How to Become a Falconer
In the United States, there are three classes of Falconry that a person can obtain:
- Apprentice (learning the craft)
Learn your state law
Falconry laws vary depending on what state you are in. The first step to becoming a falconer is to contact your state department of wildlife or game and fish to ask them about their falconry program. State game wardens usually know who to contact. They should be able to tell you their state’s requirements and laws related to falconry and where to find them.
Do research and study
Once you have the information on your state’s falconry laws, you need to begin researching falconry. Each state will have you take an exam that you must pass with an 80%. Ask your state falconry coordinator where you can take the exam. You need to study about raptor identification, habitat, disease identification and treatment, falconry equipment and falconry laws. There are numerous great books on “Falconry Apprentice” if you search the Internet. In the future, we plan to offer learning materials such as videos on this website.
Find a mentor
Ask your state falconry program coordinator for a list of licensed falconers and specifically any that have offered to be a mentor. Politely contact them and ask if they will help you learn more about what it takes to become a falconer. You will need to be a humble and gracious person because falconry mentors are not paid for helping you become a falconer. Contact the North American Falconers Association and ask them if there are any events in your area that you could attend or if they have any contacts for sponsors.
Take the test
Once you have a falconer willing to sponsor you, go take the test. Once you pass the test, your sponsor will assist you in constructing your facilities and your equipment. Once all your equipment has passed an inspection by a state game warden or other state designated person, you get to apply for a permit to go and trap a bird and then you are on your way to your new lifestyle of falconry.