im been trying to become a falconer for 3 years i passed the falconry test and i have falconry equipment aswell i also have a hunting license my only set back has been no sponsor.if theres any falconers around Los angeles county orange county or corona area i would love to come watch help and learn anything i can !
Only General and Master falconers are able to sponser. Go onto some of there forums and browse. My daughter and I will become General falconers in October. PM me and I will try and answer any questions you may Have. Do you have a Mew built? What do you want to start with a Kestrel or Red-Tail?
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This is for real?? holly shit i cannot believe the stuff im learning about on this website! With all the BS regulations that California has i cant believe that they allow hunting with a falcon. thats crazy. who started this sport in CA anyway?
this sport has be going over for many centurys i doubt anyone could tell you who started it in california...
When i was 18 me and my friend each had a Red Tail i could not pass the test so i had to give it up. I had three years with that hawk i never got to hunt with her though, there should be vids on the net to watch. Hay type in hunting with hawks. there are quite a few.
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There are plenty of vids on youtube. My favorite is in Mongolia hunting wolves with golden eagles.
i passed the falconry test! in california it was easy i have hawk perches books equipment and yet im not a falconer the hard part is finding someone who will sponsor you! most falconers are very picky about who they apprentice ..and some just dont have the time to teach a apprentice...i tried for your CHC does not help with anything...it was a waste of money to join them! i love hawks and falcons and watching them hunt is amazing...but the state of california falconers are not helpful unless your around in the circle.....just my opinion of over the years i spent trying to find a sponsor!
super tight! lol
so if you pass the test can you then purchase the bird or do you have to do the 2 year apprenticeship before you get your bird. Is there no way of going through dfg? That sounds unfair that you have to get someone to teach you what if no one will? DFG should have ways of getting your apprenticeship done. I know lifes not fair but it sounds wrong that your only option is find someone to teach you. Falconers i would think would just say no they are already licensed it doesnt make a difference to them.
As far as buying a bird no, you got to go out and catch a wild passage Hawk good luck with that even after you catch him just to break him in you must keep him awake all night, no sleep for the bird that should piss him off, you fall asleep and the next thing you know he has his talons berried in your face LOL . There has got to be someone that will take you under his wing, how the hell do they expect the sport to survive and thrive, wish i knew someone Birdhunter, good luck.
Yes. I had a friend as a kid whose dad was a falconer. When you capture a new bird you are married to that bird. No visits with friends, neighbors, wife, no body. You and the bird. Oh and those beaks and talons are for tearing meat, got it? If you whack at the bird you are done.
There is a reason why not many falconers are around. Not many have the time and true interest. It is one thing to fantasize about a bird sitting the fist; quite another to actually get there.
Birdhunter23... Your post was pretty old so I'm not sure if you're still looking for a sponsor, but I recently started volunteering on Saturday mornings a couple of times each month at the Orange County Birds of Prey Center (www.ocbpc.info). They help with rescuing and rehabilitating raptors... Anyhow, you might be able to find a sponsor there since I believe there are 1 or 2 Master Falconers associated with it... not just them, there is also a group of really wonderful people that spend time cleaning up after these messy eaters. it's worth looking into and you can find the volunteer/contact information on their website.