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Thread: Hello from Maryland's Eastern Shore

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    Default Hello from Maryland's Eastern Shore

    At this stage in life I finally have the time and financial resources to properly pursue Falconry. It's been a lifelong interest. My children are grown and my significant other is nothing but supportive of my new endeavor. She realizes it will occupy a great portion of my time but thinks it will be good for me so I'm ready to get started. I've been reading everything I can such as the Falconers Apprentice by William Oakes etc. I've familiarized myself with my state regulations and I am prepared to submit my application for my permit and get scheduled for the exam. According to Maryland regulations, I need a sponsor to sign the application before I can do either. I've reached to the only two listed within 2 hours of my location according to my states websites and both numbers are no longer in service. Does anyone have any ideas? I assure you I am serious and prepared to do whatever it takes to get things underway. I have a perfect location for a mews and weathering yard. Ample land to hunt and plenty of time to spend with my bird. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
    Beach Murph
    Berlin, MD

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    Welcome to NAFEX and I am sure some folks in Maryland will be kind enough to reach out to you! Best wishes on your journey into falconry!
    Deb Davis
    Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life. - Mark Twain

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    Hello and welcome! Just curious, are you absolutely certain you need a sponsor signature just for the exam? I know many of the laws vary by state and here in MA, you don't need a sponsor to take the test. My club had a meet a week ago and our state falconry coordinator was there along with a number of pre-apprentices, many of whom thought they needed a sponsor before taking the exam. They were surprised and happy to hear from him directly that was not the case.
    Diana Morrissey
    Framingham, MA

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    I wish that were the case but in MD, getting a sponsor is step one. They need to sign off on my application and then I can apply to take the exam. For what it’s worth I think it would make more sense for someone to take and pass the exam first. Having that under your belt my help convince a potential sponsor that you are serious.
    Beach Murph
    Berlin, MD

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    I agree completely. It makes no sense to me to require a sponsor to take the exam. You can't get a license with just a passed test, you need the sponsor signature when your facility is inspected/passes. At least, that is how it's done here in MA.
    Diana Morrissey
    Framingham, MA

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