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West Side Field Meet 2016

December 22nd, 2016

West Side Field Meet 2016

The west side field meet is a gathering of falconers for a day of falconry. Straight up, no fluff, just hunting with hawks and other falconers. I generally look forward to this outing as a way to visit with old friends and to learn from others.  It’s always a good idea to keep up with skills and learn new things.  

A good hunt ends with you and your bird back together again. 

Cedar’s day began with a great start!  Kida flushed a bunny very quickly into the hunt, only to have Cedar give a swipe at it and miss. Cedar wasn’t discouraged however, as she quickly recovered, attacked a squirrel nest and nailed a big fox squirrel as it bailed out of the nest.  All this excitement after only five minutes into the hunt.  The folks who came with got a great closeup experience with Cedar and the hunt.  

  • Photo credits, courtesy of Sophie

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Michigan Hawking Club Picnic 2014

July 29th, 2014

Summer Picnic 2014 for the MHC

The Michigan Hawking Club holds it’s annual picnic in the summer as a way of keeping our community together during the non-hunting months of the summer.  The picnic is a great time to catch up  with falconry friends and talk ‘hawk’ all afternoon. Our picnic hosts have lots of help to put on this event and the club membership is always grateful for their hospitality.

[ Here’s the group shot for this year.  That’s me on the far right with Cedar. ]

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Apprentice Workshop 2014

June 28th, 2014

Apprentice Workshop 2014

This past June, the Michigan Hawking Club conducted another falconry workshop for folks who are interested in getting started in Falconry with a little more depth and knowledge that can be provided in books.  This started out as a mere suggestion on a way for Falconers to get better at their sport and to focus on the highest levels of Falconry.  Now, this annual event gills up within the first few days of open registration and it’s always a full house.  This is a great way for a person interested in Falconry to get acquainted with the nitty-gritty details of the sport of falconry and serves as a place to socialize with some of the best falconers in the state.

Some Q&A time for the attendees.

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MHC Summer Family Picnic

July 28th, 2013

MHC Summer Family Picnic

The Annual Michigan Hawking Club Summer Family Picnic was this weekend and it was a great time, right up until the rain hit.  The photo above was taken just in time before the down pour started getting everyone wet, including the birds.  There were many folks who came to share in the wonderful joy of our sport.  We also had some new birds on display this weekend, with many falconers proving background stories, history, and hunting adventures with the folks that came. It was a great day for raptor lovers with the Michigan Hawking Club.

 

Cedar was my ambassador for the day, as she did a great job perching for  photos and sat graciously perched on the glove for a few impromptu hawk talks.  Falconers from all over the state brought their birds as well.  Pictured below are a few of the other Raptors that came and were perched for photo-ops and admiration.  The bonus experience for me for the day was holding the Goshawk after coping.

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Apprentice Falconry Workshop on June 22nd, 2013

May 13th, 2013

Apprentice Falconry Workshop on June 22nd, 2013

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I thought I would post this here for anyone interested in attending a premiere falconry workshop in Michigan with some outstanding Falconers.  I’ve assisted as an attendee and as a session presenter and this is a great day filled with lots of great information from the Michigan Hawking Club falconers. If you are interested in the world of Raptors and Falconry and are looking to learn more, then this is a great place to start.

 

The fourth annual MHC Falconry workshop will be Saturday, June 22nd, 2013. This is THE EVENT to attend if you are interested in learning more about falconry from the apprentice or apprentice perspective. This workshop will answer many of the questions individuals new to the sport often ask about.You will be able to meet a number of active Michigan falconers and their hawks,look at the construction and design of a falconers mews (hawk house), make some falconry equipment to take home and have opportunity to ask many questions!

 

Workshop Event Topics will include:

  • Basic Mew Design
  • Evaluating a newly trapped Raptor
  • Basic Raptor Housing and Care
  • Apprentice/Sponsor Contracts
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations in the practice of falconry
  • Basic Falconry Equipment Construction (anklets, jesses, leashes)
  • Round table discussions

 

Click here to Register: –>Apprentice Falconry Workshop 2013 – 6/22/2013

 

 

 

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