Redtail hawk chasing cottontail rabbit. Photo courtesy of Rob Palmer
Fal"con*ry\, n. [Cf. F. fauconnerie]
Falconry is the sport of hunting wild game in its natural state with a trained bird of prey (raptor).
Falcory in various forms has existed for thousands of years and has been practiced by many cultures around the world. It is believed to have started somewhere in Central Asia and has spread from there.
The care, training, and hunting with a raptor cannot be considered the same as keeping a pet or any other domestic animal. This sport is extremely demanding, time consuming, and could even be described as a lifestyle. It requires A great deal of knowledge, skill, and commitment in order to be successful.
You can learn more about falconry an it's terminology by reviewing the glossary page.
Additional information about the steps required for getting started in falconry are outlined on the becoming a falconer page.
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