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Do they ever lose they battle? Do they get killed often by the prey? Obviously a rabbit wouldnt be much of a threat, but snakes? And the you tube someone posted the other day had them going after crazy huge stuff, what all are they capable of killing?



They lose more than they win, usually. But, most of the time, that just means the prey escapes. Injuries happen. Squirrels have a nasty bite that has even been known to sever toes or tendons in the toes. Venomous snakes can be an issue, but it's pretty rare. Last year my hawk mugged another red tail and took his squirrel. She ended up with the squirrel and some puncture wounds on her upper leg.

MOST of the hawks commonly used in the US are reluctant to chase anything larger than a rabbit. Jackrabbits out west can weigh over 15lbs and it sometimes takes a lot of convincing to get some hawks to attempt them. It really depends on what kind of bird you're flying. For a Kestrel, a dove is huge prey. For a red tail, a swamp rabbit is big.

There are always exceptions. Hawks gain confidence from hunting with people who help them dispatch prey. Especially hawks that are captive bred. They'll sometimes attack dogs. I've heard stories of them killing turkeys, beavers, groundhogs, and even binding to deer, although obviously they didn't kill the deer. There is the famous youtube video of a golden eagle killing a deer. But, I think that's pretty rare, and it looks like a very small deer. Although, they will do it in the wild in some cases. And they do hunt wolves with them in mongolia.


But, you have to remember that a very large red tailed hawk weighs about 3 1/2 lbs. Average size is less than 3lbs. So, even a large cottontail rabbit can outweigh them. The largest eagle weighs less than 20lbs.
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Thanks for the answer


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Appreciate the explanations. I am all too familiar with squirrel bites. Ive been bit twice. Once in the thumb and once in the pointer finger. They crack nuts with ease for a reason.


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Couple of quick photos and another short video from today. He's doing better. Hoping to be hunting by this weekend.





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I am continually amazed and impressed by the beauty of this bird. The "Don't Tread On Me" facial expression...the flying sequences...and well, he's just a dang beautiful bird...
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Teague....that is completely bad a$$. Props to you for having the patience at this craft.



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He looks upset in the second pic


Teague
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Thanks, Guys!


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He looks upset in the second pic


I think he was hoping some food would magically appear under his feet.


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Not exactly what I had in mind, but Hawkeye caught his first head of "game" today.



Nasty little bastard will eat anything.
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Hawkeye caught his first head of "game" today.


I assume that's an opposum?


Teague
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I assume that's an opposum?


It is indeed an ole 'possum. Not exactly respectable game, but at least he's aggressive. It outweighed him at least 2-1.


Teague
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Starting to catch on.





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That squirrel looks like it weighs 20 pounds.

Very cool. He (she?) needs some "Deal With It" glasses put in place of the other thing.


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It was a big squirrel. We have a lot more grays up here, but 2 of the 3 squirrels he chased today were fox squirrels.


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that is awesome


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That is really bad ass, even if he does look goofy as hell with the head cover on. Nice diving hawk sticker on the truck.

Is there a specific hunting season with hawks? Obviously you're hunting small game, but I was wondering if there's a hawk season to go along with a rifle season, bow season etc or is it just up to the individual to find the land to hunt on?

Nice to see this thread get bumped, I was reminded of the hawk hunter guy just yesterday after I almost tripped over the biggest damn female red tail I have ever seen.



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Much respect to you sir.


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