What is Falconry?

Falconry is an ancient sport of hunting with a trained raptor.

Researchers are continuing to unfold the depth of the origins of falconry, though earliest records date back to 3500 B.C. (5500 years ago). See the International Association for Falconry (IAF) for a detailed history of falconry across time and by countries and regions of the world. Most people think of falconry as the “sport of Kings” originating in England. That is certainly the heritage for American falconry, though our sport has evolved and is different from what you’ll find in other parts of the world.

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RAPTORS of FALCONRY
Peregrine Falcons (pictured here) and Harris Hawks are by far the most commonly flown raptors in modern falconry. In Oregon, we have a diverse array of raptors as our hunting partners, including goshawks, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, merlins, and many more species. Read more about Raptors of Falconry

HISTORY of FALCONRY in OREGON
Falconry has been practiced in our state for more than 85 years. While OFA formed in 1977, falconers had been hunting cooperatively with raptors far early. We have records of falconers in Oregon since the 1920s.