What is Falconry?
Falconry is the art and practice of hunting for wild quarry with a trained hawk or falcon.
Falconry was known as the sport of kings and dates back almost four
thousand years and it is the oldest field sport known to mankind.
What it takes to become a falconer.
Time, Dedication & Patience needed.
Falconry takes a lot of dedication, patience and time
spent with your bird almost everyday. You may need to spend a minimum of
20 minutes a day or sometimes hours working with your bird. Your bird
will need to be looked after daily and feed quality food and given fresh
water. Weighing your bird daily is a must to make sure your bird stays
healthy and is ready for hunting.
Costs to become a falconer.Listed below are some of the costs you will have if you decide to become a falconer.
Hawk food for daily feeding can run from $1.00 a day to $3.00 a day, less if you raise your own food.
Your mews (or hawk house) will be your most expensive item, cost can
run from $250.00 to $1500.00! If you can do some of your own building
and use used lumber you can keep this cost way down.
You will need to get your basic falconry equipment items to pass your
state inspection. These cost range from $100.00 to $500.00 depending on
if you can make some of your own equipment yourself.
Permit fees, such as trapping permit, your state &
Federal falconry permit fees are different in all states. You will need
to contact your local wildlife departments for these costs.
The legal aspects of falconry.
Falconry is highly regulated and there are state and
federal falconry regulations. A state and federal falconry permit is
also required to practice falconry. You will also be required to pass a
falconry test and there are also age requirements for becoming a
falconer. Learning about falconry will take many hours of studying and
you will need to find a falconer is your area that is willing to be your
sponsor for the next two years of your apprentice training.
Types of Falconry permits.
There are three classes of falconry permits and we
have listed these below so you can see what is required of each type of
falconry permit. We will only list the basic information about each type
of permit here, and if you want to look further you can follow one of
our links to find more information.
Apprentice falconer:To become a new falconer this is
the level you will start at. In most states you must be at least 14
years old to become a falconer. You will be required to have a sponsor
to help train you for the two year apprentice program. You must also
pass a state falconry exam which usually consists of a 100 question
test. In most states the apprentice falconry will be allowed to train
only a passage Redtailed Hawk or an American Kestrel. Some states may
allow other raptors and you will need to check with your game
departments to see your own states regulations on this. A novice
falconer can have only one bird for training at any one time.
General Falconer: After you have two
years of training as an apprentice falconer you can become a general
falconer. Some states require that you must be at least 18 years old
before moving to this level. You will be allowed to have two raptors at
any one time and you will also be allowed as a general to use other
types of raptors besides the Redtailed Hawk and the American Kestrel.
Master Falconer: To become a master falconer usually
take a minimum of five years and in some states even longer. The master
falconer permit level is the highest you can obtain. You can have a
maximum of three birds for falconry training at any one time. You will
also be allowed to pick from a wider range of birds and the types that
you can have will be different from state to state.
Are you ready to become a Falconer now?
If you want more information and think that falconry is for you, we
have made a list below of things that will help you on your way to
becoming a falconer.
Links or phone # to State Game Departments and falconry related Websites.
A listing of all state Game Departments= http://gf.state.wy.us/agencies/index.asp
The Oregon Falconers Association= http://oregonfalconers.org/
Oregon Falconry exam, call 503-229-5403.
Info on Oregon falconry; Contact The Dept of Fish & Wildlife, at P O Box 59 Portland, OR 97207 or call 503-229-5403.
Books suggestions for new novice falconers.
A FALCONRY MANUAL: By Frank Beebe.
American Kestrels in Modern Falconry: A superb book for learning how to train a Kestrel. By Mathew Mullenix.
Apprentice Study Guide: Illustrated by Bradley Holderman and Johnny Meitz.
Apprentice manual: Explains the basic aspects of falconry.
Falconry Equipment: by Brian Kimsey.
Falconry & Hawking by Phillip Glasier: a complete training book for hawks and falcons.
Hawking and falconry for beginners, by drian Hallgarth, excellent book to start learning about falconry.
Hawks of North America:(Peterson Field guide: Excellent book for learning hawk and falcon identifications.
North American Falconry and Hunting Hawks:
By Frank Beebe & Harold M. Webster . This book is being re-printed
and we still do not have an exact date of its new release. To add your
name to our waiting list for this book please e-mail us at
The compleat Falconer, by Frank Beebe, a superb book for all falconers and Apprentices.
The Red-Tail Hawk: A complete guide to training the Redtailed hawk. By Liam J. McGranaghan.
The Red tail hawk, the Great Unknown, by Beatriz Garcia, great new book for training the Red tail hawk.
Trapping Essentials by Ben Woodruff: A great illustrated book showing trapping methods for raptors in detail.
The falconer’s Apprentice: A guide to training the Passage Red-Tailed Hawk. By William C. Oake.
HELPFUL DVD;S FOR NEW TO FALCONRY.
Basic Training, by Nick Fox.
Health Care of your raptor; By Nick Fox.
Nutrition: By Nick Fox.
The Lure of Falconry: By Jemima / Jones. Shows and tells you what the Art of falconry is all about.
World of Raptors: By Morley Nelson. Great DVD showing many types of raptors in the wild.
All of these books listed above and more including videos can be seen at our website listed below.
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We hope that the information listed above will help you in your
pursuit of becoming a falconer. If you find you need more information we
are always here and willing to help. We look forward to hearing from
you and helping you with any of your falconry needs.
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