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Ross
02-13-2011, 07:01 PM
These are pictures that my friend Lowell Washburn took on a recent hawking trip. We spotted a rooster in this willow thicket. Removing the jesses, also in my truck Lowells female peales and his finnish gos male.
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Me going in for the flush. The mailman didn't actually stop, but he sure slowed down for a look trying to figure out what was going on.
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The rooster, turned into 3.
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The flight looked like she should have it, but went behind the hill. She was gone for awhile , but came back before we could start to track her down.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/DSC_0185.jpg

Dakota
02-13-2011, 07:12 PM
Nice photos! Kate is for sure putting meat on the table!

everetkhorton
02-13-2011, 08:16 PM
Great picture Ross, thanks for posting. Better luck next time!

Squirrelhawkin
02-13-2011, 09:55 PM
Nice pics. I like that set up in the bed of the truck.

dliepe
02-13-2011, 10:35 PM
Wow! Nice falcon Ross! What breed of flusher is that Ross?thumbsupp

Heero
02-13-2011, 10:38 PM
Kate looks awesome.

Mike

Ross
02-13-2011, 11:22 PM
Nice pics. I like that set up in the bed of the truck.

Thanks Ev and Forrest.

Thanks, I built the drawers etc for the back of of my previous truck several years ago, fit this truck with little modification. Works really well for me.

Ross
02-13-2011, 11:25 PM
Wow! Nice falcon Ross! What breed of flusher is that Ross?thumbsupp

Dave, That's a German gray hair. Has a terrible nose, only can find pheasants visible in light cover.

Thanks Mike

dliepe
02-14-2011, 07:15 PM
Dave, That's a German gray hair. Has a terrible nose, only can find pheasants visible in light cover.

Thanks Mike

I've heard of them....
She is a lovely falcon. Now this is the second of the two correct. The one you started not too long ago. So no kite. only pigeons for these birds during training?
I wonder how the pure aleution males handle big game. Any flight weights for them. I'd love to try a pure A. peales tiercel if the weight was in the high 650's to 700. I'm sure they'd fly the lights out and handle the big ducks.
Crazy the amount of choices you have these days.

Ross
02-15-2011, 01:06 PM
I've heard of them....
She is a lovely falcon. Now this is the second of the two correct. The one you started not too long ago. So no kite. only pigeons for these birds during training?
I wonder how the pure aleution males handle big game. Any flight weights for them. I'd love to try a pure A. peales tiercel if the weight was in the high 650's to 700. I'm sure they'd fly the lights out and handle the big ducks.
Crazy the amount of choices you have these days.

Yes, Kate is the second of 2 peregrines I've flown this year. Rikka and Kate were from the same clutch of Lance Christensens birds. There was a sale pending for awhile so we did not pull them out to start working with them until early October. The idea was to decide which one to hold back for the breeding project, another friend was already flying the 3rd sister. Lance got them both started then I had them both for about 10 days when he was traveling. I started throwing pigeons for them. When Lance got back he took the one I now call Kate and I kept Rikka. I pigeon trained Rikka, Lance kited Kate. Rikka was the shining star, being larger, nicer and gamier. I flew her up until around a month ago when she recieved a minor injury in tangling with a pheasant in a fence. The week of the injury she had caught pheasants in 3 consecutive flights flying at 1050 grams. Lance had some health problems in his family and Kate hadn't been flown for a few weeks. He transfered her to me around Christmas. I threw pigeons for her just a few times and then started flying game. She has really developed into a nice falcon. Rikka is headed back into the project as exactly the type of bird he wants to breed from. Kate should be mine to fly for some time.

I flew a teircel of this breeding last year. He flew at around 680-710 grams. He was gamey and I caught some bags with him, but I didn't have time to gamehawk him and really see what he could do- I was impressed with his style. He is another hold back for the project. I am contact with the person flying this seasons teircel. That bird has been flying at 21 ounces, but now the owner thinks he may have been flying him a little low. I do think the males could make a very stylish and versatile gamehawk.

I remember a time where I thought having any peregrine to be an impossible dream, my don't things change.

