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.
2022 Annual Meet-January 14-16, 2022
The 2022 Annual Meet was again be held in Watkinsville, Ga over MLK weekend- January 14-16, 2022. While we had a smaller turnout compared to past years due to Covid, we had a great meet. Once again we had access to some amazing properties in and around Hawkinsville. All of the birds found and chased game and all came home at the end of the day . The banquet and raffle at the Steakhouse was enjoyed by all.
We wanted to say a sincere thank you to all of the falconry businesses that were so generous with their donations for our raffle this year. We received some amazing products from Gun Dog Supply, Mike’s Falconry, National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, Northwoods Falconry, Rodent Pro and Western Sporting.
And we wanted to thank all of the private landowners that graciously allowed our members and guests access to their beautiful properties again this year. THANK YOU!
Bird Day, Macon Museum of Arts and Science– June 11, 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
Stone Mountain Highland Games– Stone Mountain, GA October 14-16, 2022