So, you want to know more about Falconry? You came
to the right place!
Falconry is defined as hunting for game with a trained falcon.
Another definition is the art of training a falcon or hawk to hunt
for wild game. Falconry is a very demanding and tedious
sport. Below is more information on falconry and how to get
Want to get
There is some information everyone should know before getting
involved in falconry. First, falconry is a very time
consuming sport. There are three levels in
- Apprentice falconer: Requires you to work
with a master falconer for at least two years.
- General falconer: Requires experience with
raptors and hunting.
- Master falconer: Requires a minimum of
eight years of experience.
Training and working with the bird is very
demanding. As mentioned above, becoming an apprentice
falconer takes a minimum of two years, and to become a master
falconer it can take over eight years. Now, do not let
this scare you away, but taking care of a raptor is not like taking
care of a pet. However, it is very rewarding to see your bird
take down a rabbit or a duck!
An ethical sport
In falconry there is a very strong ethical core. Falconers
are very dedicated in training and protecting their raptors.
All raptors used in falconry, including hawks, eagles, falcons, and
owls, are integral parts of the ecosystem. It is important
for a person interested in falconry to understand that the sport
requires dedication. A person who is simply acting on an
impulse can demonstrate careless handling of a bird and can create
a negative effect on this bird and other birds, if it is ever
released. People like this can shed a negative light on the
sport to the public. For this reason, most falconers want to
see a high level of dedication from any new
When getting started in falconry, most people believe that the
bird is the largest expense, but it is only the
beginning. It is necessary to provide shelter, food,
perches, and a variety of other specific equipment to get started
in falconry. Not only do you have to purchase or build your
own equipment, but you have to acquire permits. The
permitting process involves studying, studying, and MORE studying
for the test. After you pass the test, the falconry permit fee
is 100 dollars. The permit can be purchased from the
MDWFP main office in Jackon. This permit must
be renewed every 5 years. After that, you can find
a master or general falconer that will sponsor you and then go
trap your bird. Trapping your first bird is a requirement in
falconry. Falconers have trapped their first birds for
hundreds of years.
Access to land
Another important part of falconry is having access to
land. You have to have a place to fly your bird and your bird
will need exercise as well as plenty of land to hunt on.
Locations have to be picked carefully because of the variety of
dangers to the bird. Power lines and roads can be
especially dangerous for your bird. Different birds require
different types of land. A falcon such as the Peregrine is a
long-winged bird that requires a wide open field setting where it
can fly high over the falconer's head and circle for prey.
Hawks such as the Red-tail are short-winged birds that require
smaller fields or farms.
(content from NAFA website)