finnish goshawk that made ducks look silly, and caught hundreds of blue quail over the points of my German shorthairs Jax and Bean.

I have been a member of the THA and NAFA since that first NAFA meet and have served the THA as Director at Large, Northern Director, and as Apprentice Coordinator. Although I have been a THA member for the past 20 years, I have not been as involved with the club as much as I should over the most recent years. For that I apologize. Falconry and the THA have been good to me, and had it not been for the sacrifices of past officers and member volunteers (you know who you are), we would not be one of the leading falconry clubs in the world. I hope that my involvement as vice president will be beneficial to the club and help me make up for missed opportunities to lend my support.

I have made many great friends in the THA, but in recent years have only gotten to see those who wander through my part of the world looking to trap a wintering prairie falcon or on their way to a NAFA meet. That being said, I appreciate the vote of confidence that Scott and the Directors have given me with the offer of the Vice Presidency, and look forward to serving the THA in the future. I know that I have condensed 20 great years into just a few words, so please look me up at the upcoming THA meet so we can fill in the gaps and visit about your thoughts on the future of the THA.

Corey Roelke, Board Secretary/Treasurer treasurer "at" texashawking.org

My interest in falconry goes back to my childhood, but after finishing graduate school I decided I had the time to devote to the sport and became licensed. I have an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and a Ph.D in Quantitative Biology. My interests include hunting, fishing, and herping (recreationally searching for reptiles and amphibians). Currently, I am attempting to become a better practicing longwinger, as I love waterfowl hunting in all its forms. I’m happy to serve at the Secretary-Treasurer for the THA as I think it’s an extremely valuable organization for the sport of falconry in Texas and nationwide.

Jeff Cattoor, Board Northern Director

Greetings membership! My name is Jeff Cattoor and I’ve been an active falconer and THA member since 2003. I’ve spent most of my years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and have been a “bird-brain” in general as far back as I can remember. I’ve hunted with Redtails, Harris’ Hawks, Saker and Aplomado falcons during this time and cannot get enough of this awesome pursuit. When not in the field, I work in IT controls and compliance consulting and am active in bird abatement work with raptors as well. I’m very excited to be your Northern Director and will do everything in my power to support you the membership and this great club. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and I’ll be happy to assist you.

Matthew Reidy, Board Southern Director

I am also a certified wildlife biologist with a bachelors degree in wildlife management from Texas A&M University and a masters degree in range and wildlife management from Texas A&M-Kingsville. I work as a regulatory wildlife biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with primary job duties of working with private landowners and the public on all aspects of wildlife management in South Texas. I look forward to working with everyone within the Texas Hawking Association and hope to do my best for the sport and the club.

Chris Godfrey, Board Director-At-Large diratlarge "at" texashawking.org

I began my falconry interest at 6 yrs old. I became licensed in 1985. David Whitton, who was flying an incredible cast of Harris hawks and Jim Ince, who was flying a female peregrine, lived in my neighborhood. David became my sponsor. I spent lots of time learning all I could from these guys and I still do.

I started with some kestrels and in college at Texas Tech I flew passage merlins and a female peregrine. I graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications Studies with a Minor in Wildlife Management.

Mike Tigh, Raffle Coordinator tha.raffle.coordinators "at" texashawking.org

In 1996 I relocated with my employer from Northern California to Texas. I am an Account Manager in the industrial gas industry specializing in various gases from welding to bulk cryogenic gases.

My passion and interest for falconry had begun years ago but it wasn’t until my boys grew up when I found the time to begin my long time awaited desire. I began my search my internet and ran across the THA website. I sent an email to Jay Lehmer who replied and invited me to my first sky trials on Valentine’s Day in Hillsboro. That day in 2008 was the beginning of a longtime passion.

I trapped my first hawk “Sheba” who is a red tail, she is my favorite out of the three hawks I have. She brings the kill to the table consistently and is a great hunter. Her specialty is squirrels; my wife loves to go to watch her as she hunts them down. Tree to tree she chases the squirrel until she swoops in for the kill.

