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What is the history behind the practice of falconry?

Falconry is the ancient art and sport of hunting with trained birds of prey. It is thought to have originated in Central Asia, where it was practiced by nomadic tribes as early as 2000 BCE. The practice eventually spread to the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. By the 11th century, it had become a popular pastime among nobility and royalty throughout Europe and the Middle East.

The sport of falconry reached its peak in Europe during the Middle Ages, when it was an important part of courtly life. Kings, queens, and other members of the nobility kept and trained birds of prey for hunting. Specialized equipment, such as hoods, gloves, and leashes, were used to control and train the birds. The practice declined in popularity after the Renaissance, as firearms became more widely available and hunting with birds of prey was no longer necessary.

In modern times, falconry is still practiced in some parts of the world, though it is now considered more of a sport than a necessity. Falconry is regulated by laws in many countries, and organizations such as The Falconers Club and The British Falconers Club help to ensure proper training and handling of birds of prey. Falconry has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, with an increasing number of people taking up the sport.

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