By Tricia Pursell

The Daily Item

LEWISBURG -- Professional falconers and their right-hand birds will meet in Lewisburg this week for the annual Pennsylvania Falconry and Hawk Trust Field Meet.

The first time to be held in the Valley, the event will bring together about 100 PFHT club members and other falconers from other states, to share stories and do what they love best -- hunting with their birds of prey.

Field Meet Chairman Mike Dupuy, of Middleburg, said it's not a competition. Rather, "We get together to go hunting and tell tales to each other," he said.

Dupuy is also looking for some local hunters to act as guides -- those who know local landowners so permission can be granted to the falconers to fly their birds there. Falconers are generally looking for small game, such as rabbits, squirrels, pheasants and ducks.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to meet at the front door of the Best Western in Lewisburg at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, at which time Dupuy will conduct a brief flight demonstration in a nearby field.

The public is invited to an open house to see a variety of birds, watch a presentation, and ask questions about them and the art of falconry, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the atrium at The Country Cupboard in Lewisburg.

More information is available by contacting Dupuy at (301) 633-8355 or pfht2012@mikedupuyhawkfood.com.

The PFHT club, which has met for a field meet annually for more than 35 years, has about 150 members.

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