Lets get this out of the way first so we can get to the fun stuff: Please make sure you have the proper license(s) to trap raptors, and that these traps are legal in your area. I am not responsible for your lack of knowledge on regulations, or how you decide to use these traps. Be smart about this. Falconry is a privilege, not a right. Don't be the person that creates a bad name for everyone else who loves falconry just as much as you do. I have included some of the methods that I use for each of these traps, but that doesn't mean it is the only way to do things, nor that it is a legal method in your state. If you're an apprentice, LISTEN TO YOUR SPONSOR!! If you are a General or Master, please set good examples for those that may be watching.
Now that we got the ugly stuff out of the way, thanks for stopping by!! I enjoy making the traps on this site, and I enjoy hearing from people that have been successful with them even more! I’ve been practicing falconry since 1996. Not only is falconry a dying art, but trapping raptors for falconry purposes is even more so. I don't want to lose it completely. Every bird I’ve flown, with the exception of one, has been taken from the wild. With the regulations we have now, it’s very simple for an apprentice to buy their first bird from a breeder, achieve their Master Falconer license 7 years later, and never experience trapping a wild raptor. There is nothing wrong with that, and I think it is an awesome way to make falconry accessible to more people. But I don't want to lose the art of trapping, either. And yes, I do believe it is an art. You can’t just go set a trap and expect to catch a bird. Multiple variables have to line up perfectly, and even if the bird comes toward the trap, it doesn’t mean it's a done deal. Many things can go wrong, and that is part of why I wanted to start this website. I want to eliminate as many things that can go wrong with the trap itself as I possibly can. I want to provide the best hand made, heavy duty equipment that helps people become successful in their trapping adventures. These traps are built to last for years and years of trapping - not just one season.
Over the years, I’ve used many designs of many different types of traps, and the traps on this website are designs I have come up with after tweaking other patterns over the years. These traps are the results of many hours of trial and error, burning up untold gallons of gas in the truck while looking for raptors, adjusting the designs here and there, and finally getting to a point where I feel satisfied with them and how successful they are. Like my sponsor said in 1996, "Paul, if there is one thing you remember that I teach you about falconry, remember that the smallest details make the biggest differences." He wasn't lying! I believe I've taken care of every detail, on every trap, that will increase the chances of these traps being successful the first time they are used. Just like no falconer is perfect, no trap is perfect either. But I believe these traps are superior in design and craftsmanship to many others out there, which can mean the difference in going home empty handed, or going home with a new bird. There's nothing worse than a bird landing on a poorly made trap, then watching it fly away, never to be seen again. You may only get one chance at that color phase bird, so don't go home empty handed, wishing you had a better trap. Will these traps work 100% of the time? No. And anyone that tells you their trap WILL work 100% of the time is flat out lying to you. But a quality built trap will certainly increase your chances of success, no matter who builds it.
If you're looking for something that is cheap, and "might work for one or two birds" before it breaks, these traps aren’t for you. I have put a lot of detail, the highest quality materials, and a ton of time into making each of these traps. I have made almost everything on this site myself, including the website, which is why it's plain and simple! I also include a heavy duty, braided drag line (130 pound test Dacron) with every trap that requires one. Dho Gazzas and Swedish Goshawk traps are sourced out as I am not a welder. The welders are two of my best friends, and they deserve to be paid a fair price for their skills. No corners are cut to make things cheaper. The last thing I want is to save $10 or $20 just to have a hawk break a leg, wing, go blind in an eye, or worse yet - to cause its death. Poorly made traps can, and do, cause all of these things, and they are frustrating to use. If you've ever watched someone try to put a poorly made pigeon harness on a pigeon, it can be quite funny to watch, but quite aggravating to the person doing it. Specially when the pigeon escapes from the harness!! Yes, I've seen it happen. Never seen a guy so mad in my life!!
Thanks again for stopping by. If you have any questions about these traps, or even trapping in general, please don't hesitate to contact me. Like I said, my goal is to increase your chances of trapping your own raptor. I'll help you in any way I can. Please order a trap or two, and go experience the excitement of trapping your own raptor!