New Website Menu Functionality

For user interface improvement based on various recommendations and common problems of users finding/figuring out how to download files I recently shifted how the menu system works. A logged out user will now only see “Register for website” and “Login”, once they are logged in the menu will shift to include the appropriate content as well as a manage profile and logout button. This should make it more apparent as to what pages require you to be logged in to be able to use to their full capability as members. Any questions be sure to reach out to your regional director or the webmaster!

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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

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2 months ago

Will Weyant

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3 months ago

Seth Roy

I hope everyone's hawking season was a success. For some of us, breeding season is just beginning. Check out my goshawk breeding project: North Mountain Goshawks ... See MoreSee Less

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5 months ago

John Mark Shields

Fellow PFHT Members,

After discussions with all of the club Board members, it has been decided that the Vice President election that was just conducted by email is inappropriate and is therefore null and void.

The members of the Board failed to ensure that the nomination and election process was conducted in the proper time-frame starting last October. An honest effort was made to make up for that error by pressing ahead with the email process with the goal of having the election complete by the Field Meet.

This effort was flawed in that it did not offer a sufficient amount of time for individuals to be nominated. Additionally, it has been common practice to have biographies of the candidates distributed to the membership with the voting ballot so that the membership would be better prepared to make an informed decision about choosing a candidate. The amount of time allocated for the vote was inadequate, and considering that not all members have or use email, it excluded them from the election process.

Given that our elections should be a clear, transparent process, the means employed failed miserably.

By unanimous decision by the Board, any voting results from the email process are thrown out.

On or about 15 JAN 2020, a new nomination period will start for those positions up for election, Vice President and Eastern Director, and will be disseminated by the secretary, on paper, via US Mail, to all voting members. The period of time allocated for the nomination process will be two weeks.

Once all of the hard copy nominations are compiled after the two week period, ballots will be mailed by the secretary to all voting members which will include the candidate's falconry biographies.

After giving five days for mail delivery to the members, a two week voting period will take place for all members to complete their ballots and mail them back to the secretary in stamped envelopes provided by the PFHT. Only paper ballots will be accepted at this time.

The votes will be tallied and the winners announced within one week of the the end of the voting period.

On behalf of the Board I apologize for the well- intentioned but flawed election attempt and hope that all future PFHT elections will indeed be crystal clear.

Thanks for your understanding and patience, I hope to see you at the meet. - Mark
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An updated Meet schedule has been provided. Please see the attached image for a high level itinerary for the 2020 Field Meet! ... See MoreSee Less

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