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Name?

Chub (named after my Dad)


Falconer?

Mitch Wishon


Species?

Albidus Goshawk


Sex?

Male


Hunting weight?

800 grams


Age?

This is his second season


Wild trapped, or captive bred?

Parent reared


Trapping story, or info about acquisition?

Drove to Iowa and picked up from Lance Christensen's project


Training?

Kept him hooded a lot early on to avoid stress, while tame training him to the lure and such.  Then I just started hunting him.  He was slow to come around, not catching his first head of game until December.


Hunting style?

Hunts from the fist


Preferred habitat?

As open of stuff as I can find to fly with game in it.


Typical quarry?

Rabbit, quail, ducks, and pheasants


Favorite quarry to hawk, and why?

Pheasants!  I love hawking pheasant because I am able to see my GSP Mausie doing what she loves so much.  Also, it gives Chub some long and challenging flights, at which he really excels.


Bird's favorite quarry to hawk?

Ducks.  He likes that dark, red meat.


How is the season going?

Chub has started off a little slow this season, but has managed to put a few ducks in the bag.  no flights on quail or pheasant yet.  We need some cold weather to really get him going good.


Favorite hawking story?

Chub had gotten kicked off some ducks over the past week, so this day I had him extra hungry but still very strong.  Rob Rainey and I worked our way down the creek and spotted several Mallards where we could get a flight.  As we were sneaking up to the creek the ducks busted off and Chub was on them so fast they bailed back in the water.  He went in after them and had his tail wet, while setting on the edge of the creek.  We rushed the ducks for the flush and they were off, I did not think he had much of a chance being wet, but to our surprise he was soon flying a little behind and to the side of one of the big drake mallards.  It just hurt me when he rolled over to grab the duck, but only came up with a foot full of feathers losing momentum and dropping back behind the fleeing duck, but he was not done yet.  He kicked in that extra gear that these white birds are know for and was soon closing the gap on the drake that was flying hard and fast and now starting to climb.  Chub Skied right up snagged him out of the air plummeting to the ground wings flapping and dust flying.  The flight had taken them over an 8-foot chain link and I was a little concerned as I ran that way, before I got to the fence the drake broke loose and was now flying through some large road building equipment that was on the other side of the fence with my gos right on his tail.  Again, the duck tried to fly up and over some equipment and Chub flew up grabbing him and taking him to the ground.  By now I was hanging on the fence trying to get over and half aggravated at Rob for not being over there yet to help me over the fence.  To Rob’s defense, he was just enjoying the flight and taking it all in.  About then Rob hollered out the drake had busted free and Chub is back after him.  I did not see the end of the flight, but Rob said he went on to catch and release the duck again before finally holding the big mallard.  This bird seems to enjoy playing catch and release, as frustrating as that can be, it sometimes makes for some exciting flights!


Anything else?

Chub is one of the most pleasant falconry birds I have ever handled.  He continues to get tamer each day and less distracted by strange things around the field.  He seems to be good to go whenever and where ever I want to take him.  This is much different than the North American Goshawks I have flown.  Especially the tiercel who would often get what I would refer to as "wild eyed" when flown out of his daily routine.

 
 

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