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Raptor's & The Art of Falconry

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Raptor's & The Art of Falconry
After seeing threads about taming animals and hearing that the dev's were interested with the idea later on, I thought it would be interesting to include the art of Falconry. They could introduce several new animal types in the form of hawk's, falcon's and eagle's. The animals would be huntable and would act as competitors for small game such as rabbit's, rat's and any similar animals they might add. After learning how to tame a bird there are several ways to start the training, either by obtaining a just hatched fledgling, a juvenile that has almost learned to fly, or by obtaining a egg and hacking the chick once hatched. A recently hatched fledgling is less preferred due to the bad habits that can come from imprinting, and obtaining a wild juvenile is the most due to their already low survival rate and the ability to train soon after. Manning is also very important, it is the act of getting your raptor used to human objects and activities. A manned bird is much more calm and is least likely to panic and fly away.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falconry#Birds_used_in_contemporary_falconry
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falconry_(training)
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falconry_(training)#Wild-caught_birds
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falconry_(training)#Manning

Falconry Item's

Some items needed for training the bird after it has grown large enough to train, would be a leather falconers glove scavenged or homemade and a perch for you raptor. To train your chosen bird to hunt a certain animal you will additionally need a target to represent that animal, such as stuffed rabbit fur or a swinging lure made from bird wings. To secure your falcon while training it is recommended to use a light leather anklet with attached leather straps called jesses. A leash can be fashioned from any long durable rope or string and attached to the jesses, the leash can then be tied to it's perch or your falconers glove. When tied to the glove as opposed to the perch the leash is tied in a quick release knot. Another item needed is an ample supply of treats in the form of raw meat, these are used to imprint the thought of receiving food upon returning and completing other actions. A safety item in case you lose your bird could be a small transmitter that can be tracked, the same item could be used in a lot of different instances as well. To call trained birds from a distance falconers typically use whistles. Something I would recommend after sufficiently training your bird would be crafting a clothing modification in the form of a homemade leather pauldron to act as a perch for your raptor while in the field, it would act as an advanced falconers item. A hood is another hand made item that is used in training, manning and general use but I have been thinking about them. I don't really like them, but it would be realistic to have them but they are a bit goofy looking what do you guys think about it. Another reason would be that you would have to take the hood off every time you wanted it to do something. I don't think the hood would really add to gameplay and it would just be a hindrance.

Basic Training

To train the bird once large enough you would equip a falconers glove(we could call it a Raptor Glove) and tie your chosen bird to it. With small bits of raw meat in your inventory(which could be crafted with a knife and a raw chunk of meat) and your chosen target. I think the targets should be throw able items and would be crafted from animal fur(or feathers), cotton or stuffing, and a small bit of meat. For ground targets you would want to throw them low and try to bounce them across the ground, while air targets would need to be thrown in a high arc. Complete this enough and your raptor would start to attack and bring back the targets, the more you train it the father it will be able to attack and bring back prey and it would be less likely to fly away.

For advanced care of your bird a Mew should be built which at it's smallest should be as big as a small shed. A small building could be modified for your bird or one could be built either one wouldn't take too much work. They need to be comfortable enough by providing enough perch's and by keeping it at an adequate temperature. Additionally weather it is in the mew or in your home a comfortable perch should be made for your bird to rest, they could simply made from a tall stand with a wide top. Fur or another soft material would be stretched over the top and stuffed with a light amount of material for a cushion. These things would make your raptor healthier and much more calm.

http://www.spiritwind.cc/hawke/falconry/pics/Stains/mews19.jpg
http://rs472.pbsrc.com/albums/rr87/spisarchik/mews2.jpg~320x480

Okay sorry but I will have to double post because I actually broke the word limit, if anyone did you know it was going to be me rofl.
 
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Each type of bird would have it's own strength's once trained and the eagle's would be the strongest and hardest to train out of the group.

