Many moons ago, I rec'd a call from a farmer I knew on the mountain. He had been cutting hay after a big storm and ran over 2 young Red Tail Hawks with his haybine. When I got there I knew the one would not make it right away. The other one looked stunned but not injured, they were still in their down stage and had obviously been blown out of their nest. They were close to the tree line. I had brought welding gloves etc for the rescue. I thought poor wee guy he looks fairly harmless, and neglecting my heavy welding glove I reached down and the hawk immediately leaned back on its wings and sunk its talons into my hand, one piercing through the meat of my thumb. Had a Hola Crap moment. I was hooked literally. Anyway I took him home probably illegally and proceeded to care for him. I named him Merlin and built him a suitable cage, and necessary gear, hood, jesses etc. This hawk would have died or been lunch for some predator, so I studied as much as I could and got up to speed as best I could and cared for him. I would like to try again, and understand some folks get around the legalese by raising hybrids which are not wild birds so the rules are different. Anyone have info on this, looking for a new friend as in Red Tail preferably.