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    Default Hi from Wichita, Kansas!

    My name is Matt and I am an aspiring falconer from Kansas. I have always been a very big outdoorsman and traveler, and I feel that I am ready for the lifelong challenge of hunting with a falcon.
    A little about myself, I am an Army Veteran and first responder of 12 years now and I recently started my own publishing franchise as well. I have 3 kids and a wife who support all of my dreams and make life worth any of the crap that comes with it. I would love to become a falconer to have a rare skill/privilege that I can pass down to them.

    Ps. I have a cabin in Western Kansas surrounded by pristine hunting (pheasant, quail, rabbit, deer, coyote) that would become a hunting staple for me and a good place for meets
    Last edited by RodieTheEmt; 01-12-2023 at 10:55 AM. Reason: To add

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    Welcome, Sounds like you have a great area to hawk.
    Ross Dirks
    Pheasant hawker in NW Iowa

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    I definitely look forward to working bird's out there, the rabbit and pheasant population is insane!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RodieTheEmt View Post
    I definitely look forward to working bird's out there, the rabbit and pheasant population is insane!
    Welcome! I'm surprised to hear that game populations are thriving in your area, I haven't heard any good news in that respect in a long time. First rule of falconry: If you have good game populations keep it to yourself, that last thing that you, and the other local falconers want are crowds of non-locals flooding your fields. Oh, and sign your posts, you can setup a signature in the settings.
    Paul Domski
    New Mexico, USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saluqi View Post
    Welcome! I'm surprised to hear that game populations are thriving in your area, I haven't heard any good news in that respect in a long time. First rule of falconry: If you have good game populations keep it to yourself, that last thing that you, and the other local falconers want are crowds of non-locals flooding your fields. Oh, and sign your posts, you can setup a signature in the settings.
    Luckily I am the only hunter that can use certain areas around the cabin, but there is quite a bit of public land that is mildly hunted. And thanks for the tip, I have it set up now.
    Matthew "Rodie" Rodewald
    Park City, Kansas

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    Welcome, Matt.

    Reach out to your state club. Theyll usually be able to put you in touch with some people.

    Mike
    Hope dies last.

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    I actually got ahold of them last evening! I was told to build a 10x10x10 mew before they would sponsor
    , so I am trying to figure that out now.

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    Mathew,

    Another traditional size for a mews is 8' x 8'. It comes directly from using 4' x 8' sheet lumber. The other thought is putting the framing on the outside so the interior is smooth. Three sheets of lumber added on one side gives a doble door/tack room function.

    Regards,
    Thomas of the Desert
    Tom Munson, Buckeye, AZ
    619-379-2656, tom@munson.us

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    Welcome Matthew:

    This site is a trove of ideas, some better than others. See the Mews Picture thread under the Facilities/Mews/Equipment section.

    Two things I would suggest is to attach the weathering yard to the mews with the mews entrance through the weathering yard. This functions as a double door for the mews in case the bird somehow gets loose in the mews.

    Second is to have the perch at a height so the hawk's eyes are the same level as yours. Passage birds especially do not like to be on the ground when you enter the space.

    Best wishes for success,
    John
    John Dahlke
    "Happy is the man whose lot it is to know the secrets of the earth." Euripedes, 480 - 406 BC

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    Matthew, welcome to falconry! I am a first year general so I can't sponsor and apprentice.

    I live on the southeast corner of Hutchinson. I am currently flying a MRTH. He's a blast, most of the time. You are welcome to visit my mews and weathering yard to get some ideas.
    VIctor Wilkinson

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    Quote Originally Posted by VictorW View Post
    Matthew, welcome to falconry! I am a first year general so I can't sponsor and apprentice.

    I live on the southeast corner of Hutchinson. I am currently flying a MRTH. He's a blast, most of the time. You are welcome to visit my mews and weathering yard to get some ideas.
    I will definitely have to come out and check it out! I'll send you a PM
    Matthew "Rodie" Rodewald
    Park City, Kansas

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    For those who are new to Kansas, don't forget to research Kansas Walk-in Hunting Atlas. I live in Reno county and the last time I checked there were 8,000 acres available to hunt. There are 100s of thousands of acres available in Kansas. Farmers get paid by the state to allow the public to come in and hunt. Most of this year's property will expire on Jan 31. Some stay available until turkey season is over. Also, some Kansas waters allow hunting around the lakes.

    https://ksdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/w...63003607674413

    https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWP-Info/Loc.../Hunting-Atlas
    VIctor Wilkinson

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    Quote Originally Posted by VictorW View Post
    For those who are new to Kansas, don't forget to research Kansas Walk-in Hunting Atlas. I live in Reno county and the last time I checked there were 8,000 acres available to hunt. There are 100s of thousands of acres available in Kansas. Farmers get paid by the state to allow the public to come in and hunt. Most of this year's property will expire on Jan 31. Some stay available until turkey season is over. Also, some Kansas waters allow hunting around the lakes.

    https://ksdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/w...63003607674413

    https://ksoutdoors.com/KDWP-Info/Loc.../Hunting-Atlas
    Very good advice, the state of Kansas is basically all WIHA haha. I can't get PMs to work, but here is my cell if you want to call or text. We can set up a meet time. 316-619-7811
    Matthew "Rodie" Rodewald
    Park City, Kansas

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