Dakota
02-15-2011, 02:44 PM
Wow! Thanks for clairifying that for us, I was getting confused with the which one was which over the season

Ross
02-15-2011, 03:20 PM
Yeah Forrest it even gets confusing for me at times. First a picture of Rikka
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/7contheglove.jpg

Now another of Kate. These were both taken by Joe Spoo on Christmas day.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/8asecondbirdsnow.jpg

I have quite a few shots on kills in my camera, I will try to get those on when I have a little time.

Ross
02-15-2011, 11:06 PM
Here are some pictures of Kate on kills that I took with a small camera I started carrying in my pocket. First pheasant, she killed it in a long flight and I took awhile to track her down, She had been busy plucking
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/100_0055.jpg
Notice the frost rings around her eyes, About 0F with a 15mph wind that day
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First duck, this was January sometime and notice he still has some juvenile plumage
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dliepe
02-16-2011, 12:16 AM
Wish you luck with her. 1050......very nice. My female hybrid only 100 grams heavier.

Pedioecetes
02-16-2011, 12:55 AM
Beautiful pictures Ross. I'm impressed with her and what you are doing with her. She seems to be developing in a way to give her a good ending to her first season. Her future looks bright!

Dave, you mention Aleutian Peale's tiercels. Gerald Geiger of Havre, Montana has bred Aleutian birds for a long time. He regularly flies tiercels for the whole winter, mostly on sharptails, with enough huns thrown in to give the falconry some variety. His tiercels do well on grouse, he knows what he's doing, but is a very humble man.

dliepe
02-16-2011, 10:30 PM
Beautiful pictures Ross. I'm impressed with her and what you are doing with her. She seems to be developing in a way to give her a good ending to her first season. Her future looks bright!

Dave, you mention Aleutian Peale's tiercels. Gerald Geiger of Havre, Montana has bred Aleutian birds for a long time. He regularly flies tiercels for the whole winter, mostly on sharptails, with enough huns thrown in to give the falconry some variety. His tiercels do well on grouse, he knows what he's doing, but is a very humble man.

Didn't realize he raised aleutions. I've been following the exploits of peales tiercels over the years thru the different publications and the web and by some word of mouth. Seems like they are very consistent with regards to style and agression. Naturally great gamehawks and high flyers. The best reasons to try one in the future. I'd like to have a pure bird in my mew at some point, so the traditionalists I know will stop harrassing me.toungeout

Dakota
02-16-2011, 11:40 PM
The new tradition (last 20+ years) is the male gyr x peregrine is the best longwing for gamehawking period. You want a pure Peales get it from Lance Christensen, as he told me he knows the rock they came off of. Ok let the sparks fly.....

dliepe
02-17-2011, 09:15 AM
The new tradition (last 20+ years) is the male gyr x peregrine is the best longwing for gamehawking period. You want a pure Peales get it from Lance Christensen, as he told me he knows the rock they came off of. Ok let the sparks fly.....

Yup.....that's the last stop for me. It may be nice to experiment with some of the pure species such as the Peales tiercels , prairie females or gyrkins however. Those three have also proven to be stylish and effective. But for the money, consistency, time spent training and just bad-ass-ness, the tiercel gyr/peales is my last stop. I wish I could say that I'm a purist of the sport, but I'm not. I'm a hunter who likes to harvest game and I really don't care which falcon does it for me. My falconer side comes out as I really like style with high flights and hard hits. Each hybrid tiercel to the bird has become this kind of flyer/hunter for me.
I will start making them probably at some point out of one of those big peales subspecies when I retire. Then I can fly the ones I want, a take the pick of the brood.

everetkhorton
02-17-2011, 09:28 AM
Ross

Love the picture of the falcon & the dog! Thanks for posting!

AK Rev
02-17-2011, 09:38 AM
Great subject and photos. Ross has got a little high-stepping style himself as he flushes that rooster. Where is the photo of you doing a face plant or busting your butt on the ice? :)

Peales are awesome. As I left Alaska last year, 3 falconers had just taken eyases from the Aleutians. That is one expensive trip even from Anchorage.

Ross
02-17-2011, 10:53 AM
Beautiful pictures Ross. I'm impressed with her and what you are doing with her. She seems to be developing in a way to give her a good ending to her first season. Her future looks bright!

