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Welcome to the "Pennsylvania Falconry & Hawk Trust"

The goal is to have a publicly accessible website with useful information and resources to help out aspiring and seasoned falconers alike. This includes club information, falconry information, and useful resources like vendors. Do not hesitate to submit something you think should be posted on the website through one of the various contact forms or to your club board contact directly.

"My lord shall never rest; I'll watch him tame, and talk him out of patience. - Shakespeare"

Important Pages

Board Members

If you're looking to contact a regional director or other board member, this is the page that will help you make that contact!

Event Calendar

This will take you directly to our event calendar. Here you can find local PA meets as well as nearby state club meets!

About the Club

This page is where you learn about PFHT's mission, objectives and current direction.

Apprenticeship

So you're interested in Falconry? This page will help you start gaining an understanding of the steps and processes to do that.

Wingbeat – Annual Publication

Here you can access the current and past Wingbeat annual journal publications in a digital format!

Creance – Quarterly Publication

Here you can find copies of old and current creance newsletters.

Why are you a falconer?

Since I was kid, hunting in my dad’s fields during deer season, I was always fascinated watching the Harriers and Kestrels go cruising through looking for mice. Over the years, I had worked to get myself closer to nature by hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and even wildlife photography. However, as soon as I learned about falconry, I was instantly hooked. To me, falconry is one of the closest ways we can get to nature. It is also the best ways possible to see what these animals are truly capable of, all while maintaining a strong hunting partnership. This sport bridges a huge gap between man and the wild while teaching you something that we have lost through the years, a respect for nature.

I originally pursued falconry as an extension to my outdoors nature. I know it eventually consumed me, like it does for many others. I look forward to every flight, and every moment I get to spend with the birds in the field.

What's your attraction?

If you asked someone why they pursued falconry you will get a different answer from everyone, but some common trends occur.

Some reasons include a direct connection to nature, to build a bond, a new way to hunt, "just because", etc. It's important to consider what exactly allures you to it, and make sure than the reasons match the results.

Archimedes Takes a Grey Squirrel

Capturing and sharing footage of falconry

Capturing footage of falconry is often considered taboo. It shows a very primal path of the cycle of life that many people aren’t comfortable with.This website will be showing falconry footage that entails exactly what falconry is; a hunting tradition and sport.

The video to your left is a short film edit of a squirrel hunt with a passage male red tail. This was this birds third squirrel of the season. The bird was trapped on Halloween weekend and started hunting just shy of 2 weeks later.

Meet the Website Team

Patrick Miller

Liaison

Cindy Fry

Editor

Gregory Miller

Webmaster

Seth Roy

Website Editor/Reviewer

1 week ago

John Mark Shields
Requests for nominations for PFHT President and Western Director were sent out on 05 Feb. The cut-off for nominations is Monday 22 Feb. If you have not submitted a nomination yet, you still have a bit of time. If you did not receive the nomination request by mail, you may email your nominations directly to me at: president@pfht.org NLT midnight 22 Feb. Thanks.Mark ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Brett Coryell
I did not have the privilege of knowing this falconer, but a friend of mine was one of his apprentices in the day. Maybe some of you knew him: Earl C. Schriver, Jr.Mars - Earl C. Schriver, Jr., age 89, of Mars, formerly of Economy Borough, Beaver County, has passed away at St. John's Specialty Care Center, in Mars, Pennsylvania after a four year battle with cancer. He passed one week before his 90th birthday.Earl was known throughout Western Pennsylvania and the outdoor sportsman community as "The Birdman of Baden". A lifelong licensed falconer, avid outdoorsman and nature lover, Earl became fascinated with birds of prey as a young teenager and spent many decades training other falconers, exhibiting his live birds at festivals, schools, camps and nature centers, and educating thousands on the beauty, majesty and reality of hawks, owls, falcons and eagles.Born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 23, 1930, he was the son of the late Earl C. and Elizabeth Shotten Schriver.Earl retired from LTV Steel in Aliquippa PA in 1985 after 27 years. He had served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.A former member of Concord United Presbyterian Church, he was an avid gardener, bird watcher, and lifelong learner. He was a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for many years. Before he became ill, he passionately worked to help reintroduce his beloved native Paw Paw trees into the western Pennsylvania woods. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

John Mark Shields
Someone is trying to hack into the club Board members email. Two people have received emails purporting to be me. Please do not accept or open and emails from me from this email address: "Mark Shields," <boardofdirector163@gmail.com. Thanks. Mark ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Tony Bonadonna
Anybody missing a red tail hawk , we live at 277 Laurelwood road pottstown and this guy came over to have a quick meal of my chickens. 484-723-9022 was tame and let me perch him then flew into the trees. ... See MoreSee Less
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