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1.) DParker - 04/17/2014
For some reason, when I was a kid I was fascinated with falconry. I had books on the subject and dreamed of the day when I'd have my own trained bird of prey. Alas, reality determined that day would never come. So I've allowed myself to live vicariously through this 13 year-old Mongolian girl and her golden eagle, even if only for the time it took to read the article. It's worth checking out for the photography alone.

2.) Swamp Fox - 04/17/2014
Great find! We should get PETA on that right away.

We have some falconers around here. I've never come across one in the field, but they show up at banquets.

Apparrently they have some pull, because the game departments have thought enough of them to make exceptions to the Sunday hunting bans for them.
3.) DParker - 04/17/2014
A little teaser for those not yet tempted to click the link:

4.) bluecat - 04/17/2014
I clickey. I likey.
5.) bluecat - 04/17/2014
That thing is big enough to carry her away!
6.) Deerminator - 04/17/2014
A bird in the hand.................
7.) Ventilator - 04/17/2014
you Mongoywiyans!

u broke my sheettyyy wall!!

southpark..in case u didn't catch that. lol
8.) DParker - 04/17/2014
[QUOTE=bluecat;18859]That thing is big enough to carry her away![/QUOTE]

Yeah. I'm betting most grown men couldn't handle that bird.

Awesome hat, too.

I was a little disappointed to find this at the bottom though:

[quote]Correction, 17/04/14: This story has been amended to make clear that three of the photographs depict male eagle hunter Bahak Birgen and apprentice eagle hunter Irka Bolen.[/quote]
9.) Ventilator - 04/17/2014
That is one season piece of huntin equipment! Saw several Golden Eagles in ND one fall when out deer hunting.