That is the advantage of having two hawks.
Usually I feel having 2 hawks is having 1 too many, but usually through a season I'm glad I have another to fly due to some unforeseen accident or mishap.
I flew my male for 5 season straight caught everything that a male can catch in my area, so gave him a season off last year to get this older female going I bought in for breeding, the breeding didn't go to plan so I flew her last season, I don't feel I got her weight right, she nailed rabbits no problem every time but pheasants and hare she would pull off too soon, think I was at her top weight as she would switch off from me at times, this season ive treated her weight different, now she seems more determined to chase and follow it through more and the recall response is better, she was 6 years old when I got her with no history of her back ground other than she lays and rear...........fell for that one didn't I!! but not one for wasting what ive got, im trying to make a hare hawk out of her
My Imprint gos stands for me, lays 4 eggs every April and broods the eggs.
I don't know how well they would transfer that behaviour to a stranger.
You may have more luck with your gos after a season or 2 hunting with her.
I have found that the weight thing with imprints can be quite tricky.
I have seen a few guys fly their hawks far too fat in my opinion.
My own female will hunt rabbit and pheasant up to around 2lb 7, but her best performance is 2lb 5.
I once had her down to 2lb 4 - nothing was safe from her [including the dog...LOL]
The good thing with imprints to me is that the weight range is a lot broader,
but I have learned i just need to dial in the different behaviours and responses I got at at the various weights she flew at.
If her foot was OK and I wanted to catch a hare, she would be right down to 2lb 4.
Edited by david901, 31 October 2015 - 06:31 pm.