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bohlander
02-15-2015, 06:57 PM
Actually, I'm back on NAFEX after a several year hiatus. I've been a falconer for 50 years and have actively hawked for all but one of those years. My main interest is passage goshawks, but I've also flown a number of imprint goshawks as well as many other types of raptors. I'm currently flying a once inter-mewed passage female gos I trapped in October 2013. She's average in size and flys at 930-950 grams. I just ended my sixth season flying Eva, a sixth season female gos I bred in my "backyard" project in 2009. Both birds are successful game hawks and have successfully caught ducks, rabbits and pheasant in that order in terms of quantity. I also enjoy "orchestrating" flights at pheasant with the passage gos and a Brittany (when we can find pheasants here in Minnesota).
Ben Ohlander

FredFogg
02-15-2015, 07:15 PM
Welcome back Ben, we can't have too many goshawkers on here in my opinion! Post some pics of your birds!

bohlander
02-15-2015, 09:38 PM
Don't appear to have permissions needed to post pictures at this time.
Ben Ohlander

Ross
02-15-2015, 10:04 PM
Welcome Ben, I am looking forward to hawking with you- It's coming up fast. Be great to have someone of your experience commenting on here.

oobie
02-15-2015, 10:14 PM
Hey Ben. Photo bucket is handy for posting photos.

bohlander
02-15-2015, 10:39 PM
I also looking forward to learning new skills as applied to keeping and hunting goshawks...my favorite subject.
Ben Ohlander

bohlander
02-15-2015, 10:40 PM
I'll take a look at the site. Thanks.
Ben

JRedig
02-16-2015, 01:13 AM
Hi from MT, Ben. Welcome back!! Hope you're having more favorable hawking weather than we have had...60 degrees isn't exactly great for goshawking!

bohlander
02-16-2015, 10:13 AM
Good to hear from you, Jeff. For me, pheasants & bunnies have been scarce. Passage gos has caught ducks, bunnies & pheasant. Eva, ducks & bunnies this season. Hope all is well in Montana!
Ben

ukroper
02-16-2015, 01:53 PM
(welc)Nice to 'see' ya again Ben !!:D

Tasha55403
02-16-2015, 03:14 PM
Hey Ben! Good to hear from you! Hope the meet is going good, wish I coulda been there:)

Dennis Samnee
02-16-2015, 08:04 PM
Hi Ben,
Used to talk to you on hawk list yrs ago I believe.Wish I could trap goshawks here in mid east mo.Thats why I'm learning to breed my own too.
Good to see you back
Dennis

bohlander
02-16-2015, 10:18 PM
Photos are interesting. Not sure when & where. Good to hear from you all.
Ben

bohlander
02-20-2015, 11:59 AM
Hey Ben! Good to hear from you! Hope the meet is going good, wish I coulda been there:)

Tasha,Good to hear from you! Hope all is well. Your article in American Falconry was pretty cool!
Ben

ukroper
02-20-2015, 01:14 PM
Major meet,Worthington..:D

Tasha55403
02-20-2015, 03:49 PM
Thanks Ben! :) That was at the Islands, btw :) A little patch I'd never tried before that. And never after, either, lol. Not quite as exciting as Kellner's redtail pulling one out of hole, but it got my heart pumping just the same :)