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Fall Screech Owl

October 15th, 2014

Fall Screech Owl

 

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It’s always great to see when the local wildlife takes up refuge in one of the Owl Boxes that I built.  This little guy was sitting up in the house this past week  up at the Cabin.  Looking forward to seeing him again in for our annual fall bird hunt!

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Bald Eagle

July 21st, 2014

Bald Eagle

I was recently camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  A fantastic landscape of lake and woods and all the things that make Northern Michigan wonderful.  I was kayaking around the lake when I suddenly looked up when I was close to shore and noticed this handsome eagle perched in the tree above the lake.  The most interesting thing about the encounter was how close I was to the eagle without causing him some discomfort.  Apparently a small blue kayak close to the shore is nothing to concern a 2-foot tall wild raptor.

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Owl Houses Ready for Residents

July 22nd, 2013

A nice weekend up north at the Hootch provided an opportunity to finally place the owl houses built.  After careful selection of the trees and locations, my Dad and I were able to get the owl houses that we built last year posted on some sturdy trees.

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Spring Birds

May 27th, 2013

Spring Birds

The Spring is my favorite season for bird-watching. While I was out and about this weekend, I was able to catch a few birds in the field.

Some of these guys are not-so-common inhabitants of the Michigan Forest, but yet they are still present in enough numbers for observant folks to catch them.  Happy Birding!

 

Black Billed Cuckoo

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Ethics in Falconry

April 26th, 2013

Ethics in Falconry

Got Ethics?
At a recent falconry convention, the subject of ethics in falconry was brought up. While falconers are held to a different standard of hunting and ethics in the field, there was one area of particular discussion. The concept of reasonable consideration of your fellow falconers. A code of honor, if you will between falconers when hunting together or when hunting in close proximity is always appreciated.  Here are a few suggestions below:

Falconer Code of Honor

  • Honor hunting grounds – If a fellow falconer takes you to a hunting area, you should honor that hunting site as someone else’s hunting area.  Always ask the other falconer if they mind if you hunt there. (Even if it is public land.)
  • Let others hunt first – Courtesy goes a long way when hunting with others.  Offer the “fresh field” to your fellow falconers.
  • Willingness to share the game – Even though it’s your hawk/falcon that took the prize, you might want to offer part of your kill to the other members of the hunting party who helped you beat the brush.

Additional Ethical Areas of Falconry:

  • Trapping
  • Car Hawking
  • Trespassing
  • Treatment of Quarry
Each of these areas of falconry requires a serious understanding of the legality of such activity along with the moral and ethical considerations that go along with it.
If you have some other ideas or suggestions for the falconry code of honor between falconers, please be sure to post a comment!
-Cheers!

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