Not a falconer myself, but I've banded/ringed hawks. Depending on where you live the laws might require you to get a permit in order to own a raptor. Generally when you apply for the permit they'll set you up with a mentor. At least that's how it works in Canada.
I would not advise learning by yourself. Talons will fuck you up. Expect stiches.
I don't know much about what goes into training and conditioning. If you do get into it, it's a rewarding hobby. From the few falconers I've talked to, those guys can fill a freezer full of rabbits in a season.
>>870017 last time I looked into it, it seemed like a really high-maintenance sport. >two-year apprenticeship >exercise your bird for 2hr at 5am and 5pm every day. >closely control its diet and weight within a 1oz tolerance. I could be wrong tho, maybe its not that bad. I want to believe.
Falconry is more a sport than half the threads on /asp/ dedicated to oiled up steroid men pretend fighting each other. Seriously, these fags need to go to /tv/ where all the other pretend entertainment is.
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