About the Co-Op

In 1992, the USFWS passed into law the Wild Bird Conservation Act (PDF). The WFA, in conjunction with USFWS-licensed raptor breeders, established a cooperative breeding program in 1994. The Cooperative permit is currently authorized for European goshawks (Accipiter gentilis), European sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus), red-naped shaheens (Falco peregrinus babylonicus), Aplomado falcons (Falco…

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Sign up for Hunter’s Safety Education

Please note that if you do not yet have your hunting license and you need one (you were born after January 1, 1972), passing Hunter’s Education is required to get a small game license, which is required to practice falconry. Even if you’re going after the “no-season-no-limit” quarry such as starlings or…

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The Order of Things

Pre-apprentices and other interested individuals often ask for a list of what you need to do in the proper sequence to become a falconer, so here it is. Please note that if you’re reading another club’s study guide, things are done differently in different states, so stick by Washington’s rules. As…

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