Outdoor Indiana - January/February 2012

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Humans have kept and trained birds of prey like this red-tailed hawk to hunt other animals for them perhaps as far back as 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, which is when historians speculate the activity started in Persia. The leather straps on the bird are called “jesses” and are used to help tether the bird to the falconer’s gloved hand or to a perch.

Humans have kept and trained birds of prey like this red-tailed hawk to hunt other animals for them perhaps as far back as 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, which is when historians speculate the activity started in Persia. The leather straps on the bird are called “jesses” and are used to help tether the bird to the falconer’s gloved hand or to a perch.

Photo by Frank Oliver.