Falconry, one of the world’s oldest hunting sports, is defined as the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor. No one knows for sure when and where falconry began but, based on pictoral records, it is thought that it originated in either Asia or the Middle East about 4,000 years ago. Prior to the invention of firearms in the early 17th century, raptors were used as a method of obtaining food. The term ‘falconry’ covers all trained birds of prey, not just the birds known as falcons.
Falconry is the most highly regulated of all hunting sports today. Permits and licenses are required from the US Fish and Wildlife Service as well as all states. There are rigid regulations addressing the possession, care and flying of birds for falconry.

Our Goal

The Georgia Falconry Association is a group of individuals dedicated to preserving the art and practice of falconry, as well as educating the public on the conservation, management and ecology of raptors. Members are expected to adhere to a strict code of ethics regarding game laws, treatment of birds and conduct in public. We willingly assist new falconers and those interested in the sport.

Upcoming Events

2022 Annual Meet

Stone Mountain Highland Games Stone Mountain, GA October 14-16, 2022

A note concerning the Stone Mountain Highland games this year. Members are welcome to bring their birds to the games but due to the increased risk for Avian Flu, please do NOT bring perches to perch your birds out in the open. You will either need to be holding your bird on the glove, or housing your bird back in their giant hoods when they are not on your fist. It is the 50th anniversary of this highland games so we want to have a big turnout from our members for this weekend, especially for the parade on Sunday.

2023 Annual Meet– Hawkinsville, GA January 13-16, 2023