One new feature at this year's NAFA meet was a central European-style closing ceremony, hosted by German falconer (and newly elected IAF vice-president) Thomas Richter. Game taken during the meet is laid out on evergreen boughs, songs specific to each game species are played on horns (or, in this case, a recording is played on a speaker), and all present observe a few moments of silence as a gesture of appreciation for the quarry that makes the hunt possible, nourishing both hawks and our spirits.
[Donna Vorce and Shea Stull gathering cedar branches.]
[The square laid out.]
[Game ceremony by torchlight.]
Note to young falconers: The format can be different, but never miss a chance to honour your quarry.