2018-19 Hawking Season



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2018-19 Hawking Season

Postby Greg » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:00 am

Sealed the deal on the little guy yesterday out in the country on the way back from a job. We’ve had to take the past two seasons off due to moving and life, but after a summer’s worth of construction to have the necessary housing facilities again and a small mountain of paperwork, we’re back at it!

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Re: 2018-19 Hawking Season

Postby Straelbora » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:00 am

How does this even work? You see a hawk (and determine from its size or feathers that it is a juvenile?) and do a magic dance to make it come to you so that you can put a bag on its head and bind it? You drive aroun in a van that has 'free rabbit entrails' on the side?
Vápnum sínum skala maðr velli á
feti ganga framar því at óvist er at vita
nær verðr á vegum úti geirs um þörf guma
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Re: 2018-19 Hawking Season

Postby Peter Remling » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:10 am

Straelbora wrote:How does this even work? You see a hawk (and determine from its size or feathers that it is a juvenile?) and do a magic dance to make it come to you so that you can put a bag on its head and bind it? You drive aroun in a van that has 'free rabbit entrails' on the side?


I remembered, Greg answered a lot of questions regarding hawking we all had in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=374&p=7864&hilit=hawk+trap#p7864

Hope it helps !
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Re: 2018-19 Hawking Season

Postby Straelbora » Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:05 pm

Peter Remling wrote:
Straelbora wrote:How does this even work? You see a hawk (and determine from its size or feathers that it is a juvenile?) and do a magic dance to make it come to you so that you can put a bag on its head and bind it? You drive aroun in a van that has 'free rabbit entrails' on the side?


I remembered, Greg answered a lot of questions regarding hawking we all had in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=374&p=7864&hilit=hawk+trap#p7864

Hope it helps !


Thanks.
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Re: 2018-19 Hawking Season

Postby Greg » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:39 pm

Straelbora wrote:How does this even work? You see a hawk (and determine from its size or feathers that it is a juvenile?) and do a magic dance to make it come to you so that you can put a bag on its head and bind it? You drive aroun in a van that has 'free rabbit entrails' on the side?

You know...you aren’t TOO far off the mark!

Thanks Pete.

We’re marching along pretty well. He finally took a bit of food yesterday and again this morming. I’m going to sit with him awhile this afternoon/evening and see if we can’t get him to hop for it. Once that happens, it’s game on. On the very positive side, he’s the most accepting of the hood of all the birds I’ve ever had. Most basically never used it. This is a major bonus.

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Re: 2018-19 Hawking Season

Postby TaylorSteiner » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:21 pm

Amazing stuff!
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Re: 2018-19 Hawking Season

Postby Greg » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:40 pm

One week down, and we’re starting to respond favorably to food.

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Re: 2018-19 Hawking Season

Postby Peter Remling » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:31 pm

Pretty little guy, congrats !
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Re: 2018-19 Hawking Season

Postby Elleth » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:15 pm

Hi Patch!

So... you trap a raptor to hunt with, and (presumably) release them back into the wild at some point?
Do they get familiar / comfortable with people eventually? Or are they always wild in a way dogs and such aren't?

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Re: 2018-19 Hawking Season

Postby Greg » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:13 pm

Tameness is always encouraged, but they aren’t domesticate-able...they don’t have enough parts of the brain to get past instinct. They get docile with time and handling, but like captive zoo animals, something can always go wrong. My first bird gave me scars on my right hand I still have today. Within ten days of release, even a 20-year Falconry bird reverts with ease to the wild.
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