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.
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.
Stone Mountain Highland Games– Stone Mountain, GA October 15-17, 2021
Georgia Bushcraft Gathering – Watkinsville, GA November 5-7, 2021
Annual GFA Field Meet– Hawkinsville, GA January 14-16, 2022
Georgia Scottish Festival– Blairsville, GA June 11-12, 2022
GON Outdoor Blast– Atlanta, GA July 29-31, 2022
Buckorama– Perry, GA August 19-21, 2021
2021 Annual gfa Picnic-monroe, ga
We would like to say a special thank you to William Harris Homestead for hosting our 2021 annual fall picnic. It was a great success starting with an apprentice workshop featuring speakers discussing regulations, trapping, equipment and coping. We all enjoyed a BBQ lunch followed by our fall raffle. Our club has several upcoming events from booths at the Highland Games at Stone Mountain, the Georgia Bushcraft Gathering, and our annual meet next January
2021 Peregrine Falcon quota information
This year’s process to apply for the Peregrine Falcon season in Georgia will be changing to an online drawing through our Go Outdoors licensing system. This is the same system where one may purchase normal hunting and fishing licenses as well as where you apply for quota hunts. If you have purchased a DNR license of any type then you have an account in Go Outdoors. The application process is as follows:
- Log into gooutdoorsgeorgia.com
- Click Quota Hunts
- You will be asked to Log In. This is done by entering your date of birth, your last name and the last 4 digits of your social security number.
- Click Quota Hunts again
- Look for Falcon under the list of quota hunts and click Apply
- Complete the application
If you do not see the option of Falcon on the list of available quota hunts please call the Special Permit Unit at 770-918-6408 and ask for Jamie Hawkins or Lt. Wayne Hubbard. Remember that in order to apply you must be a Master falconer or a General with at least 5 years of experience to apply.
As always, please call the Special Permit Unit with any questions.
Lieutenant Wayne Hubbard
Special Permit Unit
Law Enforcement Division
(770) 918-6408 | M: (404) 276-1733