2 Tips For Breaking Into Falconry

Posted on: 19 January 2018

Falconry is an ancient practice. People have been flying falcons and other raptors for fun and to hunt with for hundreds and hundreds of years. There are people in places like Mongolia who still use eagles to hunt and bring back meat for their families. If you have always wanted to break into falconry and are buying your first bird, there are some tips that can make getting into this sport easier for you. 

Make Sure You Have Time and Space

Having a raptor is going to take a lot more time than having a dog or cat. You need to spend a lot of time with them to make sure that they are used to you and will come to you when they are out hunting. That means that you are going to need to spend time with them training them and caring for them. You also need to make sure that you have a dedicated space for your bird to go. How much space you need depends on what kind of bird you get, what your state requires, and if you want to eventually expand and get more birds. Generally, you want to have a separate outdoor space that will let you control the climate, how much light gets in, and how much noise gets in. A warm, dim, quiet enclosure is generally a good idea for any bird. 

Find a Mentor

If you are really serious about falconry, you need to make sure that you are doing it right. You need to make sure that you find a mentor. You want someone who has been doing it for a long time and who has trained a lot of birds. That way you can have someone who is really comfortable with birds showing you what to do and how to limit your mistakes. You don't want to do something that may damage your new bird, so a mentor is going to help. There are falconry groups all over the country, so you should have no problem finding someone who can help. You can also check with a local raptor rescue area, to see if they have a list of rehabilitators or falconers who can help you with choosing and training your bird. 

If you want to get into falconry, make sure that you are doing it the right way. You owe it to the bird who is going to be dependent on you. Talk to a pro if you want to buy gyrfalcons.