The ancient sport of falconry takes off with tourists around U.S.

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The ancient sport of falconry takes off with tourists around U.S.

A Harris’s hawk spreads its wings while perched on the hand of falconer Jessica Snyder at New England Falconry in Woodstock, Vt. The center offers guests of the Woodstock Inn & Resort and members of the public falconry sessions, where participants can experience handling and flying a trained hawk.
A Harris’s hawk soars at New England Falconry in Woodstock, Vt. The center offers guests of the Woodstock Inn & Resort and members of the public falconry sessions, where participants can experience handling and flying a trained hawk.
Winemaker and General Manager Chris Kajani holds a Harris’s hawk on a hilltop during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.
A woman learns how to have a hawk to land on her glove during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.
Gloves used to hold hawks and falcon are laid out on a table during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.
A Harris’s hawk lands on the arm of a man during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.
A Harris’s hawk perches on the hand of falconer Jessica Snyder at New England Falconry in Woodstock, Vt. The center offers guests of the Woodstock Inn & Resort and members of the public falconry sessions, where participants can experience handling and flying a trained hawk.
A Harris’s hawk prepares to fly toward a target during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.
If you go

NEW ENGLAND FALCONRY: Open year-round, by appointment only. Located at 4148 Hartland Hill Road, Woodstock, Vermont. (802) 457-6621. www.falconryatwoodstockvt.com. Rates: introductory session: $95, $30 for participant who doesn’t handle hawks. Extended session: $180 per participant, $50 for participant who doesn’t handle hawks. Located about 260 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.


BOUCHAINE VINEYARDS: Falconry vineyard experiences are offered in spring, summer and fall by reservation, (800) 654-WINE or (707) 252-9065. Located at 1075 Buchli Station Road, Napa, California. The cost is $200 per person, including wine tasting and lunch in the Bouchaine gardens.

The ancient sport of falconry takes off with tourists around U.S.

A Harris’s hawk spreads its wings while perched on the hand of falconer Jessica Snyder at New England Falconry in Woodstock, Vt. The center offers guests of the Woodstock Inn & Resort and members of the public falconry sessions, where participants can experience handling and flying a trained hawk.
A Harris’s hawk soars at New England Falconry in Woodstock, Vt. The center offers guests of the Woodstock Inn & Resort and members of the public falconry sessions, where participants can experience handling and flying a trained hawk.
Winemaker and General Manager Chris Kajani holds a Harris’s hawk on a hilltop during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.
A woman learns how to have a hawk to land on her glove during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.
Gloves used to hold hawks and falcon are laid out on a table during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.
A Harris’s hawk lands on the arm of a man during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.
A Harris’s hawk perches on the hand of falconer Jessica Snyder at New England Falconry in Woodstock, Vt. The center offers guests of the Woodstock Inn & Resort and members of the public falconry sessions, where participants can experience handling and flying a trained hawk.
A Harris’s hawk prepares to fly toward a target during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.

The ancient sport of falconry takes off with tourists around U.S.

A Harris’s hawk flies above a group gathered on a hillside during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.

The ancient sport of falconry takes off with tourists around U.S.

A Harris’s hawk lands on the arm of Nick Kontis during a falconry vineyard experience at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, Calif.

The ancient sport of falconry takes off with tourists around U.S.

A Harris’s hawk perches on the hand of falconer Jessica Snyder at New England Falconry in Woodstock, Vt.
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