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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

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2 weeks 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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1 month ago

John Mark Shields

Our Wingbeat and Creance editor Cindy Fry reports that the publisher who has been printing our Wingbeat informed her that they will no longer be able to do that. She has been able to track down a new publisher but they will not be able to turn the job around in time for the Field Meet next month. Accordingly, the Wingbeat will be mailed out to all members once the printing is done.

She also told me that she has only received one article from the membership. She can't edit and print the Wingbeat without something to put into it.

I know that there are many story tellers among us (i.e. Doug Garrity among many others). Please take some time to write it down and include some photos. I know that within our club there are hundreds stories out there.

Cindy creates a great publication, but she can't do it without our input. Thanks. - Mark
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1 month ago

Pennsylvania Falconry and Hawk Trust

UPDATE: The bird was recovered this morning in a fat and healthy condition. It's going to take some time to cut that weight back down and recover from the 6 days out relationship loss, but overall what a week!

A neat tidbit is even though the service didn't directly result in the recovery of the bird the local chopper pilots under directive of a very supportive and friendly Sergeant were permitted to run radio scans on standard drill routines for our frequency from the air. Obviously they couldn't run a special grid pattern for some crazy bird people but the fact they would even put it on the system to keep an eye out for us and call if any feedback was found was amazing and extremely appreciated. It would have made my falconry career a success to have recovered a bird via military chopper routine runs, hah! I can only imagine what they were thinking when someone basically said on the phone "Hi, I'm a falconer and I have a hawk lost on your grounds. It's got a transmitter on it and i'd like to know if your radio team can help" to basically saying "ahh screw it, let's throw it into the chopper systems and see what happens".

The bird was found by our own means not far from last known location but talk about some unexpected support from our local troops!MISSING RED TAIL in Lebanon or surrounding counties. A male RT was on his first hunt Friday morning and mobbed by a small murder of crows. The bird was pushed up and over the nearby ridge with the crows in tow.

The bird eventually found refuge adjacent to Ft. Indiantown Gap base and was located with a baseball sized crop by the time access was found/permission granted to the location. The following morning the bird was immediately located inside the edge of base property.

The base staffing granted permission for a search and provided manpower/guide with no reluctance to our surprise. They were very intrigued with the chain of events going on. Unfortunately the bird was isolated to directly on the other side of the starting ridge and inside an active training grounds with the "live fire" flags flying. The troops could not get us inside obviously until the live fire training was done which wasn't until today.

Currently signal can not be found where bird was last known location on Saturday mid-day. The hunt is still on though.

If anyone spots it please contact Brian Russell at 570-581-1988 or Greg Miller (closest to birds last known location) at 717-679-1000.
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MISSING RED TAIL in Lebanon or surrounding counties. A male RT was on his first hunt Friday morning and mobbed by a small murder of crows. The bird was pushed up and over the nearby ridge with the crows in tow.

The bird eventually found refuge adjacent to Ft. Indiantown Gap base and was located with a baseball sized crop by the time access was found/permission granted to the location. The following morning the bird was immediately located inside the edge of base property.

The base staffing granted permission for a search and provided manpower/guide with no reluctance to our surprise. They were very intrigued with the chain of events going on. Unfortunately the bird was isolated to directly on the other side of the starting ridge and inside an active training grounds with the "live fire" flags flying. The troops could not get us inside obviously until the live fire training was done which wasn't until today.

Currently signal can not be found where bird was last known location on Saturday mid-day. The hunt is still on though.

If anyone spots it please contact Brian Russell at 570-581-1988 or Greg Miller (closest to birds last known location) at 717-679-1000.
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