The art of hunting using birds of prey as your partner.
This sport has been around well before the birth of Christ. Little has changed in all this time. In the United States there are only about 4000 falconers. Some states have only a few while states like California have over 300. Learn how you can become a part of this ancient sport.
A little History
In my opinion, falconry started in the ice age when man was domesticating the wolf around 10,000 years ago.
8000 BC – Iran/Persia. In documented Iranian history the one who used birds of prey for the first time was Tahmooreth, a king of the Pishdadian Dynasty. (first dynasty in the Shahnameh and Iranian mythology)
1000 BC – Mongolia. The level of sophistication of falconry at this time had to have taken hundreds if not thousands of years to develop.
700 BC – An Assyrian bas-relief found in the ruins at Khorsabad. (Today’s Northern Iraq)
400 BC – the Romans learned falconry from the Greeks.
70-44 BC – Caesar is reported to have trained falcons to kill carrier pigeons.
500 AD– The earliest reliable evidence of falconry in Europe is a Roman floor mosaic of a falconer and his hawk hunting ducks.
8th and 9th century – Falconry flourished in the Middle East.
875 – Western Europe and Saxon England practiced falconry.
1600′s -First settlers in the US, but was short lived.
1934 – The first US falconry club, The Peregrine Club, is formed. But it died out during World War II.
1970 – The Peregrine Fund is founded, mostly by falconers, to conserve all raptors, but focusing on Peregrines.