I didn't actually realize that this was confined to a season...how do you keep the hawk in practice, if you can't do it in real situations?...also, do you have to just buy meat to feed during the off season?....
Some people exercise them during the offseason by making them do "jump ups" for food. I may give that a try. There's also still daily weighing which help keep them accustomed to being handled. But, when the season starts, there will be a period of getting back in form. It doesn't take long though. As far as hunting, he's born knowing how to do that. He may be a little rusty on how to work with me, but it shouldn't take much reminding. This will be my first time keeping a hawk through the molt, so I don't fully know what to expect either.
As far as food, yeah, you can buy rats, quail, chicks, etc to feed if you need them. Right now, I think I have enough rabbits in the freezer to last until the season opens again on oct 1.
This post was edited on 4/3 at 6:54 am