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  1. Moorman 1

    falconry help

    You will find that a Harris's will fly to you at a high weight. You will have to bring the weight down to make a young hawk take the plunge and tackle quarry. Once they have had a few kills you can try the weight up a bit until it goes off the boil. As muscle and confidence grow its weight will increase, its all trial and error. There are a number of factors to take into account, the weather, they need more fuel when its cold. The quality of meat, ie red/white meat all have differing calorific values. Also the amount of exercise its had will determine the amount of food needed to maintain a certain weight.
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    New to the sport, New to the forum

    Some centres do hunt some of their birds but you would be better off finding someone that keeps their birds to hunt with. It is possible to keep some birds of prey and not hunt them but obviously this isn't falconry in the true sense. You could try contacting the BFC and find out which region you would come under as a starting point. Or just try to find someone reasonably close to you that has their own birds and ask if they would be willing to let you tag along and see if its for you etc. Good luck! Here you go, https://www.britishfalconersclub.co.uk/New_Site/bfc-regions/ It may be worth contacting them just to see if they can put you in touch with anyone near to you that's keeping and flying raptors, as a starting point.
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    New to the sport, New to the forum

    Hi Dave, nice introduction. You would be better off finding out where your nearest falconry club is, by doing this you would be able to meet people and I'm sure that someone would be willing to mentor you. This would be a far better and cheaper option than paying out for courses. Sometimes but not always these courses are run by people that don't really have a great knowledge of the sport. A lot of places are based on the keeping of raptors whereas true falconry is hunting with birds of prey. Good luck in your quest, keep us posted!
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    Harris hawk flying age

    I know of several people flying their hawks well into their twenty's. I would personally fly them until they die, there is no need to retire your hawk if they didn't hunt in the wild they would die. As regards the bird not responding, this is a never ending process anyway. The birds weight should be adjusted due to its response. If it is getting older maybe its muscle consistency/tone isn't what it was, therefore an adjustment could be tried.
  5. Moorman 1

    Help with ID please

    Its a Goshawk
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    first hawk

    Thank you! Yes she's great with the dog and ferrets and quiet at home. Couldn't ask for a better mannered hawk.
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    first hawk

    That's the thing I have had a male that flew at 1lb 41/4oz and he was unbelievable a really gutsy little hawk. Took huge buck rabbits and cock pheasants regularly. The males are more agile and exciting to fly but on the other hand the females are more lethal because of the extra weight and power. I have a female here that rarely misses on ferreted moorland rabbits. She will regularly take eight or nine in a session.
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    first hawk

    But also get kicked off more. Males are also more ariel and take to slope soaring much easier and tend to be more birdy (liking feather).
  9. Moorman 1

    Commen buzzard

    Good luck with it but cover yourself as its illegal to keep a native BOP without a closed ring and the relevant paperwork.
  10. Moorman 1

    What's the best tracker?

    TT15's T5's
  11. Moorman 1

    What's the best tracker?

    Tell your mate to get the Alpha, its better.
  12. Moorman 1

    What's the best tracker?

    The Astro never let me down the Alpha has the training facilities on the collars and it does a lot more than the Astro. Its touch screen and you can pan on the map settings etc. A great bit of kit.
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    What's the best tracker?

    Had the Astro then the Tek2 now gone back to the Alpha. You won't beat the Garmin without any doubt. After a period of time the Tek 2 gets issues picking up the satellites. Also on the compass setting on the Tek 2 you'll find its very inaccurate. One minute its bang on next minute its the complete opposite direction. This happened with all four handsets.
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    Winter boots

    Watch out for the import duty!
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    Winter boots

    Watch out for the import duty!