Dave, you mention Aleutian Peale's tiercels. Gerald Geiger of Havre, Montana has bred Aleutian birds for a long time. He regularly flies tiercels for the whole winter, mostly on sharptails, with enough huns thrown in to give the falconry some variety. His tiercels do well on grouse, he knows what he's doing, but is a very humble man.

Thanks Bob, I am looking forward to next season already.

Also thanks Ev.

Ross
02-17-2011, 11:00 AM
Great subject and photos. Ross has got a little high-stepping style himself as he flushes that rooster. Where is the photo of you doing a face plant or busting your butt on the ice? :)

Peales are awesome. As I left Alaska last year, 3 falconers had just taken eyases from the Aleutians. That is one expensive trip even from Anchorage.

This time i managed to step off the road without incident, I have a reputation for falling a lot, wouldn't be too hard for someone to get photographic evidence if they followed me on snowshoes.

I followed Don Hunleys emails on his peales that he pulled. The trip sounded awesome, if you've seen the deadliest catch you know the environment these birds are coming from.

AK Rev
02-17-2011, 11:07 AM
After I moved, I heard that Don's Peales died. I hoped that was incorrect info. Do you know?

falcon56
02-17-2011, 11:50 AM
I heard that two of the three are gone, Don's for sure. A group of us had dinner with Don and his wife in September, overnighting in Anchorage on the way to a fishing lodge, I think it had died by then.

AK Rev
02-17-2011, 11:58 AM
Sorry to hear that. One of the 3 falconers is a member online here. I haven't heard Eric talking about his eyas so that might be the other one. The third eyas was one that I personally handled before I moved. It's probably still doing well. It was a neat eyas.

Ross
02-17-2011, 12:45 PM
Yes, Don's got hit by a car and killed. Real shame seeing how much work it took to get it.

AK Rev
02-17-2011, 12:48 PM
That's what I heard but I wasn't certain. Thanks.

Ross
02-17-2011, 12:56 PM
This one were the tops of the cattails are sticking up I am probably on snow 4-5 ft deep
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/100_0086.jpg
She got roughed up by this duck quite a bit, broke 2 primary feathers.
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This rooster was caught during the Minnesota falconers field meet, they are a great group to hang out with. They even gave me a sweet Marshshall Scout transmitter as a door prize. Thanks MFA and Marshall!!!
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/100_0104.jpg

JRedig
02-17-2011, 01:05 PM
Great pics Ross, wish i'd seen your bird fly too!

Ross
02-21-2011, 07:41 PM
Since there was some interest in the Aleution teircels I thought I'd post a recent picture of the brother to Kate and Rikka that I flew last season. He flew at 680-710grams. Very nice bird, I didn't have time to do him justice. He should be paired up with a female for the 2012 breeding season.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/003.jpg

Ross
02-21-2011, 08:01 PM
The "unsung hero" of my falconry is Belle. With the recent warm up and melting of about 2 foot of snow pack, she is back to pointing pheasants in the open grasslands. I shot these pics of her on point the last couple times out. She is helpful in flushing pheasants from heavy cover in the deep snow and also with ducks from water, but as an open country pointing dog is where she really shines. Her grandmother Misty, her father Duke, and her aunt Brandy were some of my previous falconry dogs. Brandy is almost 16 now and long retired.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/006.jpg
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This spot we were at 2 weeks ago and it was a barren snow field. Where she is standing there was no grass visible and about 3 feet of snow.
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We have had some really great flights off points in the last couple times out , but no kills. Kate kicked it up a notch and is flying even better than before. I flew Rikka the first time in a few weeks last time out. She did really well considering how long it's been. I really enjoy hunting with a pointing dog and have it all come together. Get a point release the falcon and get a stoop. If the falcon doesn't catch on the first flush continue work the dog and get more point.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/013-1.jpg

JRedig
02-21-2011, 10:10 PM
Will you be flying through march Ross? How bad did this last storm get you? If only your out of state permits weren't so expensive!

Ross
02-22-2011, 08:38 AM
Will you be flying through march Ross? How bad did this last storm get you? If only your out of state permits weren't so expensive!

I plan on flying through March. We are still working on getting the out of state falconry permit fee dropped. Still spendy to buy out of state permits. Iowa's does run by calender year so if you buy one now it is good until next January 10th. If you want to come down for a weekend I can get you into some pheasants. The last storm was a mix of rain, snow sleet. Rain on top of the first 3 inches of snow melted it to about one inch of slush that froze, then we got about 3 inches of good snow on top of that.

