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 Hunting real prey

Once you have your raptor chasing and catching Roprey, the transition to live quarry is often seamless. The raptor is already set into the routine of chasing something flying when the hood comes off. She knows what to expect, what quarry looks like and what behaviour she can expect from it. She knows that if she puts the effort in, she can catch it.

Occasionally we drag a dead prey on a creance, or suspend it on a pole lure, and let her catch it, twitching the line so that it appears live and she will try to bite its neck. Make a fuss of her as if she was on a real kill. Now she is ready to go hunting without further training. Find her some good slips and reward her on the kill.