Dear IAF delegates, 50th opocno meeting

We have a pleasure to invite you to the IAF meeting of European delegates. This meeting will be held during the International Falconry Field Meet in Opočno, Czech Republic. This year the Czech Falconers Club celebrates the 50th anniversary of its foundation. You are very welcome to join us for the whole event.


The IAF meeting is planned to be on Friday 13th October (from 9 am  to 5 pm). All registered IAF delegates are invited by the Czech Falconers Club to the Gala evening (start at 7 pm).


For accommodation in Opočno, please specify the date of arrival and date of departure. The Czech Falconers Club will organise the accommodation for you (prices will be specified).

Accommodation in Prague must be arranged by the visitors themselves.


Return bus from Opočno to Prague will be arranged based on departure flights of the IAF delegates (most likely Sunday morning). All other services could be arranged according to visitors’ needs. (If we know detailed information about the arrival and departure date and time, we will make plans for more convenient transport).


Opočno is 150 km north-east from Prague (2 hours drive) (see the map)

Route from Airport to Opočno


Programme of the falconry meeting:

 Wednesday 11th October

  • Arrival in Opočno
  • High flying falcons championship“ – afternoon (competition for falcons – flying to balloon, drones, kite)
  • Celebrate mass in the chapel – evening

Thursday 12th October

  • Ceremonial start of the field meet at the Opočno castle – 9 am (horses, coaches, historical costumes, etc.)
  • Hawking – 11 am – 5 pm
  • Closing of the first hawking day – 7 pm
  • Concert of horns, trumpeters – hunting music – evening

Friday 13th October

  • Morning start of the field meet – 10 am
  • Hawking – 11 am – 5 pm
  • IAF meeting at the Opočno castle – Meeting room arranged (computer, screen, projector), Tea, coffee and snacks arranged
    • 1st IAF European Meeting (9 am – 1 pm)
    • IAF working groups, any other business (2 pm – 5 pm)
  • Closing of the second hawking day – 7 pm
  • Gala evening (food, drink, music) – 8 pm

Saturday 14th October

  • Morning start of the field meet – 9 am
  • Falconry display for public – 10 am – 11 am
  • Hawking – 11 am – 5 pm
  • Ceremonial closing of the field meet at the Opočno castle – 6 pm


Let us know

If you are planning to visit the IAF meeting, please send the following information to and

  • Date, time and place of arrival
  • Way of transport (car/plane)
  • Date and time of departure
  • Bus from Prague to Opočno (Thursday evening)
  • Bus from Opočno to Prague (Sunday morning)

With your hawk/falcon?

If you are planning to come with your hawk/falcon, please follow the information for the international falconers (not finished yet, sorry).