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This is called casting off. The bird takes flight, after which the falconer can stir up prey for his bird by walking through the fields or woods.

Boyhood dream goes airborne as reality

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There is nothing quite so intriguing as watching a bird of prey soar through the sky.

For area falconer Jordan Jones, a UW-River Falls student from Somerset, his fascination with the birds and the sport of falconry started at a young age.

"I got into it when I was 17," said Jones. "I became interested in it when I was 12 after seeing the movie, 'My Side of the Mountain.'"

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