Hawk's-Hawks would be beginner raptors and would be adept at catching a general variety of small prey such as small game,and ground dwelling game birds. Due to the their small wing spans hawks are adept at hunting in cramped areas. They are much easier to train then falcon's , eagle's and other birds of prey due to their small size and not typically being specialized hunters. I believe Red Tailed Hawks are fairly common enough to act as the standard raptor they are also known to be one of the if no the easiest to train. They wouldn't prefer any type of meat to another and would require base equipment and training.

http://exzooberance.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/RedTailedHawk42037.jpg
http://www.badgerrun.org/wp-content...Wildlife-Picture-Juvenile-Red-Tailed-Hawk.jpg (Juvenile)

Falcons-Falcons are smaller physically then hawks and are typically specialized hunters with some preferring small game such as rabbit's and others prefer other birds such as water fowl or game birds. Although smaller, falcons are incredibly fast and possess advanced eye sight allowing them to spot prey from a great distance. Preferring open areas to fly falcons will speed towards their target and strike out with their powerful beaks. I think that Peregrine Falcons would make a good falcon for the game it is also the fastest bird in the world. These birds could be found nesting in costal cliffs, near rivers, cities and towns where there prey are present. Like the red tailed hawk the peregrine wouldn't prefer a specific meat and would require basic equipment but would require moderate training in falconry.

http://www.paulnoll.com/Oregon/Birds/Likely/likely-Falcon-Peregrine.jpg
http://149.168.59.251/NCWRC_QA/NewsReleases/images/Juvenile_peregrine_falcons.jpg (juvenile)
Osprey-Osprey are not typically used in falconry but this species is extremely fast and has very advanced eye sight, this widely distributed group have mainly adapted to hunting various fish. These birds would be found near rivers, lakes and coastal areas, their nests would be located on rocky areas or in costal trees or any available artificial platform near a large body of water. I think that a osprey would be a really good bird for a falconer that liked to fish or had a boat, you would definitely be able to collect a lot more fish. These birds would require fish for food and training and would require advanced training but basic equipment.

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/39342928.jpg
http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Volunteers/PublishingImages/Juvenile Osprey - Holly Niederriter.jpg (Juvenile)

Eagle's-Eagle's are much larger and more aggressive then their smaller cousins, most have adapted to hunting ground game and very rarely are used to hunt birds. These larger birds are capable of hunting much larger game, harder to train and manage they are not as widely used as other species. These large birds of prey prefer wide open areas due to their large size but are adept at taking out a wide variety of animals and can be very dangerous to humans. Bald Eagles would make a really cool rare raptor that players could find they would be able to take down almost any animal you send it against save for the largest ones and it would be able to do some damage to a player. They would nest in high up in large trees near water sources and would have very large nests. They would prefer fish as food and would require a larger falconers glove and advanced training. Golden eagles would be interesting to see a rare variant of the bald eagle that you would only be able to find certain times of the year.

http://www.calhouncountyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/bald-eagle.jpg
http://www.whale-images.com/images/500/bald-eagle-juvenile-130.jpg (Juvenile)

Owl's-A less used type of raptor for falconry is the owl due to being a bit harder to train due to their dependency on their hearing for hunting instead of sight. Although harder to train Owls are extremely capable hunters and have extensive hearing, they are also the quietest of the birds due to the construction of their feathers. These extremely adaptable birds are skilled night hunters and can fly silently ensuring that their targets rarely hear or see them coming. Great Horned Owls would make great birds for stealth inclined players, they wouldn't make any sounds when attacking and they would be able to hunt at night. They could add snowy owls as a really rare owl variant that could only be found in the snowy areas of the island. These birds would be found nesting in the coldest areas of the map in dense forests, their nests would be located high up in trees. They would prefer any type of meat and would require basic equipment but advanced training.

http://www.ksbirds.org/gallery/GreatHornedOwl.jpg
http://www.badgerrun.org/wp-content...ildlife-Picture-Juvenile-Great-Horned-Owl.jpg (Juvenile)

Once agian another gigantic read but I think falconry could add a lot to the game when they add animal taming and a raptor could become a valuable tool for any survivor willing to take the time to train one. Also there is the possibility of this happening.
 
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