Is falconry legal in California?

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    Yes, falconry is legal but only if you have a falconry license and adhere to the regulations. In order to get a license you must take and pass a written test, find a sponsor falconer to train you in an apprenticeship (usually a year or two in length), and prove to the California Game and Fish Department that you have the proper facility to house a raptor. Upon completing this process you will be legally allowed to own and use a bird of prey for hunting purposes. While these laws seem very strict and can certainly be a hassle, they are purely set in place in order to protect the birds from abuse. Joining a club is a great way to share this experience with fellow falconers who all share a love for keeping falconry as an art form. Actually, California is home to the United States largest and most renown falconry clubs, the California Hawking Club.

    Yes, falconry is legal but only if you have a falconry license and adhere to the regulations. In order to get a license you must take and pass a written test, find a sponsor falconer to train you in an apprenticeship (usually a year or two in length), and prove to the California Game and Fish Department that you have the proper facility to house a raptor. Upon completing this process you will be legally allowed to own and use a bird of prey for hunting purposes. While these laws seem very strict and can certainly be a hassle, they are purely set in place in order to protect the birds from abuse. Joining a club is a great way to share this experience with fellow falconers who all share a love for keeping falconry as an art form. Actually, California is home to the United States largest and most renown falconry clubs, the California Hawking Club.

     

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