Ross
02-24-2011, 12:27 PM
We had a big ice storm last weekend and I got out Tuesday and got some pics of hunting in the cover with ice on everything. I really should have stayed home as I have been sick with a sinus infection, but this is a bad addiction I have. First Belle on a twisted point.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/003.jpg

Then the falcon on her kill. I wish could say the kill was from a great stoop over the point, but we were flying a big flock of pheasants and they started flushing wild. The falcon chased some off and to a distant cover then as she was coming back more flushed to the same cover and she got one of those. I thought the pictures were cool with all the ice. The flight ended up 3/4 mile from the truck then I realized she had lost a transmitter and I had to go back and find that. More outdoor time than I should have had being sick.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/001.jpg

AK Rev
02-24-2011, 12:31 PM
Nice photos Ross. That last one, she seems to be saying, "Mine!"

It's tough being sick and trying to live normally.

everetkhorton
02-24-2011, 01:58 PM
Ross:
Nice pictures, the snow add a nice accent to the pictures. Thanks for posting!

Ross
02-26-2011, 09:26 AM
Nice photos Ross. That last one, she seems to be saying, "Mine!"

It's tough being sick and trying to live normally.

Bryan, She is one of those birds that prefers to eat on the glove. She eats and plucks until I get there then once I show up she spends more time watching me waiting for her reward, than she does eating. I usually give her a leg off the pheasant, the liver and the heart. I think she's saying, "It's cold pick me up and feed me already."

I really did myself no favors by hawking that day. I was as miserably sick as I've been in several years the next couple days. Finally feel like I might live now.

Ev, thanks

mosman
02-26-2011, 01:08 PM
Gotta say Ross,, the bird is good looking but I really like your dog. That is one good looking GSP, I think thats the best looking whiter ones I have seen, I like the big liver spot on the white..

dliepe
02-26-2011, 09:44 PM
Since there was some interest in the Aleution teircels I thought I'd post a recent picture of the brother to Kate and Rikka that I flew last season. He flew at 680-710grams. Very nice bird, I didn't have time to do him justice. He should be paired up with a female for the 2012 breeding season.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/003.jpg

Ross,
I'll take two!!!! Beautiful. Just love the coloration and size.

Also great pics of your falconry. The shot of the GSP in the ice ...just wonderful. Hawking over pheasant points is a real challenge but where I got my start out west. Still do it from time to time as long as the cover is right and the dog is trustworthy.......what great fun.
Keep the pics coming....great stuff.

Ross
02-27-2011, 09:32 AM
Gotta say Ross,, the bird is good looking but I really like your dog. That is one good looking GSP, I think thats the best looking whiter ones I have seen, I like the big liver spot on the white..

Thanks Terry,
She is quite the athlete. Large and pretty masculine build for a female. I hunt with a shotgun as well as falconry and she see's a lot of use. She is the third generation of this line, her grandmother, Misty, was my first purebred germanshorthair. Misty was truly exceptional. I had a litter with her and was able to keep track of all but one of her 9 pups for the first couple years. All made very good hunting dogs. I kept 2 they served me very well. Now Belle is almost 6 and in her prime, time to think about the next generation. I am hoping to breed her soon, if anyone is interested in a pup let me know.

Ross
02-27-2011, 10:32 AM
Ross,
I'll take two!!!! Beautiful. Just love the coloration and size.

Also great pics of your falconry. The shot of the GSP in the ice ...just wonderful. Hawking over pheasant points is a real challenge but where I got my start out west. Still do it from time to time as long as the cover is right and the dog is trustworthy.......what great fun.
Keep the pics coming....great stuff.

About the taking two, talk to Lance I'm sure he'd be happy to set you up.

Thanks for the compliments. This is the first time I've done a longer running thread. I have really enjoyed reading and seeing pictures from around the country about the other types of falconry people are pursuing. I am glad some people have enjoyed getting a glimpse at what I do.

Pheasants are the gamebird I grew up with. I love the trips west for native grouse and have got to experience other forms of hunting over the years, but still love gunning and hawking pheasant. I live in an area where I am able to pursue them almost daily for a nice extended season.

