I caught my first duck yesterday with a rt we were squirrel hawking on a big hill that had a small pond at the bottom of it. i noticed that there was 3 mallards in it so I worked my way down to it but to my dismay my bird wouldnt follow she stayed up on the hill and that was 100 yards at least away. soo I tried to push the ducks in a cove that was shallow but they sat in the middle and finally flushed I knew it was a lost cause but I gave the game yell anyway and to my amazement my hawk started a fast stoop down the hill. The ducks were flying straight at the hawk and they were getting higher by the second. My hawk was going at angle that would put her below the ducks so I thought it was going to be a miss BUT then it happend the ducks finally saw the approaching hawk and they started to fly almost straight up in a panic. My hawk then used her speed to arch up and fly right into one of the drake mallards breast. I watched as the two birds became 1 and they both fell at least 60 feet from the air, they were at the tops of the trees when they connected. IT was the most exciting moment I have ever had in falconry and I WILL NEVER FORGET IT!!
Today I had 2 slips at ducks the first one the ducks flushed the wrong way and the bird tried but they pulled away to fast.The second flush went well, my bird took after the male mallard and barely grazed him he responded by dropping straight out the air like a rock he hit the water and then my bird took a perch back in a tree but the duck reflused again and my bird just couldnt catch up. I think my hawk thinks she is a gos or something but hey it works for me its a nice change of pace from rabbits and squirrels.
Post by sparrowhawk13 on Mar 21, 2005 21:25:37 GMT -5
I've read that you could be in a goose blind, call the geese in, and then pop out scaring the geese back up into the air where your hawk on a nearby perch meets them. The others don't mob because they will be preoccupied with you and not the hawk. It sounded like it would work, but you have to find a very concealed perch for your bird
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IAM BACK AGAIN FOR THE 2005 SEASON MY BIRDS FLIGHT WEIGHT IS 46 OUNCES THIS YEAR AND IAM READY FOR THE DUCKS AND MAYBE GEESE IAM JUST WAITING FOR THE LEAVES TO FALL SOO I CAN GET STARTED SO LOOK OUT RABBITS.
Post by apprentice16 on Nov 1, 2005 10:29:58 GMT -5
I was curious about geese as well, please let us know how it goes. I live near a lake, and have a field, so the geese tend to fly over often, and sometimes land in the lower part of the field. I wanted to try geese one day, but wanted to know the success rate first. -App16
One of these days I'll find the time to get a permit... until then, all of you better keep the pics and stories comming!