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"Morning Light Harris Hawk"
Artwork by Kandy Phillips
, GFA member
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Atlanta and Perry Buckaramas
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Annual Picnic September 20.
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Link to new Federal Falconry regulations is on the Falconry Laws page.

Roy Crowe's speech at 2012 Annual Meet
A History of the Georgia Falconer

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Communication
Along with this web site, the Georgia Falconry Association Facebook group is a primary channel of communication with members. Once you become a GFA member, it is recommended you request to join this GFA-members-only group.

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.

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.

 

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