Not a falconer but I've know of two. Very cool to watch them work.
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.Not a falconer but I've know of two. Very cool to watch them work.
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....How did you get started in falconry? I've always been interested but have been told the process is long and difficult.
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...???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?
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.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 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 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'.
I'll pm you their nameI adore this BIG dog.... they are so different from others... do you know their kennel name???