Feb. 13, 1961
Feb. 13, 1961

Table of Contents
Feb. 13, 1961

New Ingo
Safe Driving Part II
Laurence Owen
Horse Racing
  • Sports Illustrated's Turf Editor, Whitney Tower (right), here begins a series of articles on what may be termed the hidden crisis in Thoroughbred racing in this country. The result of long observation and recently growing concern, this series will go beyond mere critical analysis to recommend constructive solutions—the first being true authority for a national racing body

Doggiest Dogs
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back


Like a bullet

This sharp-taloned, hook-beaked bird is a red-tailed hawk, and Bill Seals, a 210-pound ex-basketball player of Knoxville, Tenn., uses it to hunt rabbits. Bill is no medievalist, but he is fast developing a passion for the medieval sport of hawking. "An apprentice falconer," he says, "always starts with a short-winged hawk like this."

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Seals caught his hawk in an all but invisible net baited with a juicy pigeon. At first it hissed at its new master and sulked at its hood, but Seals fed it beefsteak and carried it around on his gloved hand until it got used to his touch. After weeks of training, he tied a line to the hawk's leg and began to teach it to hunt. "A hawk hits its prey on the head with its talons," Seals says. "It's a quick kill, almost like a bullet."

Later this year, Seals hopes to catch and train a long-winged falcon—one of the big-caliber armaments of falconry. He has no doubts about how to do it. Nothing has changed in falconry for the last 4,000 years.