Post by pennstatepitt on Jan 28, 2007 18:42:53 GMT -5
Hi, I'm considering getting into falconry, I'm still in the researching stage. I rabbit hunt quite a bit right now and have a beagle and I couldn't imagine rabbit hunting without one. This may be an obvious question but I'm pretty ignorant, but i was wondering if you can hunt for rabbits with hawks and still let the beagles run the rabbits as they normally would? Thanks.
Check out my thread in the training log section it is under male Harris I just posted some flights I got in front of my beagle. I like beagles alot mine is a medium size dog not a bench leg I guess he is about 13 inches I think the smaller beagles would do better they wouldnt push the rabbit as hard but hey he worked for me yesterday.
I hunt with a beagle and she is actually the only dog that I have hunted, with a hawk of mine anyway. Beagles are great, especially if you have few rabbits, because if you find one you had better stay after it. It may the last one you find. If you have a lot then you may be better with a flushing dog.
I will say that when the beagle and the hawk are both chasing, rabbits tend to either go to ground or leave the area. That is a disadvantage. A big buck rabbit will run a half a mile straight line sometimes. I get left in the dust and have no idea where the hawk is when I catch up. The ideal dog for me would be one that would trail and point rabbits. Not sure that there is such a thing.
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Yes, but a redtail would not be as sucessful as if he was in a tree. Up in a tree they can see the entire field, and it also gives them a large speed advantage. RT's can really kick on the afterburners if they have a reason to!
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