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Old 07-02-2017, 06:27 PM
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Anyone here use eagle owls for hunting. I'm thinking of getting one for lamping rabbits and foxes. I've heard of big females used for foxes.
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:29 PM
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Anyone here use eagle owls for hunting. I'm thinking of getting one for lamping rabbits and foxes. I've heard of big females used for foxes.
Hi Aaron - forget it m8. I tried one at rabbits in 1985. They need really open ground as they are just so slow to switch on!

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Old 08-02-2017, 12:11 AM
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Hi Aaron - forget it m8. I tried one at rabbits in 1985. They need really open ground as they are just so slow to switch on!

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What about some other species of large other, eagle owls are a waste of time for falconry.
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:28 AM
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Hi Aaron - forget it m8. I tried one at rabbits in 1985. They need really open ground as they are just so slow to switch on!

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What about at night time? I'd only be using the bird at night.

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What about some other species of large other, eagle owls are a waste of time for falconry.
I've been offered an eagle owl chick in summer time and I just thought I'd like to try it on foxes or rabbits under the lamp instead of just doing recalls with an owl.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:45 AM
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With the greatest of respect Arron, You would be wasting your time. There is a good reason why you don't see anybody else using owls for hunting. If you want to go lamping rabbits do you would be better off getting a Harris hawk or red tail. I would forget about the foxes altogether unless you have a golfen eagle. And the level of experience needed for flying such a bird is a long way off for you yet . Atb Chris
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Old 08-02-2017, 11:22 AM
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Default Re: EAgle owls and hunting

Going back quite a few years now, there was a video of a Snowy Owl flying to a lure. It would better a Redtail outright. Would love to see it again. Im sure that would take Rabbit.
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:00 PM
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Speed is one thing, trainability and motivation to hunt is another, Atb Chris
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Old 08-02-2017, 04:35 PM
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It's been done before. Pretty sure somebody that used to be on here had done it and I once spoke to a fella lamping with one from what I gather they take a lot of work to get going and are not the best at catching rabbits anyway. The main problem is supposed to be removing the kill or not as the case may be. I've dealt with a nasty imprint red on kill before but wouldn't fancy a possessive eagle owl
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Old 08-02-2017, 04:49 PM
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In my experience its second rate falconry ,the bird just bimbles along and takes bunnies relatively easily if its dusk and theyre laying out on hedglines but you end up carrying the rabbit and bird because you'll struggle to get it off it,they're not aggressive like a red on a kill just possesive,as for foxes forget it

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