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Best Falconry Books to Read

Here is a list of the best Falconry books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Falconry and Hawking: The Essential Handbook – Including Equipment, Training and Health (2014)

Best Falconry Books to ReadFalconry & Hawking (recommended)The Essential Handbook – Including Equipment, Training, Health and More Discover everything you need to know about Falconry and Hawking from Philip Golding, a true master. Inside you’ll understand exactly what you need to know in this wonderful sport. This Highly Recommended Book Includes everything below (and more…)  Highly Regarded:If you are just starting out in the world of falconry and hawking this is a ‘must read’ book full of useful information that is easy to follow and…
Author(s): Philip Golding

2. The Falconer’s Apprentice (The Falconer’s Apprentice Series) (2002)

Best Falconry Books to ReadA Falconer’s Guide to Training the Passage Red-tailed Hawk. A book for apprentice falconers wanting to know the basics of becoming a falconer. Shows a beginner falconer a step-by-step approach how to train a wild caught hawk to hunt; hawks are not pets. This is one of the most popular and widely referenced books on falconry focused on the falconry apprentice. The author is a licensed master falconer with over forty years of falconry experience – the vast majority of it spent in the pleasant company of passage red-tailed hawks….
Author(s): William C. Oakes

3. Peregrine Spring: A Master Falconer’s Extraordinary Life with Birds of Prey (2017)

Best Falconry Books to ReadNow in paperback! A New York Times eBook bestsellerWinner of the Best Book of 2016, New England Outdoor Writers AssociationForeword by bestselling authors Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas85 million people in the U.S. are interested in birds and birding.Peregrine Spring gives readers a new perspective on the relationship between humans and the natural world. Cowan’s raptors have immersed her so much into their world that she has found herself courted by a Goshawk and bossed about by a Harris’ Hawk. The book carries her readers along, so they, too, meet hawks and falcons in ways they…
Author(s): Nancy Cowan , Sy Montgomery, et al.

4. Falconry Manual (1984)

Best Falconry Books to ReadA Falconry Manual is a comprehensive, extensively updated version of his out of print book- Hawks, Falcons and Falconry (Hancock House 1976) and The Compleat Falconer (Hancock House 1992).Drawing on over 50 years of field experience and research, Beebe presents an exhaustive summary of the behavior, capture, and training of the-birds-of-prey. It was Beebe’s field studies and practical experience that led to his pioneering successes in breeding captive falcons in the early 1960s. His artistic talents not only contribute to the concise illustrations…
Author(s): Frank L. Beebe

5. Desert Hawking II Updated (2014)

Best Falconry Books to ReadDesert Hawking II is a classic among falconry books, one you don’t want to live without. The book enjoys many ground-breaking claims to fame. It is the first American book written by an avid falconer, Harry McElroy, who has succeeded with many raptor species and who hunts every day. Other firsts include treating quail as a primary quarry and the Cooper’s hawk as a manageable, useful hunting hawk. Desert Hawking II popularized the Harris’s hawk in American falconry and introduced it to the rest of the world. Finally, Kenneth Tuttle’s chapter debuted the Sharp-shinned hawk. This updated, expanded masterpiece is even better…
Author(s): Harry McElroy

6. The Falconer’s Logbook (The Falconer’s Apprentice Series) (2010)

Best Falconry Books to ReadThe Falconer’s Log Book is an indispensable aid in caring for and training a hunting raptor. It shows a simple but effective graphing system that will quickly show the falconer what is the ideal flight weight for each raptor. It also makes it easier to identify dangerous situations and conditions so they can be avoided in the future. Every apprentice falconer needs to learn how to balance food quantity and quality with overnight temperatures and conditioning. Every master falconer is highly skilled in this aspect of the sport….
Author(s): William C. Oakes

7. CALIFORNIA HAWKING CLUB APPRENTICESHIP MANUAL (2012)

Best Falconry Books to ReadApprenticeship Manual by the California Hawking Club. A Starter Guide for the Prospective Falconer. Includes basic principles, plain and simple. This booklet has the information on which the questions in the companion Apprentice Study Guide are based. Every aspect of the nuts and bolts of falconry is here, including photographs of all the equipment needed, with full descriptions of each item and its use in falconry. This is a must-have for each and every beginner. Includes an essential reading list and suppliers in the U.S.A. 4th edition, 8.5″ x 11″, softbound, 41 pages, black-and-white…
Author(s): California Hawking Club, Inc

8. Hawking & Falconry for Begginers (2017)

Best Falconry Books to ReadAn introductory guide to falconry and training your first bird. Does the sight of a soaring bird of prey make you catch your breath ? Does the world of falconry intrigue you ? Perhaps you are considering taking up this ancient sport ? Well, don’t at least not until you read Hawking and Falconry for Beginners, a comprehensive, and easily understood guide for beginners. New falconers must ensure they are prepared for the long-term and resounding commitment entailed in practising this sport to a high standard. This book will guide you through the basics of choosing an appropriate species to begin, building…
Author(s): Adrian Hallgarth

9. Falconry Equipment- A guide to making and using falconry gear (2015)

Best Falconry Books to ReadA guide to making and using falconry equipment, with illustrations, photos, and text. This is the new 2nd, Updated and Revised edition….
Author(s): Bryan Kimsey, Jim Hodge

10. Raptors in Captivity: guidelines for care & management (2018)

Best Falconry Books to ReadA first-of-its-kind resource, Raptors in Captivity is designed as a reader-friendly reference tool covering a wide range of topics from choosing a suitable species, to housing and transportation, diet, medical care, equipment, training. Raptors in Captivity is the recommended US Fish & Wildlife Service ‘bible’ for the care and keeping of raptors in captivity — an incredible endorsement! If you’re a zoo, rehab center or a falconer, here are the guidelines for safely caring for raptors — and complying with permits. Covers a range of topics from…
Author(s): Lori Arent

11. H Is for Hawk (2016)

Best Falconry Books to ReadOne of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year ON MORE THAN 25 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR LISTS: including TIME (#1 Nonfiction Book), NPR, O, The Oprah Magazine (10 Favorite Books), Vogue (Top 10), Vanity Fair, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle (Top 10), Miami Herald, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top 10), Library Journal (Top 10), Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Slate, Shelf Awareness, Book Riot, Amazon (Top 20) The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald’s story of adopting and raising one…
Author(s): Helen Macdonald

12. Falconry Notebook: Composition Book / Notebook / Journal ( 6″ x 9″ ), College Ruled / Lined Paper, 120 Pages for Falconry Enthusiasts (2019)

Best Falconry Books to ReadFalconry Notebook / JournalThis Falconry notebook is ideal to use as a journal, planner, to-do-list book, travel log or diary. Make it easy to keep track of your schedule by writing down your daily tasks! Suitable for both, children and adultsFeatures:…
Author(s): Kritwan Blue

13. Falconry – General Management, Mews, Blocks, Perches, Bow Perch, Bathing, Condition, Feeding, Castings, Imping, Moulting, Various Diseases And General Hints (2014)

Best Falconry Books to ReadMany of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900’s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork….
Author(s): Gerald Lascelles

Best Falconry Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some falconry books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Kings and Their Hawks: Falconry in Medieval England

Author(s): Robin S. Oggins
Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2004, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 259337

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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