We had the good fortune of connecting with Bladen Benson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bladen, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to pursue this career, not just out of love, but because I was tired and scared of the thought of 9 – 5 jobs. I fully believe in making a career out of doing what you love. I also believe that it is important to step out of societal norms like getting a 9 – 5 job or even going to college.

I was in my first year of college when the overwhelming urge to become an entrepreneur hit me. I was so tired of my college courses and wanted to step out of “go to school so that you can get a good job”. At this time, I had a good job working for another falconry company, but I was also tired of taking orders.

Knowing myself and my character, I hate taking orders from other people, but I love giving them. The only way I saw to get out of this cycle, was to start my own business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
This business (besides my children) is my pride and joy. I quite my job and started this company during the pandemic. It was a very scary time but I was able to grow it into a small success. Right now, I am most proud of the fact that we have been able to teach so many people about Falconry Based Bird Abatement.

But it did take effort to get to where we are now. When I first started this, no one had any idea what Falconry-based Bird Abatement was. I had to go door to door, with a hawk on my hand and sell my company to people. Of course, everyone thought it was amazing when I walked up to their door with a hawk, and it led to more and more leads.

Even then it still wasn’t easy. One of the obstacles we had to get around was figuring out how much we were worth, and how much work we could actually take on. One hawk can only do so much work. After a couple of month we had to start expanding, buying new hawks, and start the training process. And for anyone who doesn’t know, training a hawk is not easy, and it is even harder to train a hawk to work for you at night, when its pitch black and cold.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend that came here from out of town, I would without a doubt take them to Downtown Gilbert for some drinks and food.

This old area of Gilbert is a historical monument for locals. It has been around for over 100 years and the food is arguably some of the best you will have in the area.

If we had time and patience, my next stop would be Greer, AZ. I grew up as a little kid, driving up north to Greer. This beautiful stretch of mountains with its amazing wildlife is where I find time to sit back and relax. Who wouldn’t want to watch a herd of elk eat in the back pasture of your Air B n B?

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife deserves a shoutout.

In college, the urge to start my own business was there but the push came when I met my wife, and started a family.

I started my family at a young age, and when I had my family I was still working an hourly job. Once we found out that we were going to have our first soon, something completely flipped and changed inside of me. If it wasn’t for my wife encouragement, and dedication to me, I would not have started Desert Kings Falconry.

Website: Desertkingsfalconry.com

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