FALCONRY TODAY: An Illustrated Guide to the Art and Sport of Hunting with Hawks by Jack Samson

FALCONRY TODAY: An Illustrated Guide to the Art and Sport of Hunting with Hawks

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Falconry is a serious sport that doesn't lend itself to the casual or occasional practitioner-or the city dweller. Samson warns at the start that only those with several hours a day and much open space should consider it, and they, before beginning, should learn the laws (state addresses and federal regulations appended) and read his extensive advice (on obtaining, gentling, raising, training and exercising your hawk as well as hunting it)--and his descriptions of the various American hawks, which are different from the ones you'll meet in the European literature. As for the conservationist issue of kids trapping hawks (the best way to get them, according to Samson), better the bird goes to a committed falconer who will care for it than to a shotgun or DDT. Most readers will be satisfied with Kaufmann and Meng's Falcons Return (1975); the few who then determine to make the commitment should read Samson.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1976
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Walck