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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!

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