Great American Outdoor Show – Part 1 of 2

Monday, February 8

Great American Outdoor Show (1)I don’t derive great joy in going to where there are great crowds of people, but Cerwin, Jeff, Jordan, Donovan, Diana, and Gloria were going – and it was my birthday.

Great American Outdoor Show (2)What I do enjoy is watching activities that are going on in the Large and Small Arenas while the others are visiting the outfitters.

There are also exhibit halls filled with any kind of outdoor and hunting equipment imaginable.

Great American Outdoor Show (3)I looked at the schedule and chose the DockDogs Jumping Contest – Training Seminar in the Large Arena. There were some trained dogs, but anyone could bring their dog for training. This one was not about to jump off the dock.

Great American Outdoor Show (4)They tried the ramp, but he wasn’t real excited about that either.

Great American Outdoor Show (5)This one stood on the dock and barked, because he wanted to get his toy, but he wouldn’t jump, they tried the ramp, but he would not go in the water.

Great American Outdoor Show (6)Then they showed us what happens with a trained dog.

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Great American Outdoor Show (8)He knew how to wait for the command.

Great American Outdoor Show (9)Then caught the object mid-air.

Great American Outdoor Show (10)Trying to train another one. He didn’t like the dock.

Great American Outdoor Show (11)This one went off the ramp but not the dock.

Great American Outdoor Show (12)Trying to coax another one to retrieve.

Great American Outdoor Show (13)Nope. Not jumping.

When that program was over, I had time to go to see the Outfitters in Main Hall where Cerwin, Jeff, and Gloria were  talking to Joel from Track Down Kennels and Lodge near Fort Kent, Maine. I never did see Jordan, Diana, and Donovan.

Great American Outdoor Show (14)My favorite thing in the Outfitters Hall is the beautiful animals on display by the taxidermists.

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Great American Outdoor Show (19)My favorite thing of the day was watching Birds of Prey: Raptors The Ultimate Hunters in the Small Arena.

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Great American Outdoor Show (21)The first bird was a beautiful Barn Owl.

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Great American Outdoor Show (23)He told us about the history of Falconry and how he got involved.

Great American Outdoor Show (24)I don’t know where I’ve been, but I did not know that falcons are used for hunting.

Great American Outdoor Show (25)There are 4,849 falconers in the United States. He highlighted three states – Pennsylvania because that is the state in which the show was being held. Ohio because there were a lot of visitors from our neighboring state, and West Virginia – his home state.

We also saw license plates from New York, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Great American Outdoor Show (26)His second bird was a Red Tailed Hawk.

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Great American Outdoor Show (30)It was interesting to learn that to become a falconer you must capture your own hawks, owls, and falcons.

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Great American Outdoor Show (32)I think he said this one is a Harris Hawk.

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Great American Outdoor Show (34)I will show you pictures from the rest of my day in my next post.

6 thoughts on “Great American Outdoor Show – Part 1 of 2

  1. I have a friend who is a Falconer. He and his wife are both MKs. He grew up in Ecuador and she in Africa. They live in Arizona.

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