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  1. One thing I will say and that is don't give him slip after slip without getting a kill. Young hawks soon get demoralised. Three or four slips at the most and then fling out a carcase for him. I usually put it on a long line and throw it way up high for the bird as he comes towards me. Then give him a decent feed from it.
  2. A HH will struggle to catch crow in fair flight, but they can catch them if you get a close enough slip. Some HH can be quite good at them. When getting a hawk entered on them, I get the bird used to catching a crow carcase. I let the bird feed from it so it knows they are good to eat. Then I put a carcase on a line and get the bird to catch it in mid air, making it harder and harder to catch as the training progresses. After a week of this I usually go to a farm where they feed around the sheds. It makes it easier to sneak up close enough to give the hawk a decent chance. Some p
  3. You could consider joining the Scottish Hawking Club. There are a few members over there and some might help you out. As for books, I would read Falconry and Hawking by Philip Glaser and also Emma Ford's Falconry Art and Practise. You can sometimes get these books at the local Library. But nothing beats getting help from a "decent, experienced" falconer mate.
  4. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews regarding the Hatsan. But I've also heard that you can get problems with any make of gun. The Hatsan seem to have more issues though. An elderly gentleman I know is selling his as he is giving up shooting. Its fired less than a box of cartridge through it.
  5. After a season or 2 with an old baikal sbs, I quite fancy trying a semi auto. A guy at the shoot had one of these with him an allowed me to put a couple of shots through it. It felt very comfortable. I have a chance of a fairly newish Hatsan Escort but I have never tried it. Is there much difference in size, handling etc between them? Cheers
  6. I always take my Brittany out with me when ferreting, hawking, or shooting. My old dog who is 9 now marks holes, marks where the ferret is if it has killed and if its not too deep. If the dog is well trained I don't see it being a problem.
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    Nick Fox Dvd

    Search for him on Google mate. I think he is under International Wildlife Consultants UK He has a website where you can buy his books, dvds etc
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    As Accip74 stated, you should have a go at making your own equipment. By making your own equipment means it should fit better as it is made to measure so to speak. I had one female Gos that resented being held by short jesses so I just made hers longer. The small male I flew I always had short flying jesses on. Its the same with anklets. You can try different thicknesses and diameters depending on the hawk. The hard part is getting good leather..LOL
  9. Hi Woody Try contacting your nearest BOP centre. They should have plenty around. Or you could put his weight up and moult him out now and get him ready for the coming hunting season. Good luck
  10. Quail seem to be an ideal training aid. Good birds that will lie to a point make good dogs. I have to pay and I release pheasant and partridge as there are no wild stock left around here but I'm lucky to have a good amount of wild woodcock and snipe to hunt in the winter.
  11. You could try Roy Bebbington. I think he has the Gonegos prefix. He is on FB.
  12. I have never seen a Brittany that worked that close. Mine range out to 150 to 4 or 500 yards. Some will range even wider ....Like into the next county...LOL
  13. Do you have many quail in your country Alectoris?
  14. Thanks Alectoris for sharing the pics. Its nice to see a working Gordon Setter.
  15. My young bitch pointing Snipe
  16. My 3 pointing a woodcock.
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    Hi Bourne The books I started out reading were Philip Glaziers book - Falconry and Hawking and also Emma Fords book Falconry Art and Practice. There are more modern books, some are good some are cr*p. These books are relatively cheap or get them from the Library. But a good mentor nearby is the way to go. All the best
  18. I can't remember offhand Gnipper, but if you check out Honeybrooks it will give you an idea of the price.
  19. Nice one Sean. I had many memorable days flying my old Redtail. I particularly enjoyed squirrel hawking with her.
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    Starting Out

    The bird that you get should match the quarry and terrain that you intend to fly. A lot of people advocate a Harris' Hawk which are really good birds. But I think that to learn the basics of falconry a Redtail Hawk will teach you a lot more and can be good hunting hawks. [Though a lot seem to get passed on after a season.] Harris' are very forgiving and easy to train and hunt with, too easy in some cases. I would advise you to go out with as many different people with different types of hawks before deciding. You could join your local Hawking Club and go on their field meets and get to se
  21. Hi Ian As a rule all Birds will respond better when fat whilst inside. Once they get outside, there are loads of distractions for them and they start looking at different options. ie to fly off into the tall trees in the distance...LOL I would guess that she is still too high in weight. Do you know how to judge her condition by feeling her keel? Do you have someone to mentor you that can help you? Its always easier if you have someone with a bit of experience that can help guide you. Sorry if you already know this. Good luck with her mate.
  22. Thanks for sharing mate.
  23. About 16 years ago. I was at a hawking meet. My redtail was over weight so she wasn't flying, but I did some ferreting for the others. One lad flew his male Goldie, which was surprisingly agile for such a big bird. It even took a rabbit about 15 feet from where I was sitting..... One of the problems with them, is getting them fit enough to take on quarry.
  24. Hi pal There are different views on how to reduce a hawks weight - the process is called enseaming BTW. For a hawk the size of a female HH that is kept tethered on a perch, I personally will fast the bird for a day or 2 before doing anything with it if its at such a high weight. I would feed it a low quality diet of rabbit and DOCs. Once she will feed off the fist give it plenty of tirings whilst manning it and feed every day. At such a weight, she will take a while to get down to a decent weight. Don't rush it. The good thing about HHs is they tend to be fairly tame and will
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