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Falconry Principles & Practice

Author: Roger Upton

Year of Publication: 1990

Publisher: A & C Black

Place of Publication: London

Pages: 240 pages

Language: English

ISBN: 0713632623

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FALCONRY - Principles & Practice Contents Introduction 7 Suitable country for hawking 7 Acquiring skills 10 Obtaining hawks 11 Displays and exhibitions 13 Success and failure 14 Good practice 17 1 The hawk house, shelters and weathering ground 19 The hawk house 19 Shelters 26 Weathering ground 28 'Sunlight and seclusion' pen 29 Baths 31 Block perches 32 Bow and ring perches 37 2 Falconry furniture 40 Gloves 40 Jesses 42 Swivels 48 Leashes 49 Bells and bewits 53 Hoods 56 Hawking bags 66 Hawking jackets 67 Carrying hoods when hawking 67 Lures 68 Hawking whistles 70 The creance 71 Transporting hawks 71 Weighing the hawk 76 Location-finding telemetry 77 3 Eyasses, passagers, hacking and thoughts on training 81 The pros and cons of hacking 82 Passage hawks 93 The correct way to hold a hawk 97 Feeding a hawk on the fist 98 Early lessons 99 Flying your hawk loose for the first time 104 Flying to the lure 104 4 Flying out of the hood 107 Rook hawking 107 Crows 121 Jackdaws 122 Seagulls 122 Magpies 125 5 Hawking dogs 127 Breeds of dog 127 Dogs suitable for grouse hawking 129 Flushing game 130 Dog leads 132 Dogs suitable for partridge and pheasants 133 6 Game hawking 134 Grouse hawking country 136 The cost of grouse moors 138 Waiting-on 138 The first flight at quarry 139 The importance of flushing down wind 141 Waiting-on in hilly country 142 Correct serving of quarry 144 Positioning 144 Waiting-on over the dog 145 The kill 148 Grouse in cover 150 Number of flights 150 Hawking weather 151 Hawking at the end of the grouse season 152 Flying tiercels at grouse 152 Soaring versus waiting-on 153 Flying peregrines at grouse 154 Grouse hawking with gyrs 155 Flying other types of hawk at grouse 155 Black game and ptarmigan as quarry 156 Partridge hawking 156 Pheasant hawking 159 Snipe hawking 160 Woodcock hawking 161 Duck hawking 161 7 Glove and hood making 162 Gloves 162 Jesses 167 Hoods 168 Braces 170 Trimming 171 Lures 172 Patterns 173 Suppliers 238 Furniture 238 Telemetry 238 Further reading 238 Index 239