Falconry is the hunting of wild game in its natural state and habitat with a trained bird of prey.
The Ontario Hawking Club is dedicated to protecting and preserving the art of falconry in Ontario by providing communication and interaction between falconers, and by promoting high standards of practice and ethics with hunting raptors.
In addition, we are strong proponents of effective and reasonable falconry regulations. We work closely with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Members of Parliament, the OFAH and other organizations to promote recognition of falconry and a legal environment in which it can flourish.
In 1998 falconry regulations were adopted for the first time in the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. In 2000 the regulations were amended to allow hunting of waterfowl with a raptor. In 2005, in recognition of the low impact of falconry on game populations, falconers were given a special extended hunting season. And in 2012, after many years of effort, we obtained a change in MNRF policy to allow for the use of wild raptors in recreational falconry.
Memberships run from January 1 to December 31 and follow the calendar year. Dues are $50 for single membership and $70 for family membership. A family membership consists of two adults and children under the age of 18 years. OHC membership includes membership in the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and a subscription to Ontario Out of Doors magazine. You may choose to receive a paperless e-version of the magazine or to opt out of receiving the magazine completely.
We encourage new members and apprentices to attend our annual Falconry Orientation Workshop in April. It’s a tremendous learning experience and opportunity to meet some of the most experienced falconers in Ontario. OHC Falconry Orientation Workshop
Membership Application Process
To apply for membership in the Ontario Hawking Club. download the MemberApplication, fill it out completely, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The membership secretary will be in touch with you to ensure that there is good fit between your level of expectation and the goals of the Ontario Hawking Club. If it’s a good fit, the membership secretary will email you information so that you can pay for your OHC membership on-line.
Note: Please allow 7-10 days for a response. We are all volunteers and we get busy with our jobs, birds, kids and lives. Processing a new member application can take 2-3 weeks in total.
Once we’ve received your membership dues, the OHC will send you a welcome email and your name will be entered into the OHC database so that you will receive club updates and invitations to OHC events.
Membership Renewal for Existing Members
In order to keep things simple, most members renew their membership in the fall with their field meet registration. However, if you would like to renew at any other time of the year, simply email email@example.com. We will send you an email link so that you can pay for your OHC membership. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this link- you can be a “guest” or one-time user- but you will need a credit card number or a debit card.
Memberships run for a calendar year from Jan 1- Dec 31.