Falconry at McNemar House

Falconry is the practice of hunting quarry with trained birds of prey. It is one of the most highly regulated sports in the United States. To become a falconer, one must pass a rigorous exam administered by the DNR, build a mews (a facility to house a bird), obtain required equipment, then have the mews and equipment inspected and approved by the DNR. A prospective falconer must also secure a sponsor, an experienced general falconer, for a two year apprenticeship. In West Virginia, and most other states, the only birds an apprentice may fly during their apprenticeship are juvenile Red-Tailed Hawks or American Kestrels obtained from the wild.

I embarked upon my falconry journey at the beginning of 2016. In September we welcomed She-Ra the juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk to McNemar House. I am currently training She-Ra to hunt squirrels and rabbits.  She caught her first squirrel in October, and I’m incredibly proud of her.  If you’re interested in following our adventure, check out the blog, and sign-up for updates.