Pedioecetes
02-27-2011, 07:27 PM
Hi Ross,
I really enjoyed your thread and all the great pictures. Seems like you had a good season, in spite of the jumbled weather. Pheasants only really occur in a few places up here where they could be regular quarry. When I lived on the Montana border we caught a few every season. Once there was snow they were pretty decent quarry, plus I never passed up a workable set-up if there was a chance to put a rooster on the table. They are my favorite plains target with the shotgun, I can't bring myself to shoot sharptails anymore. Also enjoyed the photos that showed the terrain where you fly. I like that, it puts a marker to the stories. Makes me realize next fall I, 1) have to take some more pictures, and, 2) have to learn how to get them out of the camera and post them.

Hope you have a good molt and a good game bird hatch for next season.

Ross
02-28-2011, 08:41 AM
Hi Ross,
I really enjoyed your thread and all the great pictures. Seems like you had a good season, in spite of the jumbled weather. Pheasants only really occur in a few places up here where they could be regular quarry. When I lived on the Montana border we caught a few every season. Once there was snow they were pretty decent quarry, plus I never passed up a workable set-up if there was a chance to put a rooster on the table. They are my favorite plains target with the shotgun, I can't bring myself to shoot sharptails anymore. Also enjoyed the photos that showed the terrain where you fly. I like that, it puts a marker to the stories. Makes me realize next fall I, 1) have to take some more pictures, and, 2) have to learn how to get them out of the camera and post them.

Hope you have a good molt and a good game bird hatch for next season.

Thanks Bob,
I am glad you enjoyed it and appreciate your input. I would really look forward to seeing pictures and stories from you next season. Hope your molt and hatch go well also.

Ross
03-05-2011, 09:04 AM
A couple pics from this week. It was a rough week with me still being sick and weather fluctuations . One day it was 5F with a 15mph wind the next it was 40F and a moist balmy calm. You sure don't get much out of falcons on a day like that. Left my camera behind a couple times then managed to lose some of the pictures I did take between the camera and photobucket somewhere. Another shot of Belle:
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/2010-2011falconry002.jpg

Kate on a rooster, The initial flight was really nice she went up to around 700 ft. then chased some wild flushers to cover. Still had most of her pitch when she came back. Belle had been holding a point for awhile the rooster flushed a little early as I made my crunchy approach. Kate came in with a J hook stoop and did a nice bind. They fell over the crest of the hill. I called Belle to heal and started that way with a big smile when she chased the pheasant back toward us into a small clump of willows. She bound to it in there. It evidently pulled away and I saw it run/ flutter to the next stand of cover. Kate was convinced it was still in the trees. Ran around on the ground looking for it. Got her to come out. I had seen some fresh pheasants fly back into the first clump of trees so put her up and skirted around the little cover where I thought the rooster was. Got a nice point and flight on a pair of pheasants that got into a food plot 150 yrds away. Belle Kate came back but was drifting around some and setting her wings. Belle pointed again Kate was around 600 ft. but way upwind. I waved and she started to come over the pheasant held very tight in a clump of grass. I could see it's form as I waited for her to come overhead. When I flushed it was obviously injured. Belle broke and pursued the fluttering cripple to a screamed WHOA!!! The falcon stooped and the pair came together on the doomed pheasant about 60 yards out. Belle at least stopped and looked sheepish when the falcon got it. I guess the fluttering cripple was more than she could resist.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/2010-2011falconry003.jpg

Saluqi
03-05-2011, 09:11 AM
Great stuff Ross!

Dakota
03-05-2011, 09:16 AM
Nice pictures! Really crisp. I sure laughed when you said "crunchy approach"

Steve L.
03-05-2011, 09:16 AM
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/2010-2011falconry003.jpg


Great Picture Ross. Your snow cover looks pretty good on that day.

Ross
03-05-2011, 10:08 AM
Thanks, Paul.

Forrest, I am sure you know how loud it can seem on a pretty calm day when walking on that crusty snow- no being sneaky.

Steve, That was Tuesday. A very nice day for hawking. Wednesday was a cold, windy 5 then Thursday we had a warm-up and melted a lot of the snow. This weekend looks good, you should have come up. I plan on getting together with Morris.

dliepe
03-05-2011, 10:37 AM
Beautiful stuff Ross. What excitement there is when a falcon approaches the point. Luv it!!!!

