Anna McBeain, an apprentice falconer, recalls her red-tailed hawk Minokawa for a tidbit while hunting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, near St. Charles. 

Minokawa, a red-tailed hawk, while hunting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, near St. Charles. 

Anna McBeain readies her red-tailed hawk Minokawa before hunting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, near St. Charles. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, there are 75 licensed falconers in the state. Just 16 of Minnesota’s licensed falconers are women.

Anna McBeain, right, Richard Hanson and his wife, master falconer Carolyn Standlee-Hanson walk to a new hunting spot while Anna hunts with her red-tailed hawk Minokawa on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, near St. Charles. 

Minokawa, a red-tailed hawk, perches in a tree waiting for prey to be scared out of brush while hunting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, near St. Charles. 

Master falconer Carolyn Standlee-Hanson tries to kick up prey by beating brush with a wooden stick while hunting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, near St. Charles. 

Minokawa a red-tailed hawk foots a squirrel until her handler, Anna McBeain, assists her while hunting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, near St. Charles. 

Anna McBeain assists her red-tailed hawk Minokawa by killing the squirrel while hunting on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, near St. Charles. 

Minokawa is seen with a small abrasion from hunting a squirrel on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, near St. Charles. 

Anna McBeain poses with her red-tailed hawk Minokawa after a hunt on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, near St. Charles. “Once you hunt with a hawk, you can never go back to a gun,” McBeain said.

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