So, you want to get into falconry. Maybe you saw something about it online, witnessed a falconer in action, or just stumbled upon the fact that the sport even exists. However you got here, you’ve now discovered the one-of-a-kind magic of this ancient practice—and you want in!
Getting into falconry isn’t like picking up a basketball and learning how to dribble. It requires a lot of time, energy, and passion to be a successful falconer. There are a few things you’ll need to know before you get started.
1) You need to make time for falconry every day.
Falconry is a lifestyle, not a hobby. When you decide to become a falconer, you’re committing to that lifestyle. You need to be prepared to educate yourself on how to care for your bird, give them the attention they need, and train and practice with them every day.
2) Falconry requires a two-year apprenticeship.
As we mentioned earlier, learning the ins and outs of falconry is not like training for a typical sport. Before you even apply for your permit, you’ll need to find a practicing falconer—either someone you know or through a falconry organization—to sponsor you for a two-year apprenticeship.
Your sponsor will be vital in helping you know what to study and how to prepare for your permit test. Once you’re licensed, you must devote yourself to working with them to learn falconry techniques and ethics, basic veterinary care, how to train and nurture your raptor, and to gain hands-on experience.
3) Do your research and get your equipment before your bird arrives.
Before you purchase or capture your bird, it is imperative that you have everything you need to provide it with a happy and healthy life. Ensure you have proper housing, land access, and the knowledge to care for a raptor. Secure a quality mew, food supply, and all the training equipment you’ll need.
A bird of prey is a unique creature. When you become responsible for one of your own, you can’t just wing it—no pun intended.
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