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"

Upcoming Events

  1. William (Bill) C. MacBride III’s Remembrance

    November 25 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
  2. 2019 PFHT Winter Field Meet

    January 3, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 5, 2019 @ 11:55 pm
  3. 2019 PFHT Summer Picnic

    August 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - August 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
  4. 2018 NAFA Annual Field Meet

    December 2 @ 8:00 am - December 7 @ 5:00 pm
  5. 2019 NJ Falconry Club Annual Field Meet

    February 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - February 9, 2019 @ 11:55 pm

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

President

Cindy Fry

Editor

Gregory Miller

Webmaster

Seth Roy

Website Editor/Reviewer

PFHT Facebook Feed

The harris hawk spotted in Western, PA was recovered by Dawn DeCrease recently . At this time we do not have a known "home" for it. The regional game commission office is aware of the recovery of an unknown origin bird. If anyone knows of a potential missing harris hawk please do inform us so we can see if it might be a fit for this bird. ... See MoreSee Less

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There has been word of a Harris Hawk spotted in Bessemer, PA 16112 (Western PA)

It was seen in a homeowners back yard eating a raccoon. If you have lost or know of someone who has lost a harris hawk in Western PA or the surrounding areas please contact us for homeowner information on where the bird was seen yesterday (11/5/18).

11/6/18 Update -
A falconer has verified the birds location and tried to trap the bird. The fully cropped bird was unwilling to come to lure or BC. With a poor backlighting situation could not make out any equipment or bands yet. The homeowner is appreciative of the efforts of the falconer who showed up. A special thanks to Dawn DeCrease for going out of her way to see if she could recover the bird.
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We regretfully inform everyone of the passing of William C. (Bill) MacBride III (12/12/1935 - 11/2/2018).

When you think of falconry, only a few names come to mind or stand out. It does not matter if you are relatively new to the sport and our club or have been a long time member, Bill MacBride was a name that always came up. Last night I received the devastating news that Bill had passed away.

Bill was a life long member of PFHT and a falconer for longer than most can remember. For years, he was a source of knowledge, history, stories, and the occasional joke to every new falconer that came to our meets. For as long as I can remember, there was never an event that he had missed, whether it was NAFA or our own. His loss will be felt across the falconry community and I think I speak for everyone when I say that he will be greatly missed.

Best Regards,
Patrick Miller, President

** 11/5/18 Update **

Many have asked about information on the date and time for services for Bill. We have received word that per his request, no services will be held and his ashes are to be spread across the Blue Mountain.

As more information becomes available, we will continue to update everyone with how they can pay their respects.

** 11/6/18 Update **

A falconer's send off has been planned for Sunday, November 25th at 10:30am. This will be held on the Blue Mountain at Bake Oven Knob. There is a parking lot available just below the top of the ridge. Afterwards anyone who would like to go to lunch there will be an informal gathering at the Bake Oven Inn which is at the bottom of the hill.

If you would like to attend please notify Connie Nielsen at nielcon@gmail.com or John Heffner at john.heffner@comcast.net.
Phone numbers are available for these contacts. If you have any questions or would like to speak to them in person please message us for a contact number.

** 11/8/18 Update **
Due to the number of responses the post gathering lunch will be moved to "The Old Homestead Golf Club", which is also close by but has the facility to handle the larger amount of attendees.
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An up close look at the braid quality of one of the meet raffle sponsor/donators equipment. This set is from Mike Craig of www.craigleash.com. You’ll get a chance to win some of his gear at the meet this year! ... See MoreSee Less

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