code of ethics

Definition of Falconry:
Falconry is the use of a permitted wild taken or domestically captive bred trained raptor for the purposes of hunting wild legal quarry.
Falconry does not include the keeping of raptors as pets. Keeping raptors as pets is contrary to the policy of the BCHC
Care of Birds:

  • Members must uphold the highest standards of welfare, housing and feeding of their raptors. The welfare of a raptor must override any other consideration.
  • Members should not keep any raptor, whether for flying or breeding purposes, unless he or she has adequate facilities and is able to dedicate sufficient time each day to ensure the raptor’s welfare.
  • Any raptor that is no longer required should be given to another qualified person. Or if wild taken and permitted to then be released back to the wild.
  • Members must make every reasonable effort to recover a lost raptor and to cure or repair a sick or injured raptor.
  • It is recommended BCHC members fly with telemetry for all raptors and two transmitters for any hybrids or large raptors.
Skills and Training:
  • Novice falconers are recommended to make efforts to find a suitable experienced falconry mentor or an experienced BCHC mentor. Many experienced falconers suggest starting with a passage red-tailed hawk as their first bird, in conjunction with a strong mentoring program. Even with captive bred raptors the BCHC strongly recommends finding an experienced falconry mentor. Learning from an experienced mentor and taking suitable courses along with studying available falconry literature for 1-2 yrs. before obtaining a raptor is also recommended.
  • Any minor is also recommended to have strong parental support in both the finding of a suitable experienced falconry mentor and monitoring the minor’s actions, care of the raptor, learning progress and legal responsibility.
  • A member should not attempt to keep or train a difficult species of hawk if they do not have the necessary experience to do so, or keep raptors in numbers that are beyond their experience and practicality.
  • BCHC members must promote and use humane hunting practices
Propagation and Commercial Activity:
  • Members should not engage in breeding or other commercial activity with birds of prey until they have gained competence and proficiency with the care, training and hunting of birds at the recreational level.
  • Members should only give or sell their raptors to qualified, competent individuals and organizations that will follow the principles in this code.
  • Member’s must promote that recreational falconry as the art of hunting with a trained bird of prey and one should not enter the sport unless they are able to provide the adequate time and commitment to care, train and hunt with their birds. Financial costs and demands of the sport as well as access to suitable flying and hunting areas should also be recognized.
  • Only falconers with considerable experience should attempt to provide material for publishing, take part in films or plays, give lectures and instruction or give displays. They should ensure that their actions and comments comply with the standards and policies of the club.
  • Members should consult the Club executive before taking part in any significant publicity effort.
  • Members will refrain from actions or behaviour that might damage the reputation of the club or the sport of falconry.
Observance of Laws:
  • All BCHC members must abide by the written by-laws and falconry regulations of British Columbia and other jurisdictions with regards to the taking, possession, import and export of raptors, and the taking of legal quarries, along with legal access to lands and properties
  • Any questions regarding the changing of Provincial BC falconry regulations or legal clarification shall be brought up to the BCHC Board of Directors. The BCHC board will then bring up any changes or planning with all association members before going to government officials to relay concerns or to implement any planned changes in policy. This will prevent private concerns from being represented as BCHC association business, or changes in policy being decided by a few individuals not the body of the association.
Conservation of Wild Raptors:
Falconers must support and promote the welfare, study and the conservation of birds of prey in the wild.