When we are learning about certain nation and culture, here comes a good question: well, what did they do for living? Did they grow fruit and veggies? Or went hunting? If yes, then how?
Kyrgyz people, as nomads, did not really have developed agriculture. They constantly moved and lived among cool mountains, which made them want only meat. So, they usually went hunting. Although there were different tools for hunting, falconry was one of the most popular ways.
The people of Kyrgyzstan always preferred eagles over hawks and falcons. Training them takes about 3-4 years for the hunter, or “berkutchi,” to successfully hunt with a golden eagle. However, after it is trained, the berkutchi will be able to hunt with it for over a decade.
When the berkutchi takes his eagle out to hunt, he wears a heavy leather glove and will leave the hood over the bird’s eyes until he spots an animal running across a meadow. When he removes the hood, the eagle quickly hones in on the prey, springboards of his master’s arm and attacks. The eagle will then swiftly break the neck of its prey, which can be anything from a rabbit to a fox to a young wolf. Trained to wait for its master, the eagle won’t begin eating until the berkutchi is at his side. The eagle only eats a portion of the kill. The rest of the meat and the animal pelt are used by the berkutchi.