Ross
03-06-2011, 10:55 AM
Beautiful stuff Ross. What excitement there is when a falcon approaches the point. Luv it!!!!
Thanks Dave, I take it no March prairie chicken hunt this year.
I managed to find the pics I lost in transferring. I like this one better than the one I posted
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/2010-2011falconry005.jpg

dliepe
03-06-2011, 02:42 PM
Thanks Dave, I take it no March prairie chicken hunt this year.
I managed to find the pics I lost in transferring. I like this one better than the one I posted
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/2010-2011falconry005.jpg
No Ross. I was called back to work for some essential certifications and other things came up as they always do. Next season we'll try again. Couple of years and I'll be out for the entire fall.
Will you be keeping her or will she go back to the breeding chamber? She's very beautiful. I hope to try a male in the near future. That and the prairie are probably my next two experimentations. I'll always keep a few gyr/per tiercels. They're my boys.

Ross
03-06-2011, 03:15 PM
No Ross. I was called back to work for some essential certifications and other things came up as they always do. Next season we'll try again. Couple of years and I'll be out for the entire fall.
Will you be keeping her or will she go back to the breeding chamber? She's very beautiful. I hope to try a male in the near future. That and the prairie are probably my next two experimentations. I'll always keep a few gyr/per tiercels. They're my boys.

As it looks now I will be able to fly Kate for the forseable future. With a couple of her siblings already held back Lance shouldn't need any more of that pairs offspring. Rikka was the shining star that would be a top choice to breed from. I hope to spend more time in grouse country this coming fall. I perfectly understand things coming up, I only live 5 hours from grouse and I can't seem to get there as much as I'd planned.

Ross
03-12-2011, 04:16 PM
A couple pics from Thursday, we had a very good day. Belle on point.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/March10th2011KatesDouble010.jpg
We started with a group of around 40 birds in a hedgerow. The falcon took her time going up. After she got a pitch I ran in and flushed. She stooped one and hit it just before it got to a plum thicket. The pheasant exited the thicket and went to a patch of cattails where several others had taken refuge. The falcon remounted and when Belle entered the cattails one flushed out the far side, Kate stroked this one down hard, I went over to see her in some cattails, there was a deep skid in the snow with feathers all around. Kate did not have the pheasant. Belle was on point on the hillside nearby. Kate got up and went off a ways to start to climb. I went over to Belle and flushed her bird. Belle and I went to where Kate had been on the ground and Belle pointed a nearly dead pheasant that I reached in and picked up. I planned to toss it out to Kate but her attention was on a soaring redtail and she wouldn't come down for it. We started to head back toward the truck, and the specking out falcon and RT. For awhile I couldn't see either of them then I could see Kate very high overhead. Another pheasant flushed and Kate made a long sizzling stoop leveling out and coming in for a hard bind from behind.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/March10th2011KatesDouble001.jpg

dliepe
03-13-2011, 12:37 AM
Fantastic flight sequence Ross!!! You ever doubled up before on pheasant?
clapp
I know you don't use the kite...........However......using Redtails to get your falcon up high.......that's innovation!crazyy
Gotta ask Hub if he's tried that one.

Dakota
03-13-2011, 10:58 AM
Now there is a thought..

http://birdcontrol.net/images/ghawk.jpg

Ross
03-14-2011, 07:24 AM
Fantastic flight sequence Ross!!! You ever doubled up before on pheasant?
clapp
I know you don't use the kite...........However......using Redtails to get your falcon up high.......that's innovation!crazyy
Gotta ask Hub if he's tried that one.

This is the first double for Kate, but is something that happens time to time in my falconry. With my first big longwing, a passage prairie, I doubled on purpose some. On a good day I would trade her off a kill and go find another slip and fly again, I guess I still had the austringer mentality of wanting to kill lots of stuff.http://www.nafex.net//images/icons/icon7.gif The prairie also was an extremely hard hitter, like they have a reputation for. Quite a few times she smacked one down into cover then remounted. I would flush another pheasant for her, but found that I could go back with the dog and pick up a badly injured or sometimes even dead pheasant where she had knocked one down. I don't like leaving cripples in the field. Sometimes the pheasants flew away and occaisionally it would be intimidated so the dog or I could catch it, but apparently unhurt and I could later release it. I flew the prairie 11 seasons and this would happen several times a season. Things like this happened a couple times when I was flying a previous peales, Diana, and also with Shota the big hybrid that died earlier this season.

