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Falconry

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Falconry Administration

 

The sport of falconry (the use of raptors to obtain game animals) began in the 7th century and at times was restricted to the noblest of cultures.  Historically, the effect of taking raptors from the wild has little impact to species abundance.  Raptor populations were presumed to be at carrying capacity and falconers harvested only the number of birds that would be lost naturally before reaching breeding age.  But as human populations and human induced population declines of raptors species increased (i.e. the use of DDT), most countries around the world began to regulate falconry.

All North American raptors are protected by federal and state laws including: the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Lacey Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Airborne Hunting Act, and various state statutes. Some of these federal laws allow the states to regulate the capture, possession, and use of raptors in Sport Falconry.  Falconry in Arizona is defined as "the sport of hunting or taking quarry with a trained raptor." The Arizona Game and Fish Department regulates the use of North American Raptors in Sport Falconry through state statutes, Arizona Game and Fish Commission Rules and Orders.  These include:

 
Looking for more falconry information?

If you are interested in Sport Falconry or becoming a falconer, visit the:

Once you have followed the guidance and completed the necessary steps to become a falconer, you can start your Sport Falconry License Application.

 

New Falconry Reference Documents for Transition to New Federal Falconry Rules:

Effective January 1, 2013

 
 
Related AZGFD Info
- Arizona Wildlife Raptors
- Raptor Managment Projects
- Raptor Species Accounts
- Raptors of Arizona Poster

Raptors of Arizona Poster
- Arizona State Wildlife Action Plan
 
External Resources [More]
- Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation
- North American Bird Banding Lab
- The Peregrine Fund
- Raptor Research Foundation
- Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee
- Wild At Heart
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