Falconry is the ancient practice of hunting wild game in their natural habitat using a trained bird of prey. In North America, common quarry for falconers includes rabbits, squirrels, ducks, and upland game birds.

Texas, with its vast and diverse landscapes, offers a unique falconry experience. The state has a long tradition of flying passage birds.

In South Texas, falconers have access to Harris's hawks, and use them to hunt various prey across the state. Red-tailed hawks in Texas are flown on everything from jackrabbits in the west to squirrels in the eastern forests.

For those interested in large falcons, Texas offers many opportunities as well. The panhandle region attracts falconers with its prairie falcons, while the coast is a hotspot for peregrine falcons.

For more information on falconry and its history in North America, visit The Archives of Falconry.