I started falconry after moving to Vancouver Island from Terrace, BC in 2003. I volunteered at Pacific Northwest Raptors, then worked with them to provide falconry displays for three summers while I completed my BSc. During my final year, I decided to get my own bird for hunting. After three months of unsuccessful trapping attempts, another falconer loaned me a female Harris hawk for the season. Harriet the Harris taught me a lot about hunting, and together we managed to find and bag 19 rabbits, and 3 squirrels. After two years of being a "hawkless falconer" due to housing and work constraints, I bought myself a male harris in the fall of 2009. With a distinct lack of rabbits, I turned to carhawking and we had a very successful season on crows. In the summer of 2011 I moved to northern BC and had to give up flying this gutsy little bird who in his second year, had taken a few rabbits, ducks and a lesser canada goose in addition to his usual crows.
I now work full time as a highschool science teacher in Vanderhoof, BC. I have tried my hand at a passage cooper's hawk, and now fly a 1X intermewed passage male red-tail. We aim to hunt snowshoe hare when we can find them, but will also have a go at grouse and mice.
I tried my hand at hoodmaking the first year I was involved in falconry. Since then my hoods have and continue to evolve as I am continually adapting my techniques and trying new things. I have always enjoyed making my own gear and have added dho-ghazza nets, braided jesses and leashes to my repretoire over the years. I hope I can help you out in finding gear that works well for you and your bird.
Thanks for visiting, and happy hawking!
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