California Hawking Club – Study Guide & Apprentice Manual

CHC Apprentice Study Guide

One of the most commonly recommended books for aspiring apprentices is often the CHC (California Hawking Club) Apprentice Study Guide. The book, which sells for $24.95 (the price is stand-alone from the apprentice manual but they are sold as a package as well; if you click the images of the books it will takes you directly to Western Sportings purchase pages) is a summary of falconry regulations in a study guide format. It intends to teach the information purely from a question and answer method.

The books table of contents is as follows:

  • READ FIRST
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • INTRODUCTION TO FALCONRY
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • RAPTORS
    • GENERAL
    • HUNTING AND FALCONRY TECHNIQUES
  • KEEPING HAWKS
    • CARE AND MAINTENANCE
    • EQUIPMENT
    • HEALTH
  • TRAINING AND HUNTING
    • TRAINING
    • HUNTING, GAME AND QUARRY
  • REGULATIONS, LAWS AND ADMINISTRATION
  • GLOSSARY
  • REFERENCES

As you can quickly tell by this table of contents the book is pleasantly simple and does not beat around the bush. It goes through one question at a time with a paragraph below explaining the answer. This is a great way to learn, although I would prefer if it was published with the questions on a single section and then a summary. It's pretty much impossible to "take the test" without looking right at the answers.

All in all, there's a reason this is a staple purchase and in most falconers libraries (if they haven't passed it down to aspiring apprentices already). It is certainly a must read prior to your test.

CHC Apprentice Manual

Unlike it's partner publication the Apprentice Manual is just that, a manual. It's written in a chronological order to help you understand falconry and it's processes. I personally preferred the Apprentice Manual over the Study Guide from a learning standpoint, although the Study Guide is much more applicable to test preparation. This Apprentice Manual sells for $16.95 standalone.

The table of contents is as follows:

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND DEDICATION
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • BEGINNING
  • INTRODUCTION TO FALCONRY
  • CHRONOLOGY
  • SPONSOR AND APPRENTICE
  • HAWKING CLUB CODE OF ETHICS
  • FALCONRY IN PRACTICE
  • MANNING
  • HUNTING
  • FOOD AND HEALTH
  • LESSONS OF AN APPRENTICE
  • RECOMMENDED READING
  • TRAINING LOG
  • WEIGHING & FEEDING
  • CALIFORNIA HAWKING CLUB: WEBSITE INFORMATION

All in all the CHC Combo package is probably the best bang for your buck as an aspiring apprentice and is a key piece of your study material in preparation for the exam.

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