Harry McElroy is the noted author of the much acclaimed and out-of-print Desert Hawking, Desert Hawking II andDesert Hawking with a Little Help From My Friends. During the 60 years he has flown hawks and falcons his ambition has been to simplify the process. He developed the 22 hour weight control system and has used it successfully with all of his hawks and falcons. His system is centered on adjusting taming and training to the individual and he adapts techniques used by falconers to obtain maximum performance.
He writes, “This book is a continuation of the Desert Hawking series, and it could be viewed as a culmination of my hawking techniques. From the beginning of my falconry career, I have favored the direct pursuit hawks such as the accipiters, Harris’ and Aplomado. Because of my senior status and the length of our flights, I hunt with four good legs under me. My preference is the Peruvian Paso.”
Desert Hawking IV: Quail begins with a focus on the Harris’ at quail and then moves on to hawking this game bird with the Aplomado. There are 327 illustrations including color photos, drawings, and works of art. It is slightly shorter than its predecessor with 368 pages.
The book closes with a chapter written by his friends hunting other prey with the Aplomado, but the reader is forewarned that this work is narrowly focused on hawking desert quail.