Falconry and Dogs

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Shalva, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Shalva

    Shalva New Member

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    So thats it in a nutshell....

    I am an apprentice falconer still getting by ducks in a row so I can trap my hawk hopefully this fall.... I am still debating between working with a juvenile red tail or a kestral.... a red tail is definitely more common...

    and we have 9 dogs that are in various venues...
    Connor, Kaelyn, Cuinn, and Shalva are all retired and Breed Champions with obedience titles for some

    Emmett, Connie, and Natalie are in the breed ring and obedience and rally rings

    Bing and Meir are working on just obedience

    I am also a stained/fused glass artist so that hobby supports my other two...

    does anyone else do any of these things??? any falconers???
     
  2. Sundancers

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    Not a falconer but I've know of two. Very cool to watch them work.
     

  3. Shalva

    Shalva New Member

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    I am pretty excited about this whole process... I am a University professor and I had a falconer come to speak to a class I taught "Animals in Society" and in the course of conversation we discussed how I had always wanted to do that but the trapping of the hawk was so daunting and she agreed to sponsor me. I know of several others who want to do this but can't find a sponsor so I was pretty lucky... its a pretty intense process and I am pretty excited to be doing it... I can't wait to get my bird.
     
  4. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    I hope you will keep us with an "up date" as things move along. I know I would like to see how it plays out.
     
  5. ChickenAdmin

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    How did you get started in falconry? I've always been interested but have been told the process is long and difficult.
     
  6. goatgal

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    Don't know much about falconry, but I'm really into the dogs. We raise and show English Bulldogs, also do rescue. I'm fostering a Frenchie at the moment. What are your breeds?
     
  7. Shalva

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    I also have been interested for years but like you was daunted by the requirements... its at least a two year apprenticeship and you have to trap your own bird either a kestral or red tail.... you have to pass a written test and your states wildlife biologist has to come out and inspect your faciliities and equipment... it is pretty daunting... i am in the process of studying for the written test and then once we get the chicken coop totally built and done we will start on the mews for the hawk... then you can only trap in the fall here so I won't make it this year so will trap next year... then the training of the dragon begins... but yeah it is daunting....
     
  8. Shalva

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    We show and breed (only occasionally) golden retrievers and Irish Wolfhound. We had Flat Coated Retrievers for a long time but my lines came to an end due to some unforeseen circumstances so we did a breed switch but we still have a few flat coats here... so nine total dogs...its a busy house ... how bout you...???
     
  9. goatgal

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    At the moment, I have 3 bulldogs, one frenchie. Only one bitch is intact, so we show her. She has one major and 8 points. We have good friends who raise field type Goldens and I love the breed. Also really love Irish Wolfhounds. I always seek them out at the shows but I don't think I want to get involved with another short-lifespan breed. And yes, the house revolves around the dogs...and the chickens...and the garden!
     
  10. Shalva

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    Right now we have 2 intact girls our golden Connie and Natalie the wolfhound... We also have two intact boys a both goldens... We have a bunch of retired dogs . Right now we are competing in obedience with Connie and Emmett (GR) Meir and Shalva (FCR) and Natalie (IW), We have Connie, Emmett, Meir and Natalie in Rally... we are showing Natalie, Connie and Emmett in breed and Connor, Kaelyn, Shalva, Cuinn and Bing are all retired....

    I did start a thread for us doggie types
     
  11. Riverdale

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    I may sound like a whacko, but this is enough to prevent me from attempting falconry. I know a couple, and it is truely cool.

    Shalva, I have friends (my kid's godparents, actually) who raise Irish Wolfhounds. I like BIG dogs compared to 'ankle biters'.
     
  12. Shalva

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    I think that is what it is meant to do... deter.... I think because they are federally protected species they make the process very difficult so it is a bit of a deterrent to people who are fly by night and think oh it would be cool to have a raptor. Luckily I am in a position to be able to take the time to go through the process and eventually do this... but yeah it is a bit labor intensive.

    I adore this BIG dog.... they are so different from others... do you know their kennel name???
     
  13. Riverdale

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    I'll pm you their name ;)
     
  14. charliechapman911

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    I love working with my dads friend he's a pest controller and he had a kestrel to kill piguns ;)
     
  15. Energyvet

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    My son's name is Kestrel. Lol
     
  16. charliechapman911

    charliechapman911 New Member

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    Lovely name when I have kids and if I have a son I would call him kestrel :) pritty cool name
     
  17. powderhogg01

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    I would love I get into falconry. I once witnessed a man who had trained his pointer to wok with his hawk, they got rabbits and ptarmigan galore. I was hooked, but will not have the finances to even be considered for quite a while...if ever.