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patrick.miller20
07-21-2010, 12:09 AM
Here are a few photo's from our first field meet together. It was a ton of fun and ended the weekend with a squirrel in the bag. It really was nice to be able to spend time with other falconers and bring him to the hotel with me.


Hanging out in our nice 4-star room

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Loved hanging out by the pool with his buddies and working on his tan.

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Got our first squirrel of the meet on the last day on a great chase.

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Got us a really nice game pin for our hard work

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Eragon
07-21-2010, 12:16 AM
Awesome pictures!

I was curious about your hood. Is it a friction fit or does it open and close some how? Who made it?

sakerjack
07-21-2010, 08:14 AM
Awesome pictures!

I was curious about your hood. Is it a friction fit or does it open and close some how? Who made it?

It is a slip on hood, much like the Kazakhs use. There are no braces to open and close the hood.

REYNALDO
07-21-2010, 08:43 AM
ken is it just like any normal hood that the back is closed?

sakerjack
07-21-2010, 08:53 AM
ken is it just like any normal hood that the back is closed?

In theory yes but on most style of hoods you will have to modify the hood. Most hoods are too tight around the neck to allow "Slipping On" (when the hood is in a closed position) the hood for lack of a better term. I have made several Khan style similar to the one pictured as slip ons but they needed to be adjusted. Too big the hood goes on nicely but it slips around on the birds head as the second photo shows almost coming off the head. No offence to the hood maker( nice job on the hood, just needs to be a bit smaller size) or to the person who has the redtail and hood but that hood is too big. In the first picture it looks a decent fit but when the bird moves around and says rouses or bates the hood will slide around as the second photo shows.
I do apologize for getting off track on your thread.

patrick.miller20
07-21-2010, 10:58 PM
The concept behind a braceless style hood is it is all designed to be easily be put on and taken off. It works on the simple concept of barely holding with a small lip at the back of the birds head. Only problem though is it must be an exact fit to the bird. After about 4 hood attempts, I chose to just go with the best fit. It works for me because I only have it on him for a few moments when I am transporting him from his giant hood to the hunting spot. If you keep it on him for extended periods of time, you run the risk of him slipping it off or in the extreme case, possible suffocation although it is very difficult to do. The back of my hood is closed and all I have to do is quickly slip it on and it is done, no braces to have to draw. I like the style and ease of it but if you want it left on for extended periods of time, I recommend taking the time to find the exact fit.

patrick.miller20
07-21-2010, 11:01 PM
I also want to point out that when I did keep it on him for a longer period of time, he did not slip it off his head. Just rides a little further forward sometimes. Nothing really to worry about though.