My other two hawks are Harris Hawks their names are Rusty and Honeybadger. Rusty is a male captive bread tercel and Honey badger is a female. The two Harris hawks hunt in a cast together on a regular basis. As a falconer falconry is more than a sport, it a way of life.

Mark Smith, Apprentice Coordinator - marksmansmith@aol.com

I have been fascinated with raptors all of my life. My falconry adventure started after I met Jack Brady, who ended up sponsoring me. Since that time I have been blessed with the chance to fly several species. I have flown kestrels, Cooper's hawks, Harris's hawks and red-tailed hawks to name a few. My current project is a red-shouldered hawk that I have been using to hunt quail. I live near Eastland so if you're ever in the area feel free to swing by and we'll go fly the birds together. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me. .

Falconry Beliefs:
Falconry is different now than ever before. There are relationships that must be maintained if Falconry is to continue. THA should be working in accord with NAFA and the IAF to guard each other’s back and support Falconry critical initiatives not only in Texas but on the national and international level as well. A common theme among the three associations is “bringing new blood into Falconry”.
Those of us currently in Falconry had to rely on deeply seated passions to get past the obstacles to becoming licensed and those same passions drive us now to develop new skills with new birds. I believe that the development of Educational resources for Falconry is not only an essential component to bringing in “new blood” but to improving the sport in the future. By offering classes that teach people the true costs, demands and rewards of Falconry (an introductory course) we bring in new people who are committed to the long haul. By following up with other advanced courses on topics like Telemetry, mews design, or trapping techniques we provide forums for exchanging best of practice techniques as well as strengthen relationships. The Apprentice Coordinator (AC) is a key person in meeting and directing inquiries to the right resources. Those resources could be in the form of answers to basic questions, materials on Falconry, potential sponsors, or educational courses. The AC should be working closely with the Outreach Coordinator and the board to coordinate THA’s efforts in “bringing new blood into Falconry”.

Jonathan Millican, Outreach Coordinator venator242@yahoo.com

Watching wild Red-tail Hawks circling overhead in the foot hills of Colorado, with the sun glistening through their fresh summer feathers, captured my interest as a child. I wanted to experience the beauty on a regular basis and made my way to the library to learn how to raise hawks, which is when I found my first falconry book. I read and reread it so many times it fell apart, but I learned the licensing requirements and obtained the state regulations. After finding a sponsor and meeting all the requirements, I became a Texas falconer. Since 1997 I have been hunting and flying birds in many different environments across the country. My favorite bird is the American Kestrel, but I enjoy different aspects of hunting with every bird I have flown.

I am glad to be part of Texas Hawking Association, and hope to provide a positive experience to outside organizations who are dedicated to educating the public about preserving the art of falconry, supporting hunting, and conservation of raptors. The outreach program is primarily gear towards groups and organizations conducting educational and public events. These events are normally supported by local THA Falconers with their live bird on static display. If you have any request or recommendations, or if you would like to volunteer, feel free to contact me at the email address above.

Danny Pickens, Editor, editortha@yahoo.com
Although I was not one of the charter members of Texas Hawking Association, I have been a member since 1988. THA has provided me with an avenue to practice a sport I love. I have also made many life-long friends, been taught by those wiser than me, benefited from the political influence of THA, and attended some great THA sponsored events.

Over the years have tried to give back to the club in a variety of ways; I have served as President, Vice-President, and served as Editor in 1996-2000, 2004-2005, and 2012-2015. I have produced 37 issues of On The Wing. I have relinquished the position only to serve NAFA in various positions over the years. Last year I was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Membership by the membership of THA.

I received my first falconry permit in 1987. Since then I have had the privilege of teaming with redtails, Harris’ hawks, prairie falcons, a brookie falcon, peregrine falcons, and my current bird an eight times intermewed gyr/peregrine falcon to take game. There is nothing I like better than being in the field with my birds chasing quarry; that to me is falconry. I currently fly a 2016 passage peregrine, Sapphire.

I’m ready to go to work for THA again as editor.