The prairie also hated redtails and if there was one around she would chase it off or to cover before hunting. If she was on a kill and saw one she would leave the kill to drive the RT away. At least once after this, she came back with a pitch and I was able to flush another pheasant for her. I learned that if I gave her time she would go back to her kill and I could recover it. Having a falcon check to a soaring buteo or eagle happens occaisionally. Often going up out of sight circling and harrassing. When they come back they have quite a pitch-kind of nerve wracking though and often no flight left when they return. Happened yesterday with a roughleg when I was flying Rikka and I got a tremendous stoop from a tiny speck pitch, but the pheasant made it to cover.

Ross
03-19-2011, 03:34 PM
Once a year, for several years I take a group called the Kossuth County explorers on a falconry talk/demo. I took them out last weekend and they got to see Kate stoop 4 pheasants and Belle on point several times. It was kind of a warm spring day and Kate was a little heavy- no birds were caught. Still I would think a great experience for the kids. Here is a pic of my hawking party
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/BumblefootsurgeryandMarch2011falconry001.jpg
Warm spring conditions dominated the week and I had fun flying and got to see many stoops. The falcons seemed to enjoy the thermals and would remount and allow the dog to find another bird, but seemed to lack deadly intent. Also there was a variety of check to distract them with major migration going on. Finally last night it all came together with Belle finding a bird and Kate doing the classic peregrine J hook and bind. Season is definately winding down.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/BumblefootsurgeryandMarch2011falconry015.jpg

dliepe
03-19-2011, 05:42 PM
Another great pic Ross. She's such a beauty.
What's your best pheasant recipe? You'd be the guy to ask.ideaa

Ross
03-19-2011, 08:39 PM
Another great pic Ross. She's such a beauty.
What's your best pheasant recipe? You'd be the guy to ask.ideaa

Thanks again, Dave.
We do eat quite a bit of pheasant and have quite a few recipes. Though we eat game as part of our everyday menu, I like to cook "special" meals from game-to me it honors the quarry. I fillet off the breasts and bone out the thigh meat, the rest of carcass is used for hawk food. Unless I am boiling up boney meat to make soup or broth.
I like grilling best and the key is to not over cook pheasant so it stays juicy, really that advice holds for all meat I think. Hot and quick is how I try to grill to seal in juices. I experiment with lots of different marinades and glazes for grilling and don't measure when mixing them.

A glaze that came out especially good was a mixture of honey and soy sauce with wasabi. Grilled to a shiny light brown with a hint of green from the wasabi it is a wonderful mix of sweet and hot.

A Marinade that is super easy and still very good is using raspberry walnut viniagrette salad dressing right out of the bottle. Marinate at least one hour before grilling. This changed my niece who lived with us attitude from "I don't like pheasant it's icky" to requesting it on her birthday.

Smoked with apple or pear wood is another great way to prepare a lot of game-will get those people who don't eat stuff like that to give it a try.

dliepe
03-19-2011, 09:15 PM
Friend in Nebraska did a beer batter on some we wingshot and I really enjoyed those. Like chicken strips. That quick frying really left them moist and tender. We did some on the grill as well. Quick and hot like you said.
Best part of living a sporting life is dinner time!amennn

Pedioecetes
03-20-2011, 09:01 AM
Hi Ross,
This has been an awesome thread, it has been very enjoyable following your young falcon's first season and seeing her develop. She has matured and is set up for a very successful future. Your dedication is very evident.

After reading the last couple posts on cooking wild meat, I realized I still had a couple birds in the freezer. I agree whole heartedly about not overcooking game meat. I usually cut the breast meat into strips, season and cook in very hot butter fast as possible. My family love anything I do that way, including Mule deer and Whitetail. A bit of pink still in the center. My boys literally inhale anything. Sometimes I pluck duck's breasts before filleting, then cut the strips with some skin on before cooking. To be honest the older I get the less seasoning I want. Last night I took a plucked drake Mallard and a plucked Hun out of freezer and roasted them. As my good friend Dale so often declares, "an orgasm for the taste buds!".

