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    Hello,
    I'm somewhat new to the forum, and I just wanted to see if there were any practicing falconers in AK. I was wondering if falconry was viable in the bush. If this topic has already has a thread, please forgive me. Thanks.

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    I do not practise falconry, but I know someone who does. My understanding is first you need to take and pass a test. Then You must apprentice under a master falconer for two years. Then you may become self sufficent. I think there are only around 50 masters in the state, so if you wanted to learn the sport while in the bush you would need to live in a village with a master. I was told once you pass the test fish and game will give you a copy of the contact info for the masters and you have to contact them to see if they will apprentice you. Below are links to the fish and game regs.

    http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/index....misc#falconry
    http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/regul...fs/falcman.pdf
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    Everything that garnede said is how I understand it. I do not practice Falconry, but one of my good friends was a falconer here in Alaska for the past 4 years.

    He said that Falconry here in Alaska was a lot harder than it was in the lower 48, just because the small game is either very difficult to find in areas accessible to a Falconer, or the small game is plentiful in areas that a falcon can't hunt.

    I would imagine that falconry might be a little more difficult and more expensive in the bush that it would be in a major city or town.

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    I saw a guy here in Juneau last fall duck hunting with a falcon...way cool.

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    got a buddy who is a master here in homer, ditto the comments about how hard it is to hunt here compared to lots of places outside.
    one of my buddies biggest complaints is that the eagles harass his birds mercilessly. a couple times his birds have just not come back... ever...
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    I had a perigrine try and steal one of my mallard dekes last season....maybe your friend's bird migrated Dave

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    Default Thanks for the info folks

    I'm glad to hear that there is at least some presence in AK. I expected that finding suitable territory and game would be much more difficult.

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    I would think they would be awesome for winter ptarmigan!

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    Slightly OT.

    The Jer (Gyr) Falcon (falco rusticolus) is native if I'm not mistaken and likes Ptarmigan. Very pretty birds!
    http://www.borealbirds.org/guide/gui...1&sort=&from=0
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    You can essentially "train" a falcon to take any type of small game. The bird has to be confident in its ability to take the game because if the bird is not confident that it can successfully take the prey without getting injured or failing then it will. And sometimes you can be surprised by what they decide to go after too because instinct will just kick in.

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    I think it would be cool to have a falcon take out pigeons in down town anchorage, then of course bite the heads off the pigeons in front of horrified tourists

    better yet you could train a falcon to harass said tourists
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    Default Ak Powder Monkey..

    That's the best and funniest thing i have heard in a long time.

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    Only one correction here; one can actually apprentice under any falconer in AK except another apprentice. It doesn't have to be a master. Just FYI.

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