They are hard to approach. I have heard of two ways to do it.
1. Have to be able to hawk from a car. Crows will allow a car to approach much closer than someone on foot. Tossing an accip out a window at a crow will get the job done. Can't do it in CA, so i never really learned much about it.
2. You have to find a field that is HUGE, with a small amount of cover in a single area. A lone bush in a big open cow pasture was the set up that was described to me, i think it was actually in NAFAHH. You dump some offal near the bush and leave. Random rotting meat, garbage, that kind of stuff, just no litter. Come back in a few hours and there should be a load of crows on it. Put the falcon up from a good distance and then close the distance between you and the crows as fast as possible. The falcon will pin the crows to the ground, and they will make for the only cover possible, the bush. Wait for the falcon to be in position and then assault the bush. From the description it seemed it was quite difficult to get the crows out of the bush, but once out they have no where to go but up.
I am sure there are other ways, but these are the two i have heard of.
Post by BlueTiercel on Jan 23, 2005 9:43:38 GMT -5
One of the hard things about corvids, at least crows and Ravens , is that they post sentries, if you ever see crows ina field look around and you will ussually notice one up in a tree keeping an eye opened for danger...pretty neat.
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You need to get the crows well away from cover. At least twice as far from any cover as you are from them when the hawk is flown out of the hood Here in the UK they sit in fields. You can slip the hawk then put them up. She will pass through the flock cutting her crow out either hitting, binding or as occasionally happens ringing up. Where they fly in a circle each trying to gain a height advantage on the other until giving up, the crow plummets towards the ground allowing the falcon to stoop from a height hitting the crow,or hitting it throwing up,& then binding to it. These ringing flights are as spectacular as they are uncommon. Once crows have been hawked in this manner they soon become educated heading for cover at the mere sight of either hawk or falconer.
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