Is falconry for you? Not sure how to get started and want to learn more? Sign up of our next Falconry Orientation Workshop near Guelph. This annual workshop is a great opportunity for those thinking about getting into the sport as well as anyone who would like a refresher course from experienced falconers on some of the basics. This is a one-day workshop that is being offered on two different days-you choose the day that suits you best.
Update March 23, 2021: The workshop was originally scheduled for April 10 and 11, 2021 but due to covid, we are re-scheduling to July 17 and July 24, 2021.
Capacity for the workshop will be reduced and Covid protocols will be in place. Masks will be required, hand sanitizer will be provided and if you have any flu-like symptoms, please do not attend.
Some of the topics under discussion will be:
- Falconry is hunting with a bird of prey – is this really for me?
- Finding a sponsor and MNRF requirements, including a Small Game Hunting License
- Raptor species used in falconry and what is best suited to the novice hunter
- Weight management of hunting raptors
- Facilities and equipment – the expenses involved and how to build a safe mews
- Handling a raptor
- Hunting with a bird of prey – feathered quarry (ducks, crows, starlings) vs fur (squirrels, rabbits)
The speakers will include some of the most knowledgeable and highly respected falconers in the province. These falconers have extensive experience hunting Harris Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks on rabbits and squirrels, as well as having flown large falcons on ducks and Hungarian partridge.
In the morning we will discuss many of the topics related to acquiring and hunting with a bird of prey. After lunch (which is not included with registration), there will be a hands-on component involving looking at various pieces of equipment and gear, tying a falconer’s knot, and a demonstration of how to handle a hawk.
Please note: Participants will not be handling any birds of prey. The setting is a classroom-like environment — in the morning there is a PowerPoint presentation and in the afternoon there are break-out sessions where you are free to talk with individual falconers on a variety of topics, handle the falconry gear and ask specific questions.
The workshop fee is $125.00 for non-OHC members and $ 90.00 for OHC members (The membership rate applies to those who were existing OHC members in good standing as of January 1). The workshop fee includes equipment demonstrations and a booklet that provides details about falconry in Ontario.
As a post-COVID precaution, we are no longer supplying lunch for participants. Please bring your lunch and snacks with you. We will supply coffee, tea, pop and water. The community hall is in the country and there are no restaurants or Tim Hortons in the immediate area. Whatever you want to eat during the day, you will need to bring with you.
The workshop is open to all members of the Ontario Hawking Club and non-members, as space permits.
Participants must be at least 16 years old.
The deadline for signing up is one week prior to the workshop date. Registration begins at 8:30AM on the day of the workshop, and the workshop runs from 9:00AM-4:00PM.
The workshops usually sell-out and registrations are taken on “first-come, first-served” basis upon receipt of payment.
All registrants must pay on-line prior to the event. Unfortunately, payment on the morning of the event cannot be accommodated.
If cancellations are made more than 48 hours prior to the event, we will refund you fully less a $25.00 administration fee.
If you cancel less than 48 hours before the event, no refund will be issued.
How to Register
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the workshop.
- After you have been in touch with the administrator of the program to confirm that we have room and that the offering is an appropriate match of skill-level and expectation, an email containing a link to the payment page will be sent to you.
- Once you have paid for the course, more details will be sent to you, including the location.