NEXT APPRENTICE COURSE – October 23, 24, & 25 – 2015
Our following seminar will be February 12, 13, & 14 – 2016
West Coast Falconry’s Apprentice Seminar is a comprehensive three-day course for the prospective falconer and raptor fan. The course schedule is demanding and intense while also being great fun.
Three days is not enough time to become a falconer. However, students that complete this course will come away with the knowledge of how to choose a sponsor, the time commitment involved, necessary experience and falconry licensing requirements. Our apprentice falconry course was developed to give would-be falconers as much information as possible to help make their apprentice years successful and rewarding. We put this program together from the perspective of our own apprenticeships; what information were we lacking in our early training that would have made our apprenticeships more fulfilling for ourselves and especially our raptors?
This course is also a good primer for raptor rescue volunteers and others interested in learning falconry techniques for research, immersion and enjoyment. During the two first workshop days, students will learn the basics of raptor husbandry, manning and training, the ins and outs of current laws and regulations, and how to make essential falconry equipment basic. In addition, students will be taken out on a hunt for the opportunity to gain knowledge of field etiquette and some hunting strategies.
While our course in and of itself will not make you an apprentice, nor will it find you a sponsor, it will give you a very solid footing in, and a better understanding of, the ancient sport of falconry. Potential sponsors know that our graduates will have a competent understanding of the basics of falconry. All materials are provided including a California Hawking Club Study Guide and certificate of completion.
Friday 8am – 7pm, – Breakfast, lunch and snacks included
Saturday 8am – 7pm – Breakfast, lunch and snacks included
Sunday 8am – 1 or 2pm – Breakfast, lunch and snacks included
* Study raptor biology
* Become familiar with the ethics of falconry
* Learn about the birds of North American falconry
* Learn basic husbandry, furniture and housing for raptors
* Gain knowledge of falconry manning and training techniques (operant conditioning)
* Gain hands-on experience
* Learn how to obtain a permit and how to find and choose a sponsor
* Study hunting strategies by participating in an actual hunt
* Building your own leashes, anklets and jesses in the afternoon labs
The fee for this seminar is $660. Minimum age is 14. The Falconry Apprentice Course space is limited and therefore reservations are on a first come, first served basis.
A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required. Sorry, no exceptions.
To register for the Falconry Apprentice Course, please call to check availability and then mail a $100 deposit, your name, address, phone number, email and dietary restrictions to:
West Coast Falconry
10308 Spring Valley Rd.
Marysville, CA 95901
This class is designed for the serious student who may be ready to make the commitment to become a licensed falconer. Nearly 40% of this course covers the federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to hunting and falconry. How these laws are interpreted is complicated but necessary to learn. All state falconry laws are based on federal guidelines and California was the egg from which these falconry regulations were hatched. The California Hawking Club Study Guide is a great tool for all United States falconry exams.
The classroom and mews are located at our six acre property in Yuba County.