MFHT supports Sportsman Alliance and Cabela’s 

Representatives from the MFHT were present with their birds at today’s event, run by Diane Welch and the Sportsman’s Alliance at Cabela’s. Birds of Prey and conservation were the focus of the talk.

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MFHT at Westford Sportsman’s Club Open House 

The Westford Sportsmen’s Club welcomed the public to its 200 acre facility on Sept 26th. The MFHT was well represented with Kim Meiners and her kestrel, Damian Folch and his peregrine and Diane Welch and her red tail.  They set up an informational table on the sport and history of falconry. 



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Local Falconer Dave Peltier helps rescue an injured hawk

Falconers often receive phone calls to help with injured or sick birds of prey from residents and wildlife agencies.  Check out the story below about the rescue.


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Falcon released at MassWildlife with help of master falconer

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Master falconer and club liaison, Bill Johnston, helped care and train a peregrine falcon for release in partnership with Tufts Wildlife Clinic and MassWildlife..way to go!

From Masswildife:  In October, a Peregrine Falcon was found in Lawrence with an injured foot and transported to Bernice Barbour Wildlife Center. Bill Johnston, a Master Falconer, then cared for and trained the bird using falconry techniques to help the bird regain her strength. At the beginning of this month, the bird was released back into the wild outside our Field Headquarters in Westborough. To learn more about Peregrine Falcons in MA, visit

See more pics of the release:  MetroWest article & pics

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MFHT at the NWTF Women in the Outdoors Event!

The Massachusetts Falconry & Hawk Trust had several members attend and run informational sessions about falconry at the National Wildlife Turkey Federation’s “Women in the Outdoors” event this July.  Diane Welch, Kim Meiners, Michael Meade and Rita Tulloh (NH falconers) shared their stories, experiences and up close view of their hunting partners.  It was a great event with over 50 volunteers and 100 attendees.

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Falconer Wendy Pavlicek Rescues Hawk from Home Depot

From time to time falconers receive phone calls from animal officers, state officials and residents regarding injured or trapped birds of prey.  Our unique experiences with raptors allows us to assist in situations which others may not know how to handle.

Red Shoulder Hawk

Red Shoulder Hawk rescued from Home Depot

In early March, Wendy Pavlicek received a phone call from the state falconry coordinator, stating that a hawk was trapped in a Home Depot in northern MA.  She was asked to check out the situation.  It ended up being a red shoulder hawk (not a coopers hawk, which commonly seeks small birds as prey and often gets in to buildings).  This hawk had smashed into the windows at Home Depot and became stunned.  One of the employees tried to help the bird out, then it ended up flying towards the door and into the building.

Hawk inside Home Depot-on ceiling pole

Hawk inside Home Depot-on ceiling pole

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Live trap going up

Bird caught safely on trap

Bird caught safely on trap

Safe and eating a mouse

Safe and eating a mouse

Customers, managers and employees were very concerned for the birds’ well being.  After 3 different nightly visits and 14  hours, the hawk was successfully rescued by Wendy Pavlicek with the use of a live trap (BC trap).

The bird was brought to a vet, checked over and rehabbed for 2-3 weeks until it was released back into the wild.  The red shoulder was released at a near by marsh with plenty of fields and prey available.  We wish her luck and hope she continues on to raise young this year.  (Photos of the release below were take by wildlife photographer Marcel Ledoux)

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Wendy Pavlicek & hawk moments before the release



Good bye and good luck!

Good bye and good luck!

Falconers are not only dedicated to the sport of falconry/hunting, but also dedicated to helping the beautiful creatures we respect and honor.

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Fall Field Meet

The MFHT fall field meet was held in central MA this year.  We had quite the turnout of falconers, friends and others who were interested in the sport of falconry.  We would like to thank Bill Hatch for organizing the meet and Rocco Addeo for hosting at his farm.  The game being hunted were cottontail rabbits and the numbers were plentiful.


We would like to congratulate apprentcie Arthur Menedez and general falconer Rita Tulloh from NH on getting their first head of game!

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Arthur Menezes and his male red tail hawk

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Rita Tulloh and Scarlett (red tail hawk)

Chris Davis flew his 3 Harris Hawks who were successful at catching a rabbit and opossum!


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Other falconers their falcons and hawks and shared great conversations about the sport.





Thanks to everyone who joined in and made it a great day!

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Picnic, good times!

This year’s picnic was held in early September.  Many falconers and guests enjoyed the good food and company.  We held our annual raffle and many prizes were taken home.  Thank you to all who donated to this event and thanks to the Johnston’s for hosting this wonderful picnic.




We would like to thank the many donors for our raffle. We greatly appreciate your support.  You can find links to their website in the blogroll on the right hand side of our main page.

Northwoods Falconry          Merlin Systems               Larry Counce Bells

Rodent Pro                             Davidson’s Falconry                  Mike Dupuy

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We would also like to thank the many falconers who donated items to the raffle as well.

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Master Falconer in the news!

Massachusetts falconer, Dave Peltier, gave Fox News and the community some informtion on why a man was attacked by a resident red-shoulder hawk.  Way to go Dave!

Watch the video here

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Central MA Field Meet

This Saturday the MFHT held a field meet in Central MA.  With over 2 feet of snow on the ground, the club proceeded to have a great time catching up, flushing rabbits and chasing game.  Apprentice Tom Reily and his male redtail hawk, Gavin stole the show by catching their first rabbit together! Congrats Tom!  We would like to thank Bill Hatch for hosting the meet and organizing a great event.

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