So is Marty are you still here/ And what did you learn in your phone calls? I am interested in trying an owl sometime, but like you mention there is little info available. Joe
Marty writes: In the mean time I'm gathering as much info as I can from those that have hunted with them... so that I can figure out how to work with the owls small brain to body ratio. I know of atleast three people stateside that have had more than marginal success... so I'm not breaking new ground. I just want to make sure I leave a record of how my experience went.. so that others can learn from it. I've had phone conversations with two of these three folks and I've learned more in those two phone calls about hunting with GHO's ....than in two weeks worth of searching the internet.
Let me say this to all who want to obtain an owl (taken as a downey blue eyes)... That u are in for a lifelong prodject, they are difficult at best and stubborn. They require lots of time, way more than a hawk or falcon to train, and if can successfully hunt one u have done well. My wife's GHO is now at least 10 yrs or older and he is very stubborn, and has the attention span of a two yr old. He is a screamer and pissy and very footy when handled, so u have to watch where u put your hands at all times. *** TAKE NOTE***I dont' recommend a GHO to anyone unless u can train under someone who has handled and trained one and sucessfully fielded the bird. Or at the very least consult with a falconer currently flying one...my two cents.. this is a re-post I have put elsewhere but applies here also.. Curt