the sport of hunting wild quarry with a trained raptor, probably originated in China around 2000 B.C. Its rich history is depicted in ancient pottery, coins, tapestries, sculptures and paintings, as well as in poetry and books. Often referred to as "The Sport of Kings", falconry has also been enjoyed by shoguns, priests and nuns, lords and ladies, and modern day falconers from all walks of life.

In 1972, an amendment to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act gave protection to raptors. In the United States falconry became highly regulated, requiring federal and state permits to possess and hunt with raptors. Falconry became legal in Kansas in 1990.

Falconry requires a serious commitment. A falconer must be knowledgeable about raptor health, behavior and training methods. Proper equipment and facilities for housing must be acquired and maintained. Access to appropriate hunting areas is a never-ending challenge. Some days there will only be a small amount of time and care required, while most days will require several hours. The reward comes when a falconer experience a successful day in the field, witnessing the drama of predator versus prey.

If you are interested in learning more about falconry please visit the following web sites:

bullethttp://www.n-a-f-a.com/ - North American Falconers Association

For regulations and licensing information contact:
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
512 S.E. 25th Avenue
Pratt, KS 67124
(620) 672-5911

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A Pocket Guide to Kansas Raptors
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