Will definitely be watching for "Kate's" story next season.

Ross
03-27-2011, 08:33 AM
Hi Ross,
This has been an awesome thread, it has been very enjoyable following your young falcon's first season and seeing her develop. She has matured and is set up for a very successful future. Your dedication is very evident.

After reading the last couple posts on cooking wild meat, I realized I still had a couple birds in the freezer. I agree whole heartedly about not overcooking game meat. I usually cut the breast meat into strips, season and cook in very hot butter fast as possible. My family love anything I do that way, including Mule deer and Whitetail. A bit of pink still in the center. My boys literally inhale anything. Sometimes I pluck duck's breasts before filleting, then cut the strips with some skin on before cooking. To be honest the older I get the less seasoning I want. Last night I took a plucked drake Mallard and a plucked Hun out of freezer and roasted them. As my good friend Dale so often declares, "an orgasm for the taste buds!".

Will definitely be watching for "Kate's" story next season.

Thanks Bob, I would look forward to seeing a thread from you next season.

Ross
03-27-2011, 08:59 AM
Spring is certainly here. I have been flying, but haven't got any pictures until yesterday. Both birds have been getting airtime on the days when the wind drops below 20mph -seems like a lot of those windy days. Kate has had a tendency to spend part of the time ringing up buteos and gulls. Had to bring her weight down a little to get some focus back. Rikka has come down and swatted a couple Canada geese on the rump. I don't think she's really trying to catch them just playing. Loses a nice pitch to do it though. We have the "giant" subspecies of Canada as our local nester and they are paired up seemingly on every puddle in the grass. She is a big peregrine, but looks pretty small messing with those guys.

Belle has eaten something, vomiting the last couple days and I can see a cloth density on xray. So far I think its moving through, but I may end up doing surgery to remove it. She has eaten and passed a number of items and has had one previous surgery for intestinal foreign body when she ate a kitchen towel. Any way with her under the weather I enlisted my partner from work, Dave, and his Irish setter, Chloe. Chloe is almost a year old and gave Dave a great first season. Chloe is the daughter of a pair of Irish setters owned and trained by one of our clients. Her father is, I believe, the only Irish setter to be awarded a Versatile Champion title in NAVHDA testing. Chloe worked very nicely and we managed to flush a pheasant with Kate high and upwind. Nice long downwind stoop ending in a bind.

Dave and Chloe
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/HawkingwithDave005.jpg

Kate and her bird. No pics of Kate with Chloe in the picture. Kate isn't near as impressed with the pretty red dog as I am.
http://i546.photobucket.com/albums/hh439/rossdirksdvm/2011%20falconry/HawkingwithDave003.jpg

Dakota
03-27-2011, 09:10 AM
Great picture, such a good looking bird. How is the pitch? Think she is ready to try some grouse? Sorry about Belle.

Ross
03-29-2011, 06:32 AM
Great picture, such a good looking bird. How is the pitch? Think she is ready to try some grouse? Sorry about Belle.

Thanks Forrest, With the spring conditions both birds have been going up out of sight some. Not necessarily hunting from up there though. I would guess she was at around 700 ft. with the one in the picture. I sure hope to to get her on grouse next fall. Ideally she'll molt clean and fast and I can get out to grouse country while there are still family groups with young birds. Belle is recovering without need for surgery. She is a great dog in the field, but is a real bonehead about eating stuff.

Ross
03-30-2011, 10:55 PM
Well the answer to what did Belle eat turned out to be a T-shirt..I did surgery today and removed T shirt pieces from her stomach and intestine. She is resting comfortably behind me as I type this. Tomorrow is the last day of pheasant season so it looks like they will be safe for this year. I did get Kate out with Dave and Chloe again on Monday and had some nice stoops and she tagged a couple birds, but nothing in the bag. Time to put the falcons up to molt and get Belle healed up. Also looks like I will be adding another German Shorthair to the team next week. I'll post some pics when I get him.

JRedig
03-30-2011, 10:57 PM
Congrats on a great season Ross, here's to the next!

Crawford
11-26-2011, 02:41 PM
Once again great thead with fantastic photos.