Eat, Prey, Love: A Day with the Squirrel Hawkers of East Texas

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Falconry is an ancient form of hunting and sport, dating back four thousand years. Nobles and commoners alike practiced falconry, but nowadays, it’s a niche pursuit; in Texas, a little under 400 licenced falconers remain. This relationship between humans and raptors works thanks to a careful balancing act of hunger. Charlie Alvis, a falconer, explains that if one feeds their falcon too much, the bird has little motivation to hunt, and will likely venture off to a tree to rest with its full stomach, sometimes never returning. Read full article here

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