Skip to comments.Idaho Falconers Keep Ancient Tradition Alive
Posted on 12/24/2012 2:48:00 PM PST by nickcarraway
Gary Moon releases Laser, his young prairie falcon, as the suns first rays set Southern Idahos desert horizon ablaze. The two-pound female, a tiny radio transmitter strapped to each leg, lifts from Moons leather gauntlet and with every rapid wing beat circles higher into the sky.
Moon, a semi-retired 70-year-old businessman and mechanic from Boise, waits until his bird soars to 400 feet before sprinting toward a pond. With no ducks on the water, however, he reaches inside a sack at his side, flinging a homing pigeon aloft. Instinctively, Laser dives; only a last-second maneuver keeps the pigeon from becoming falcon fodder.
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That is one cool hobby. I love raptors and the fact that they seem to be able to form a bond of sorts with man.
Might have value to preppers during that time between the event and when all game is hunted out. Six months?
This is neither here or there but very recently I was looking into the possibility of hiring a master falconer. You wouldn’t believe all the laws that I found online about doing this type of hobby. (at least in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia). Oh well... I always thought this is such a cool hobby/sport.
'Police did locate the man, who, they said, was actually a falconer dressed in camo and carrying a stick. He was looking for his missing bird. '
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