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  1. What does your friend suggest you get? With that amount of experience he should be able to point you in the right direction. What quarry do you take with your HH? Are there many rabbits over there?
  2. There's a lot to be said for the Harris Hawk mate. I know in the USA there are quite a few hawkers who use male Harris for their species of quail. What subspecies of Goshawk will you go for? Can you get passage hawks?
  3. Is your GSP already trained or is it a pup? If its a pup you will find it quite difficult to train both at the same time. I would quite like a go at Quail. I have seen a few videos of Gos chasing them down, unfortunately we don't have Quail here. But we do have pheasant, partridge and duck. I work mine under a Brittany.
  4. I've flown both PR and imprint Gos. Both make excellent hawks if you've got the land and game to fly them at. If flying at gamebirds, you will also need a decent dog. Good luck.
  5. Weight management is weight management mate. You feed more then they gain weight, feed less and they lose weight depending on type of food, weather conditions, amount of exercise they are doing etc, etc. There is more to flying a hawk than just weight management. Are you going to get a PR or imprint? Do you have someone you can chat to that has experience of Goshawks as that may help.
  6. There was a post on FB a few days ago saying that they were working to try and get it back up, but as you say its still account suspended. Its a shame if it doesn't come back as there was some good threads in the Archives as well as the usual rubbish.
  7. My lad as the adult terriers,all heavily Beddy infused,out at least 3 times a week,they literally push hundreds of fox out of cover a season,they bolt more than their share and are dug to a damn site more than many a digging terrier.These terriers are bred for bushing and fox work and need to be of a size that matches their graft,mine breed true to type,There is a lineage behind mine that can be traced back over many,many generations of terriers that graft below to a standard that most would be happy to adhere to.The least worked mutt out of his 3 had a decent season,the other 2 the majority o
  8. Corvids are quite hard to catch unless you are car hawking which to me is not that sporting. Also it depends on what corvids you are hunting, magpie, jackdaw, rook or crow? If you have open country then I think a good peregrine or peregrine hybrid takes some beating at rook and crows. A goshawk will also take them well, but you need to be able to stalk in to them within a decent range. For rabbits, I would say a Harris, Redtail or Goshawk will all take them well.
  9. That's a good age mate. Not many birds flown make it to that age.
  10. Remember that the Brittany is a French breed and I believe they are still very popular over there as gundogs. Its each to their own, and what suits one person may not suit another. I too have three of them and I agree that they're not for everyone, but mine suit me for what do. Cheers
  11. The ideal situation would be for you to go out on lots of hunting trips with both male and female HHs so you can see the difference and choose which you prefer and which would suit your land and quarry that you have available. You should try and contact some local falconers and see if you can tag along for a season before choosing. Ask your mentor if he could introduce you to some local guys or else look at The Yorkshire Hawking Club. A lot of guys would be willing to help out a beginner. Good luck.
  12. Hello Victor Thank you for sharing this. I was unaware that there was terrier work in Russia and you hunt fox and badger to ground.
  13. I always exercise my dogs every day when out of season by walking them. A bit of ratting is also good for terriers and helps them from getting bored.
  14. If my dogs are working very hard daily, I sometimes add some Lard to their meals. I microwave it a bit to soften it and mix it in. Seems to help keep weight on them.
  15. I would like to fly a Spar one day, but I am having lots of fun with the Goshawk. I flew a German tiercel for 8 years who flew at 1lb 5 and he took quite a few LBJs in his career as well as crows, duck etc. A Spar would be great fun to fly especially a musket but they seem very fragile and reckless and I doubt if many last more than a few seasons.
  16. Why not have a look at a local Falconry Club. You could go out and see it done also it may get you a few contacts that could help you later on. I know there is a Yorkshire Hawking Club and I'm sure there will be one in your area. I would read as many books as I could on Falconry mate. Try Emma Fords book and also Philip Glasiers to begin with. It will make it easier for both you and the hawk if you can get someone local to you that is experienced and could help you.
  17. I would get some telemetry as well mate. There are too many Harris' lost because they don't use it. There are usually a few second hand sets going mate. I think there is a few sites on Facebook where they sell them. Get a set and practise tracking with it before getting the hawk.
  18. Good stuff mate. I considered breeding from my old female imprint gos. She laid and brooded 4 eggs every year but I never inseminated her unfortunately. Its a real shame as I lost her to a fence strike last year. She may not have been big nor white, but in my eyes she was as good as any. I wish I had a female out of her now. I hope you have a good breeding season mate.
  19. Look at the Rathcormac Shooting club. They have a few working Brittanies. They may be able to point you [no pun intended] in the right direction.
  20. Hi mate What birds do you breed out of curiosity Cheers
  21. I had a full KC Reg Border dog about 20 years ago that was a handy earth dog. If the fox didn't bolt immediately, then you were digging..LOL A friend also had one that was pretty much the same. They were tough little dogs.
  22. I've got three of them that I use with both the hawk and also the gun. The first Brittany I bought and still have, is from the Hawkwise Kennel which is from Steve Wright. He is the UK Club president. I also have a young bitch out of the old dog and also a bitch I bought in from another kennel. Try looking up the UK club on the internet or Facebook. there are a few litters advertised, but I would be very careful where I bought one from. Some say their dogs work, but are mainly used for showing - not that the dogs don't work, but its just some are very pig headed and are not
  23. Good for you mate for looking for a mentor first and not just buying a hawk..... If you are on Facebook there are a few Falconry groups on it where someone may be able to help. As I've said on a few posts previously, you could always join a Falconry club. That way you can go on field meets and speak to different folk and see if its for you. I would just say be careful who you get to mentor you. Make sure they are experienced and know what they are doing..LOL Good luck.
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