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  • Falconry: A Rare Sport Worthy of Preservation

    Hannah Hayes|Mar 28, 2022

    Falconry by definition is the hunting of wild animals in their natural state and habitat by means of a trained bird of prey. The most important word in this definition is "hunting." There are several avenues a person can take to legally acquire a bird of prey such as education or rehabilitation. But if the person isn't on the landscape giving the bird the opportunity to catch wild animals in their natural habitat, they are not practicing falconry. This distinction is important because it allows...

  • The Little Things

    Hannah Hayes|Feb 7, 2022

    It's the little things that draw me to the uplands. Fishing, hunting, and falconry are just a few of the many hobbies I enjoy. I love ice fishing and open water angling, upland hunting and duck hunting, and it doesn't get more exciting than catching rabbits with my red-tailed hawk. However, in all of those options, the uplands remain a special place for me. I think most outdoorspeople can agree that we all find a sort of solace when we are enjoying the outdoors. Maybe the only way to properly...

  • Learning the Value of the Perfect Shot

    Hannah Hayes|Nov 1, 2021

    There are several components of the hunt I value more than a bird in the bag. As a bird dog fanatic, there's nothing I enjoy more than watching my dog work. As someone who values connections with others, the conversations both afield and at the tailgate are ones I cherish most. As someone who has enjoyed the outdoors since childhood and have only recently been able to call North Dakota my home, the landscapes this state holds are enough to catch my breath every hunt. A lot of times when I get...

  • Six Tips for The Beginning Hunter

    Hannah Hayes|Jul 26, 2021

    A big part of my job is encouraging folks to participate in outdoor recreation, particularly hunting. Whether that's hunting for the first time, continuing the enjoyment of time spent afield, or diving back into a hobby left forgotten, my job is rewarding in so many ways. Something I enjoy the heck out of is watching someone hunt for the first time. When watching a beginner it's clear to see the muscle memory flaunted by a hunting veteran has not yet been earned. However, the excitement to be...

  • Dogs are Excellent R3 Ambassadors

    Hannah Hayes, NDPF Education and Outreach Coordinator|Jun 28, 2021

    Recruit, Retain, Reactivate, or R3, is a nationwide effort aiming to increase participation in various outdoor recreation activities like hunting, fishing, nature photography, hiking, and many more. Focusing on hunting, R3 efforts aim to increase accessibility, education, and support to facilitate new hunters to dive into the world of hunting, ensure current hunters stay engaged, and encourage lapsed hunters to become active participants again. Efforts can be anything from hosting events that te...