While searching for a copy of Liam McGranaghan’s “The Red-tailed Hawk: A Complete Guide to Training” I stumbled across an American Rifleman magazine (August 1965) on eBay. The cover was a jessed red-tailed hawk. It was going for nearly $10, more than I was willing to pay with shipping on the chance that the cover corresponded to an article in the magazine. I checked the University of Arkansas library on the off chance they had it and lo-and-behold they’ve got every American Rifleman from 1945–1990. I found the particular month I needed, but unfortunately there was no falconry article. It was just the cover and a brief description of the photo on the inside of the cover.
The brief note seems fairly disparaging about red-tails, as even though it is used to take game it is “comparatively slow, attaining speeds of approximately 50 m.p.h.”. Funny how almost fifty years later many falconers have found the red-tail to be an excellent game hawk. I was also surprised that only five states allowed falconry in 1965. No wonder all of the stories from that time come out of California.