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#6403852 - 08/11/16 02:34 PM Falconry
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Do we have any THF'ers that do falconry?
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#6404737 - 08/12/16 08:07 AM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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There are a few members that do falconry. There have been some videos of their duck hunts posted in the past.
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#6404753 - 08/12/16 08:14 AM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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UTAhunter is one member that has posted some falconry hunting videos
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#6405198 - 08/12/16 11:30 AM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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Yep, I am a falconer
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#6405249 - 08/12/16 11:54 AM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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What all does it take to get started in falconry? I would image that it takes a lot of time with your bird.

I heard that you also have to catch your own bird. Is there any truth to that?
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#6405417 - 08/12/16 01:37 PM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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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.
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#6405500 - 08/12/16 02:20 PM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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The state association. http://www.texashawking.info/
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#6405512 - 08/12/16 02:32 PM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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I'd just like to go out with one sometime to watch them hunt.....be amazing to see in person...

We had a pair of Harris hawks raise a pair of young near the house this year. We have a deer feeder and 7 bird feeders in the back yard.....lots of squirrels and birds for the young hawks to hunt (along with mam and dad). Actually saw them catch a couple of squirrels on the ground and a ring-necked dove out of the air.....very kool!
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#6405603 - 08/12/16 03:11 PM Re: Falconry [Re: yanta61]
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Originally Posted By: yanta61
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?
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#6405665 - 08/12/16 03:43 PM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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General class just because i haven't upgraded to masters yet, But will once my current permit expires.

I started in 2007

Texas hawking association has a list of all members and all other info needed.

Yes, Redtails are one of the better birds for apprentices. I've flown 2 of them.
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#6406198 - 08/12/16 10:53 PM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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My daughter (14) and I are both Falconers in the Tyler area. Always willing to take someone out with us when we are hunting, usually between Nov and March.

I'm entering my second year as an apprentice, last year took up so much of my time I didn't really get to deer hunt. But, it's very cool!











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#6406317 - 08/13/16 06:48 AM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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That's cool!
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#6406495 - 08/13/16 10:30 AM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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I agree that is very cool. I would love to join you and see how it is done.
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#6406498 - 08/13/16 10:32 AM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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Forgive me for my lack of knowledge but what kind of birds are you holding there?
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#6406678 - 08/13/16 01:37 PM Re: Falconry [Re: Chunky Monkey]
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Registered: 05/12/16
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
I can't imagine the amount of time and dedication that would take. It's impressive to say the least. From the outside looking in, it's like a secret society shrouded in mystery. It would be awesome to see a hunt in person. Beautiful birds Sader

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