This book covers all aspects of the sport of falconry and hawking with chapters on history, the birds themselves, training, housing, tools and equipment, equipment to be fitted to the bird, hoods and hooding, handling the new arrival, condition, manning and early training, flying free and getting fit, flying falcons out of the hood, flying short-wings, merlins, game hawking, moulting, imping and coping, lost hawks, hack and hacking back, dogs for hawking and making hoods, bells, bags and gloves.
In addition there are two new chapters which replace and amplify the original text on health and disease and captive breeding, as well as a new section on the author's own experiences of Arab falconry practice.
The author gives details of the birds most commonly used in the sport and the character and individual temperament of the birds are revealed in his own case histories.
Every technique is explained with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages, 170 illustrations
- Publisher: Pavilion Books
- Publication Date: 31/08/1998
- Category: Hunting or shooting animals & game
- ISBN: 9780713484076
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Review by NerdOnTheFloor
I bought this book a few years back when I was committed to becoming a falconer. <br/>A few years down the line, that dream has not been fulfilled and I seriously doubt that it ever will be. However, this book still holds a lot of interest for me. Falconry is a sadly dying art and something that if particularly fascinating, difficult and ultimately beautiful. This book is a veritable "bible" of information about the pretty ancient art of falconry. <br/>It's not cheap, but I'd recommend trying to pick up a cut-price copy if you have an interest in this wonderful sport.