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#5482508 - 12/16/14 10:03 PM Duck hawking videos
UTAhunter Offline
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Registered: 09/27/05
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Some of y'all have asked to see videos of duck hawking. Here are two that I finally got around to uploading.

In the first video, my friend's peregrine stoops at a flock of mallards and barely hits one. If you listen closely you can hear the falcon impact the duck. Mallards are very cagey, so the duck sideslipped and gave the falcon only a glancing blow. Mallards are tied with pintails for the most difficult ducks to take in falconry.

In the second video, there are mostly teal and a few gadwalls. My gyrfalcon/peregrine hybrid stoops them repeatedly. As you can see, the teal keep dumping into the grass at the instant before they get hit. They also do their best to absolutely stay on the water. Eventually he hits one away from the pond and lands on it to finish it off. The younger dog in the second video is still learning good falconry manners so he starts to crowd the bird on the ground a little bit. Thankfully the falcon is tolerant.

The numbers of ducks we bag don't fill up the tailgate or side of the boat, but when our little side of the hunting world goes right, few things match the spectacle.

https://vimeo.com/114731894

https://vimeo.com/114732428

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#5482545 - 12/16/14 10:19 PM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
Guy Online   content
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Do you need a dog when hunting with a falcon? Poor dog wants to fetch a duck.

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#5482555 - 12/16/14 10:24 PM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
UTAhunter Offline
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We don't need a dog. When I hunt by myself I don't have a dog. There are advantages and disadvantages to hunting with them. The main advantage is that they help get ducks off the water, which as you can see can be tough with a falcon in the air. The main disadvantage is that once you release the dogs, all the control of when the ducks flush goes out the window. With just people, you have some control over when the birds flush. Overall, a well trained dog helps more often than not. One of the dogs in the videos is an incredible falconry and just general upland bird/waterfowl dog. The other is only two and just starting to really learn the game.

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#5482573 - 12/16/14 10:34 PM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
Guy Online   content
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You need ducks off the water? I would think falcon could snag a duck on the water.

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#5482578 - 12/16/14 10:35 PM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: Guy]
Guy Online   content
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I'm watching on iPhone, I could not see the falcon hit the duck, but would like to see some more this action, pretty cool. up

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#5482748 - 12/17/14 06:01 AM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
UTAhunter Offline
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They can't pick them up off the water. Even teal are too heavy. If they were to try, the duck would just dive as they get close.

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#5482833 - 12/17/14 07:20 AM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
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I have had a hawk swoop down and hit one of my decoys, I guess it's claws did not sink into the plastic decoy, heck it might have been an eagle, it was in west Texas.

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#5482850 - 12/17/14 07:31 AM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
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If a falcon in a full dive hits water it won't be good.

Nice videos UT!!! If you're ever in west Texas give me a shout. Got a flooded field loaded with ducks and no trees or obstructions near by.

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#5482917 - 12/17/14 08:05 AM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
UTAhunter Offline
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Guy, redtails and owls will hit decoys. They could pick a small duck off the water far enough to get it to land. They will try this on wild ducks but quit pretty quickly as they realize the ducks keep diving. I think they rationalize that the decoys look "unaware" so they try it.

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#5482934 - 12/17/14 08:12 AM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
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Yeah, I bet it was a redtail.

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#5483163 - 12/17/14 09:36 AM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
DuckCoach1985 Offline
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Hands down the coolest thing ever. How did you even get into this?
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#5483466 - 12/17/14 11:23 AM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
dfwguy Offline
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Did it get a mallard in the first video?

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#5483577 - 12/17/14 12:01 PM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
UTAhunter Offline
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DuckCoach, nearly anyone can be a falconer. You need a lot of time, patience, and some money. If you're interested, PM me. You can also check out the Texas Hawking Association website.

Dfwguy, no the mallard shrugged off the hit and kept flying.

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#5483695 - 12/17/14 01:04 PM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
fishingWOT Offline
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Registered: 02/13/10
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Man that is cool! How much time and money exactly does this take? I'm assuming you need some kind of permit or such to own/use a bird like that?

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#5483717 - 12/17/14 01:13 PM Re: Duck hawking videos [Re: UTAhunter]
Jordan A Offline
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Registered: 10/27/11
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Loc: Dallas and San Augustine
Yeah it takes a lot of commitment so I have heard. Since technically the hawk belongs to the state so it is all regulated. Definitely not a pet.

So cool
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