I trapped my first Red Tail(Tercel)I was wanting a hen but really want to work with him. He is already on the fist. From a hunting perspective im torn will a small tercel pursue and engauge enough to pursue as much as a hen for squirrels and suvh?
Should I roll with this and learn? Should I look for a larger bird?
Post by Falcon Boy on Oct 16, 2017 11:49:06 GMT -5
1) Ask your sponsor [always my default answer] 2) Yes, males can take grey squirrels just fine in many cases. Fox squirrels are a different story, some male RT won't chase them. I've literally seen a male RT fly away from a fox squirrel. 3) Ask your sponsor. Also, i'm a big believer in not second guessing. The very fact that you created an account to post this question of people you don't know leads me to believe that deep down you really want a female bird. So why did you keep a male? For many first year apprentices, it's because its the first thing that hit the trap and they think they need a bird right now [but yesterday or last week would have been better]. The reality is the leaves haven't even fallen yet and there's a lot of trapping season left. For some people, the deep desire for something else [even if they don't acknowledge it] that means they may not put their best into the bird [it usually seems to be subconscious and not a conscious decision] they have because they wanted something different, and they also tend to blame everything on the bird rather than themselves. 4) I have no idea what a suvh is...
Not trying to be a jerk, just trying to offer a reality check.
Last Edit: Oct 16, 2017 11:50:39 GMT -5 by Falcon Boy
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I think FB is right on with this. I totally understand wanting to work with the bird. Its exciting! But you really do need to sit down with your sponsor and talk about what your primary prey will be for the bird. If it's rabbits and smaller squirrels, go for it! If you're wanting to hunt the larger squirrels, you may want to release it and go for a larger bird. Your sponsor oughta be able to best explain your options and needs to you! Good luck!
Last Edit: Oct 16, 2017 11:57:24 GMT -5 by SkyRider