Max here in Centeral Texas. I'm gradually going thrrough the process of learning what I need in terms of regulations, equipment, and know-how with the goal of becoming an apprentice falconer in the near future and acquiring my first bird (most likely a redtail hawk - they're common here, I like them, and everyone says they're probably the best raptor for a beginner to work). I've done some reading online and in books, but with no practical experience, I'm sure that some of my questions here may seem initially naive. However, I've joined the forum and a local hawking association with the hope of getting the knowledge that I need to move forward.