Meet Hotel:

Whitten Inn - Expo Center

840 E. Hwy 80

Abilene, TX 79601

800-880-766 or 325-677-8100

(Mention you are with THA)

Room Rate: $60 + tax

(includes free deluxe continental breakfast)


2011 Banquet:

Taylor County Expo Center

Display Building

1700 Hwy 36

Abilene, TX 79602

Adult - $18.00

Child - $9.00

(12 and under)




All who register before 12/22/2010 receive a free Meet T-shirt.


Registration Fees:

THA Members - $35.00

(THA Family Members $10.00)

Non-Members - $45.00

Members Registering at Meet - $45.00


Online Meet Registration:
Online Registration Link

Printable Registration Forms:


*Regular Registration Ends December 22, 2010

Any issues or problems, please contact

Chuck Redding: southdir@texashawking.org

Jim Coody: treasurer@texashawking.org





2011 Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Bradshaw


Jeremy Bradshaw has years of experience flying merlins and other small falcons.  Additionally he is a first class hood maker, and sole proprietor of Big Jer’s Hoods.  We are privileged to have him attend our meet and speak with us during the banquet.  



Schedule of Events!

Friday Jan. 14, 2011 at the Whitten Inn

10:00AM - 5:00PM: Weathering Yard

4:00PM - 7:00PM: Meet Registration

4:00PM - 6:00PM: Apprentice Workshop - Michael Beran

6:00PM - 7:00PM: Happy Hour/Hor'dourves - Meet & Greet

7:00PM - 7:30PM: Welcome and Thanks Awards Presentations

7:30PM - 8:30PM: Friday Evening Guest Speakers – Bob Dalton and Diana Durman Walters

8:30PM - ?:??PM: Texas' New Falconry Regulations Q&A Round Table

?:??PM - 11:00PM: Meet & Greet (Continued)

Saturday Jan. 15, 2011 at the Whitten Inn

7:00AM - 5:00PM: Weathering Yard

11:00AM - 2:00PM: Late Registration

1:30PM - 2:30PM: Building a Coroplast Hawk Box - Chuck Redding (**See Notes Below)

(*Still looking for volunteers for more potential Workshops?)

Saturday Jan. 15, 2011 at the Taylor County Expo Center - Display Building

5:30PM - 7:00PM: Raffle Sales Open to Members

7:00PM - 7:30PM: Dinner Served

7:30PM - 8:00PM: THA Business & Awards

8:00PM - 8:30PM: Keynote Speaker – Jeremy Bradshaw

8:30PM - 9:00PM: Raffle Sales Continued (30 min.)

9:00PM - 10:00PM: THA Raffle and Auction

10:00PM: Closing

(**All times are approximate?)

Sunday Jan.16, 2011 at the Whitten Inn

7:00AM - 5:00PM: Weathering Yard

8:00AM - 10:00AM: Open Business Meeting

10:30AM - 11:30AM: Installing a Marshall Track Pack Workshop - Chuck Redding (**See Notes Below)

(*Still looking for volunteers for more potential Workshops?)

Sunday Jan.16, 2011 Dinner Out

7:00PM: THA Dinner Out

* Workshops: Please contact Chuck Redding if you have an idea for a workshop you would like to volunteer to conduct. (Suggestions include: photography workshop, training workshop, equipment making workshop? to include hood making, leashes, anklets, jesses, squirrel chaps? The list is endless.  Do your part to share your knowledge with someone else!)






Workshop Details:

Friday, 4:00 p.m. - Apprentice Workshop -- Michael Beran

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. - Building a Coroplast Hawk Box -- Chuck Redding
Coroplast boxes are light and strong.  I will demonstrate how to make a box out of a single folded sheet, using a design posted by Charlie Kaiser, an Arizona falconer.  There are Coroplast boxes that sell on the Internet for over $150.  This one will cost you about $25. The fabrication is simple and very slick, taking about an hour. The box we build will be donated to the raffle.

If you want to build your own box to take with you, you will need the following items:
1 - 8' X 4' Coroplast sheet (uncut and unbent)
1 - utility knife
1 - marker pen (Sharpie)
1 - measuring tape
1 - some strips of velcro
1 - tube of Barge cement


Sunday, 10:30am - Installation of Marshall's TrackPack (BackPack) -- Chuck Redding
I have now participated in six installations on four different birds* with the TrackPack, and consider this the safest way to mount a transmitter.  My redtail has had the same harness for nearly three years, through three molts.  Many folks are intimidated by the installation, but it is not difficult, once you've done it once.  If there is at least one person at the Abilene meet with a TrackPack and a bird to mount it on, I will do an installation.  Mike Garcia, who has done about 200 installations, put on demos at a couple of NAFA meets.  I don't claim to be nearly as smooth as Mike, but I can get the harness safely on a bird. 

*two RT's, a HH, and a Barbary tiercel