Chaps may be okay for some falconers. I don't use them because they do not protect the bottom of the hawk's feet. It's bites around the toes and the soles of the feet that can injure the most, and chaps don't cover those areas. Also, the hawk has to deal with anklets, jesses and more and more lately, radio gear. Chaps add more weight to an already burdened hunting bird.
A "jump box" is another way of saying travel box or giant hood.
Post by Master Yarak on Aug 6, 2007 13:43:41 GMT -5
WOW! Another non-believer and after all those squirrel hunts too...amazing. I have seen bites literally all over a squirrel hawk but NEVER on the bottom of the foot. Weight is important to all flying creatures. The extra weight of properly constructed chaps is negligible. The extra protection they provide invaluable. To me, it is not really opinion but fact. The empirical evidence is present on every pair she has has ever worn for a season. Those bites would have landed somewhere unprotected without them. I cannot mandate that every squirrel hawker use them. If I could I would. But don't take my word for it ask my bird. Yarak
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My friend's Harris' hawk got a bite on the bottom of a toe, cutting a surface tendon in half. I used the full Brewer chaps with boots and for some reason my RT would rarely grab the head. This, in turn, put many bites on her. After I thought about it for a while, I just cut the boots off of the chaps and bam, 3 head shots in a row and that was the end of the season. Maybe the boots had something to do with the head grabbing, but from looking at my chaps from the end of this season I know that I would never want all those bites on my birds legs/feet.
Agreed Brandon!! I know Ms. GRIM's barrel chaps had bites all over them, and she was just working on our little greys, not them big hoss fox squirrels we hunted your beastly Ms. Jaila on. How's her moult coming by the way and will she be ready for the squirrel park on the morning of the picnic? -Joe
I'm hoping so. Everything seems to be on schedule, just the annoying 30% left i'd say. I may have Jeff drop her weight a little while I'm gone to Canada and then drop her the rest of the way when I get back on the 23rd. We shall see.
Has anyone else used these boots and seen a difference like I have? Any input on the boots?
Post by falconer147 on Feb 5, 2011 23:18:05 GMT -5
I made some of the velcro chaps that you put over the anklets and have tried using them but they arent worth it. Im going to be making some barrel chaps with some rectangular flares that should lay on my birds toes. Ive only noticed bites in between toes and tops of feet or on the legs