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Select few allowed to hunt with falcons, birds of prey

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One of the most exclusive groups in Michigan hunts with birds of prey.

The Detroit Free Press reports that 119 hunters in Michigan have a permit to hunt with the birds. Michigan has more than 600,000 licensed deer hunters, making falconers rare.

Among them is John Shuell of White Lake Township. He has two Harris's hawks named Donnie and Marie that are trained to hunt rabbits.

The 72-year-old says the sport is fantastic for anyone who likes the outdoors.

The Michigan Hawking Club promotes the sport. It has about 100 members, with about half having birds.

The sport is known as falconry, but it also includes hawks, owls and golden eagles. Prey includes rabbits, mice and squirrels. Most hunters let the bird devour the prey.

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