Falconry Squirrel Guards & Chaps - Protect Your Hawk - See Sizes

Falconry Squirrel Guards & Chaps - Protect Your Hawk - See Sizes

    Price: $32.95

    Code: FE2011

    Weight: 0.25 pounds


    Sizes Available: (Black Leather)
    Male Red-tailed Hawk / Male Harris' Hawk
    Female Red-tailed Hawk / Male Harris' Hawk

    These squirrel chaps (also called quards) are a modified version from Gary Brewer's original design squirrel chaps. This upgrade was designed by Michigan falconer John Shuell. John hawked with Gary Brewer in east Texas and noticed that squirrel chaps made a large difference in protecting the hawk from serious bites. John went a step further and reshaped the chaps at the base to better cover the toes and the top of the foot. The resulting squirrel chaps are very effective.

    Fox squirrels can grow to weigh four pounds in some areas where they live in hardwoods that are surrounded by a never-ending supply of food from the corn fields. These "tuskers" (extremely large fox squirrels) can inflict permanent damage to a hawk's unprotected feet and squirrel chaps are a must if this challenging quarry is to be flown. Any falconer hawking a potentially dangerous quarry needs to do everything possible to protect the hawk. One regional group of falconers has taken over 1200 squirrels over the years and has never lost a hawk to a severed tendon or any permanent bite injury when wearing squirrel chaps. Squirrel chaps will not prevent all bites, but they will increase the safety margin while squirrel hawking. A typical bite to hawking trip ratio during a season was about 12% with no serious bites to the feet.

    Squirrel Chaps Instructions:

    *The squirrel chaps are made separately for each foot; there are right and left guards to provide complete coverage of the toes.

    *DO NOT OIL, squirrel chaps should be dry and stiff to provide better protection.

    *REMOVE the squirrel chaps from your hawk after finishing the day's hawking.

    *Inspect the hawk's feet closely, including leg above the chap, after every hunt.

    *Do not let ANY serious bite go unattended. Seek professional help when in doubt about the severity of a bite.

    *To prevent temperature transfer in cold climates or if any irritation is noticed on the hawk's feet, the falconer can cover the exposed rivet base with a small piece of tape or leather.

    *Inspect squirrel chaps before flying a hawk as one would do with all active hawking equipment.