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Welcome to the "Pennsylvania Falconry & Hawk Trust"

Message from the webmaster: Please be patient while I populate and wrap up the new websites content and structure. There will be various changes over the next few weeks. I will be working diligently with the club editor and other club members to get information that is deemed necessary to be posted on the website published.

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

PFHT Facebook Feed

2 weeks ago

John Mark Shields

Fellow PFHT members,

Regrettably, the PFHT Board voted unanimously to cancel the 2021 Field Meet scheduled for State College in January. The Field meet is the main organized activity of the PFHT each year, so this decision was not made either quickly or easily.

Multiple scenarios were discussed as to how to pull off the meet, however none were found to be workable.

The Board considered many factors in making the decision which include: the state mandated limits of groups no greater than 25; indoor dining facilities and meeting rooms limited to 25% capacity greatly hampering the usual evening social gatherings; the significantly increasing rate of COVID-19 infection reported each day in and around Centre county resulting from the return of Penn State students which increases the chance of exposure to members; and ordinances being enforced in State College and Patton Township fining individuals $300.00 per offense who fail to wear a mask in a public setting.

Additionally, the financial costs incurred by the club if the meet was to be held were not acceptable. The 2019 meet in State College showed that in order for the club to break even, at least 50 members had to attend who are paying for all activities (meet registration, the banquet dinner and buying raffle tickets). We are not permitted to register an event at the hotel with a number greater than 25 people. We can’t be taking a loss in order to accommodate a small number of members who are willing to attend.

Lastly, and most importantly, as with the cancellation of the NAFA meet, the club can’t risk the potential for unintentional spread of COVID-19 through a large gathering of PFHT falconers and their families.

Members of course, can hold personal Mini meets with friends if they choose to, however the PFHT can’t sponsor it.

Like so many things curtailed or limited by the pandemic, cancelling the Field Meet is especially egregious considering how much the membership looks forward to the meet. Hopefully 2021 will bring an effective vaccine enabling us all to resume our normal lives and activities including our annual Field Meet for January 2022.

We hope that you have a productive hawking and trapping season despite the limitations of COVID-19.

Mark Shields, President
Brian Diehl, Vice President
Jeff Kisak, Western Director
Fran Gray, Central Director
Patrick Miller, Eastern Director
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Daniel Horchak

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2 months ago

Karen Parker

Hi, I was trail riding, I'm in juniata county, there is an injured hawk. Game commission wont do anything, basically said Let it die. I figured I would at least try to reach out in case theres someone who can get her....or....just leave it alone. My number is 609-970-8521 I'm in oakland mills, pa ... See MoreSee Less

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Don McCullough

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3 months ago

Vince Bruno

I was wondering if anyone that does falconry stuff would have a use for quail to feed/train their falcons. I have recently started raising quail and am looking for avenues to utilize my birds. Thanks in advance. ... See MoreSee Less

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