The Virginia Falconers’ Association holds three events each year: Summer Picnic (a Saturday in August), Harrisonburg Field Meet (third weekend in January), and the New River Valley Field Meet (formerly called the Blacksburg Meet). Non-members and their families that attend the Meets can join us at the hotel "base camp" but they must be invited by a regular or associate member to accompany groups flying the hawk(s) in the field. Unfortunately, our groups have become unmanageable at Field Meets, making our generous landowners unhappy with granting permissions for hunting parties of 40 or more. The Picnic, however, is open to all guests, but it is a good idea to contact us through e-mail prior to the gathering. Watch for specific details about these events loaded onto the Upcoming Events page as plans become formalized.
The Picnic is a social and fundraising event held on a Saturday in August. The location is Lake Arrow Head Park by Luray. It is a time for us to show off birds, get advice from our peers, meet new people, link apprentice wanna-be’s to potential sponsors, catch up on news happening over the long moult-summer, and raise funds for club activities. We compete against each other for specific awards including Best Bird, share a meal, and auction off donated falconry-related items to support (primarily) our annual journal the Hawk Talk.
The Harrisonburg Meet is held on the third weekend of January, and includes a public Q&A/Hawk Talk, while members and invited guests only form hunting parties. Saturday is the primary day, and includes: group photo in the early AM; Public Hawk Talk, members then dividing up for morning hunting parties with individual lunch along the way and afternoon hunting parties. A dutch-treat group dinner for Regular & Associate Members and their invited guests highlights the best flights of the day. Game pins are awarded to those handlers whose birds catch prey at the meet. For the schedule and news about upcoming events please go to our Upcoming Events page!
The New River Valley Meet is a repeat of what happens at Harrisonburg, but it is held on the (most probably) third weekend of February each year.