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Thursday, November 6th, 2008 Posted in Jackhammer and Mini-Me 08-09 | No Comments »

September 11, 2008

JH    8lbs 10oz

MM 7lbs 4oz

I have been slowly bringing both of them down in weight and started showing them the lure, first in the weathering yard, then moving out to the lawn area. We have now graduated to one of the wheat stubble fields on the ranch with Cordi pulling the lure behind our gator (all purpose ranch tractor). I have never tried this before as a means of conditioning instead of just hunting, but jacks are scarce around here so one must get creative.

 

Both eagles have taken to this little game nicely. They fly hard and seem to enjoy the chase. JH is not as thrilled as MM since he never cared much for the lure anyway, but seeing something moving across the field is something he cannot resist. Today we have built up to multiple flights and soon we’ll be hunting.

Jackhammer and Mini-me 2008-2009

Thursday, November 6th, 2008 Posted in Jackhammer and Mini-Me 08-09 | No Comments »

Jackhammer and Mini-me

2008-2009

Jackhammer (JH) is my most experienced golden eagle. He is 5 years old and has caught a ton of game in 5 different states. He is not an easy bird to fly. He is a full imprint but not in a nice way. Having been sick as a youngster and being force fed medicine, he is not overly fond of people. He is very aggressive, is quite moody, and looks at everything as a target/food. Like I said, JH is not an easy eagle to hunt, but once past all that you get a very fast eagle that loves to kill things. Cordi said it best when she said JH has a completely different look than all the other eagles we have flown, like he is on fire.

 

Mini-Me (MM) has touched my heart from the first day I saw him when he was trying to grab me as I stood looking at him in a big flight chamber. MM is also a full on imprint with major health problems that I have talked about in other journal entries.  I have caught jacks with MM but he can be a little tricky to fly, as I never know when he might decide to come after me. But he does try hard at hunting and wants to be good.

 

So this then is the start of the 2008-9 hunting season for JH and MM 

Widow Nov 3, 2008

Thursday, November 6th, 2008 Posted in Widow passage female | No Comments »

Nov 3 2008

Widow

9 lbs 10oz

After flying Widow all summer and up into the coming winter she still has not taken anything wild. I don’t think that this is all bad; she caught many wild jacks in California so the skill is there. Widow has mastered the art of soaring, that is for sure. She can stay in the air for hours and has on many occasions. Widow is in perfect feather and our plan is to start her up in the spring again, get her in condition and release her. She is ready. I considered releasing her now but frankly she’d have an easier time of it in the spring, so that is the plan for Widow. We hope you have enjoyed the journey, so, until spring or as far as Widow goes, see you then.