I was up in New England and my mother told me her husband did it. I went to Vermont School of Falconry which is part of Equinox Hotel/Resort in Manchester. It was about $120 for 45 minutes and it's an introductory lesson which entitles you to return and go on a longer "walk" with them in the woods and on trails where they may actually get some quarry. Money well spent...I had a big grin on my face the entire time.
The lesson consisted of meeting various birds and being informed of the history and means of falconry. You then actually get to handle a bird wherein you get to launch it a few times and retrieve it back to you. We then took a short walk and watched the bird go for a lure (scary). I was told the bird pictured has between 100-200lbs per sq. inch of pressure in it's talons "if it wants". LOL.
They are simply magnificent.
I looked into falconry a few years back after I rescued a bald eagle and misinterpreted the regulations as being too onerous. After talking to the instructor last weekend, I was told you need a sponsor and then you can prepare your facility and take the exam and get licensed. You need both federal and state permits, plus a state hunting license. Once you pass, although you still "apprentice" for 2 years, you can still trap or purchase your own bird while you're apprenticing.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to pursue it.