Tattoos

My wife and I have been thinking about getting tattoos a lot in the last 2 years and the fever has struck us once again. This time I think we may actually go through with it. I really like these images:
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I actually want this image but a redtail instead of a harris hawk.

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Then of course there's this image which rules:


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Wingsuit

I don't think there could be a more extreme sport:

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Trapping

So a buddy of mine from phoenix is flying up today to try and trap a Prairie Falcon this weekend. I'll keep everyone updated!

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Map Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

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Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

My wife and I took a drive down south to the SRBPNCA this last Sunday. It was awesome, I had no idea how huge the snake river is. On the drive we saw a light morph Harlen's Red Tail Hawk, a Rough Leg Hawk (Passage?), and a Prairie Falcon. I will remember to bring the camera next time I swear.

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Indoor Birds

It occurred to me the other day that I manage bird slices differently indoors than most people. Most people use newspaper or a tarp and while this works it necessitates a lot of work for clean up. I on the other hand use sheets of canvas that you can buy at Lowe's or Home Depot as painters drop cloths. One sheet will work great if you change them out daily, and clean up is easy, you just drop them in the washing machine and the poop washes right out, they also last forever and can double as a seat protector in your car if you have big dogs.

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Note To Self

This is a list of things not to forget when training.


  • Have an achievable goal for the session.

  • Decide on criteria that will help you realize that you need to end the session. If you work past the birds ability or desire then you will just end up training bad behavior.

  • Be consistent.

    • How long are you waiting for the bird to come to you after you call it before dropping the glove?

    • How long are you waiting between calls?

    • Are you hooding the bird for a set amount of time before and after each session?

    • Are you handling the tidbits carfully and consistantly?



  • In the beginning each session should be 100% positive. The bird should never be on the glove un-hooded if there isn't food present on the glove. If you want to man the bird tether it to a screen perch un-hooded where it can observe everyone in the room. As the bird becomes more calm you can start to man it on the glove, I usually start glove manning when the bird is ready for free flight. I also use the screen perch for a long time getting the bird manned, this works better than a bow perch due to it's height and safety(never leave a bird unattended on a screen perch). Later after the bird is calm you can work toward using the bow perch.

  • When you are first working to get the bird to hop to the fist, don't wait all day. A couple of quick opportunities to hop to the glove is all it takes. If the bird doesn't hop the bird doesn't eat. The longer you wait for the bird the worse the response will be in the field unless training is done to reverse these early bad habits.

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Arco Falconry Meet

The meet was awesome. I'll get pictures up ASAP. Arco is really beautiful country and I really enjoyed watching all the falcons fly. I was very fortunate in the raffle winning both a stanislavs hood and a merlin transmitter, it was awesome!




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Passage RT

Well 2 times in as many days I've seen a Passage RT in the vicinity of cloverdale and overland. Anyone still looking for a hawk for the season? It's a really good looking bird slightly dark in coloring and I'm pretty sure it's a passage but I've not got a good look at it's tail.

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Photo Submission

Each year AP falconry forum puts together a calendar here is my submission:

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Fun Weekend

I went out hawking with a local falconer and her Harris Hawk. It was a really beautiful day and the wind was only around 6mph. Seven(Harris Hawk) having hunted this field often took a nice perch on top of a sage bush at the top of a small hill, and we worked the field toward him. We only hunted for about an hour and saw 6-8 Jackrabbit slips, and sadly Seven wasn't feeling up to riding a Jack on Saturday. The wind picked up and as a result we called it a day.

Later we all ventured over to Jesse Woody's place for a BBQ and some Hawk Talk. Jesse has some wonderful stories and I can't thank him enough for having my wife and I over it was a real treat. Jesse's Finish Gos is also in perfect feather and absolutely stunning, I'll try to remember the camera next time.

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Stor Mor Mews

So I after Seeing Jesse Woody's mews I am thinking I am going to go with a Stor-Mor shed for the base of my mews. Stor-Mor will relocate the mews when I move and that is my primary motivation for using that as the base.

Here is my first draft of the completed mews layout and dimensions, please leave your comments and let me know what you like or don't like about this layout:

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Portable Mews

Here are the designs for a portable mews that were sent to me by John Wagner, and I believe he got it out of an old Hawk Chalk.







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Excellent British Falconry Clip

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Trapping

Yea! Going out trapping with a couple of local falconers this weekend. I've been trapping plenty in AZ but now matter how many times you do it it's always fun!

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The Falconery Archives Astound Me

So I've been up to the archives twice since I've been up here in Boise and on both occasions Dave and Kent have been extremely accommodating, letting me have the run of old journals, magazines and anything else they have up there including excellent falconry stories from both of these talented falconers.

If you live near Boise you need to set aside at least 6 hours to visit the archives, read some of the material, and get the tour so that you can really appreciate this astounding and a truly excellent resource. If anyone needs help getting access drop me a line and I'll try to set it up!

Don't miss your opportunity to take advantage of a resource that is easily available to use Idaho Falconers!

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Visit to the Archives

On Sunday evening I'll be meeting up with a couple local falconers over at the Archives of Falconry. I am really looking forward to it, they've got a lot of reading material that I'd like to go through.

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