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  • have you ever trapped your own bird and tried falconry?

    A different kind of bird hunting

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    Without being fully up todate on this, I don't think it is even legal to do so. Maybe someone will correct me if I am mistaken.

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    • #3
      Much as I aspire to be Sam Gribley, no, I've never tried falconry. I am fascinated by it, though. I have a friend whose teenage daughter took it up all on her own -- passed her test, got the license, worked a part-time job to get all the stuff needed. She had a mentor, of course (I think that's required in some states when first starting out), but it was still pretty impressive. I never did find the time to join them on a hunt, which is something I regret.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
        Without being fully up todate on this, I don't think it is even legal to do so. Maybe someone will correct me if I am mistaken.
        You got me thinking and I checked out NY's DEC website. I found plenty on falconry, but not much specifically about how one goes about acquiring the bird. I did see one reg which stated that a bird cannot be taken from the wild "in an injurious" manner, but whether or not you need some kind of certification to do the capturing isn't really mentioned. I'll dig some more when I have time later on, or maybe another reader who knows will chime in sometime today. I figured it must be illegal, too, at least in most states. I was also thinking that a lot of birds of prey come under federal regulations ...?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
          Without being fully up todate on this, I don't think it is even legal to do so. Maybe someone will correct me if I am mistaken.
          It's been a while since I looked into this even out of curiosity, but if I recall correctly capturing young in the nest for the use in hunting is permitted and the only permissible way to obtain one. You cannot purchase one.
          There were conditions.. I don't recall what they were.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
            Without being fully up todate on this, I don't think it is even legal to do so. Maybe someone will correct me if I am mistaken.
            Thanks guys. With all the other restrictions on wildlife, I must say I am very surprised as to some of this information. It sounds like a very interesting activity. Maybe it deserves looking into !

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
              Without being fully up todate on this, I don't think it is even legal to do so. Maybe someone will correct me if I am mistaken.
              Love to see an article on it here or in FS. I don't believe I've ever seen it mentioned in OL or FS.

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              • #8
                Yes it was legal,there was a falconry club ,we had a redtail hawk that we trapped,a friend knew how and built the trap,othets had actual falcons,I learned a lot about birds of prey,double lens eyes,,ability to maintain their head focusing on a target even though the body swayed with the movement of the perch.High powered eyes that supposedly could see a rabbit blink hundreds of yards away.This bird refused to submit to training and he was turned loose ,one night in the wild even the most trained birds often revert to their wild instincts and won't return.If the opportunity. ever arises take advantage of it to watch,it's mesmerizing.

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                • #9
                  Capture of a grown bird is idyllic, some just never submit to control and must be released or they perish.Trapping was easy and the bird never came close to being harmed. How the trap is made I'll keep ,its probably on internet some place , it's a very time consuming hobby or sport however you want to look at it,the reward of accomplishment is thrilling.
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