Rabbit Hunting in Arkansas
02/26/2012 by Lanna Campbell
Have you ever wondered just how do they catch those rabbits? This video gives insights into professional gaming techniques used for rabbit hunting.
Bob Peavy and Cody Fields, members of the Arkansas Hawking Association, catch a rabbit in an open field starting with a game bird perched on a T-Pole. Occasionally, Beagles are used to assist in the capture of rabbits along with the Hawk. The beagles are released and chase the rabbit. The hawk will soar in sight until the prey is spotted then with a nose-dive clutch the prey into capture. The catch is retrieved by trading it for food with the game bird. Strict rules and regulations are set forth by the Hawking Association Commission on the care and upkeep of the birds and hunting practices. For information on becoming a member visit the Arkansas Hawking Association online.
Both Bob Peavy and Cody Fields have been members of the Arkansas Hawking Association since 2003. Bob is a Senior member and Cody is a member and Association Editor. Both share their insights into the sport.
How did the Association get started? It’s grass roots foundation began back in 1982 when a couple of Falconers got together for an annual meet. In order to become a Falconer one must have a sponsor who is a master or general Falconer.