Have to find a mentor and mentor under them for 2 years. Also have to pass a test on general knowledge of falconry.
Then if you pass you have to build a mew(housing) for the birds and have the gamewarden come out and inspect it.
During your apprenticeship you have to have a wild caught bird for 2 years before you can upgrade to general class.
Yes it takes up a lot of time at first but gets better once the bird is trained. Depending on what you want to hunt you may have to keep a bird year round. I like to fly Harris hawks on rabbits. I trap one sometime between Sept-Nov, train it and hunt with in until it gets hot again. I then turn them loose and start all over the next Sept.
You really need to get out with a falconer before making up your mind on whether you want to do it or not.
Really good stuff. Just a few more questions:
What is your classification?
How long have you been doing it?
Is there a list of falconers?
Can you use redtail hawks?