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No Bunnies on this Hunt

February 4, 2013
By Larry Claypool - OVO Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

For the second time in three weeks I tagged along on a falconry hunt for rabbits in eastern Ohio. This time we headed to another Christmas tree farm, Windy Hill Tree Farm, in East Liverpool, OH. Owner Greg Ludwig assured master falconer Mick Brown there were a lot of bunnies to be hunted. We just could not jump any on this day, probably due to a decent 4-5 inches of snowfall that blanketed the area the night before. I did, however, get some good photographs of Brown's Harris's hawk Zippy and apprentice falconer Mick Krock's red tail Zuzu.

OVO Pro Staffer Denny Fetty assisted on the hunt, as did Ludwig and Brown's other apprentice falconer, Rusty Reeves with Athena, his red tail hawk. Athena did not take flight on this day because of a successful hunt the previous day.

Brown also utilized his two miniature dachshunds, Zoey and Tippy, for this hunt. The longhaired rabbit sniffers work in tandem with his Harris's hawk. The dogs - usually - kick out rabbits from brush piles while the hawk sits atop trees waiting to attack its prey. Occasionally the hawk will spot other critters; mice, snakes or frogs and pounce on those. The red tail hawks did not hunt with the dogs.

Article Photos

Mick Brown with his Harris's hawk Zippy.

Read more about falconry hunting in the next issue of Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine. Also see more photos from both hunts on our Facebook page.

Fact Box

Falconry dates back to 2000 BC.

 
 

 

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