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Nov 24 2009
Goddess of the Hunt PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 November 2009

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Kodiak resident Don Fox and his hunting goshawk, Artemis, visited the KMXT studios recently. Jay Barrett/KMXT photo

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            The ancient art of falconry appears to be alive and well in Kodiak, with at least three practitioners hunting with their birds of prey. Jay Barrett has this story on a local man who just got back into the sport after more than 30 years.

 

 

            The goshawk that Kodiak resident Don Fox has is big, even for an immature bird. It's not bald eagle big, but her wingspan is over a yard. Despite her size however, Artemis, as he calls her, weights not much more than two pounds. It's an appropriate name for a bird of prey - Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt.

            Fox captured Artemis this spring.

--          (got her                       31 sec              "I got her May 25th ... two-and-a-half pounds at times.")

            He says falconry is very different than other hunting sports, mostly because of the year-round commitment:

--          (24 7 pigeon intro       16 sec              "It's not like ... trap pigeons around town.")

            Fox says he traps the pigeons - of which there are an excess this year - because a goshawk, which is a forest bird, isn't skilled at catching such fast birds out in the open:

--          (hunting style              43 sec              "For a goshawk to catch ... ate the whole crow.")

            Not just anyone can go and trap a bird of prey and become a falconer. Fox says it takes a lot of time and study:

--          (regs                            55 sec              "First thing you do is ... free to go; trap a bird.")

            Fox says the only birds suitable for falconry native to Kodiak island are the goshawks. He says there are nesting pairs all over the area, including some on Woody and Holiday islands and out on the Coast Guard base. Birds from other areas can also be brought onto the island by falconers:

--          (when to get them       23 sec              "When you first get into ... because they're hard to trap.")

            One of the difficulties of gathering a bird - besides climbing trees to get the chicks - is fending off a protective parent. Fox says Artemis' mother swooped down and struck him four times.

            If you don't happen to live in Fox's neighborhood, you probably won't catch Artemis hunting, but he regularly bring her to school classes.

            I'm Jay Barrett.

 

 

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