The Irish hawking Club is dedicated to the sport and practice of falconry and to the conservation and dissemination of knowledge of birds of prey. Membership is open to those, who support or practice the pursuit of Falconry to the highest standards and traditions.
Objectives of the Club are:
To represent Falconry throughout Irelandand to foster International co-operation in order to maintain the sport, art and practice of taking quarry in its natural state.
To preserve and encourage Falconry within the context of sustainable and judicious use of wildlife.
To foster good relations and co-operation with all National hunting organisations with like objectives.
To encourage conservation, the ecological and veterinary research of birds of prey and to promote, under scientific guidance, native propagation for falconry and the rehabilitation of injured birds of prey.
To monitor National laws in order to permit the pursuit and perpetuation of falconry.
To require the observation of all laws and regulations relating to falconry, hunting, conservation and culture with regard to the taking, import, and keeping of birds of prey, the hunting of quarry species and the right of access to land.
To promote and uphold a positive image of falconry with specialist organisations or statuary bodies which regulate or otherwise affect falconry.
IHC strongly recommends the use of radio telemetry by all members when flying their birds of prey. Not to do so, especially in the case of non-native species and hybrids, could jeopardise the good will that exists between the responsible falconers in the IHC, with the other non-government organisations concerned with conservation and wildlife and with the wildlife authorities themselves.