Bird of prey training is a very time consuming and painstaking process. Eagle training in particular requires special mastery. Usually deer, fox, lynx and other small animals are chosen as prey. A well-trained eagle is capable of killing even a young wolf. There are legends about some famous golden eagles that were powerful enough to hunt snow leopards.
The season of hunting eagles in Kyrgyzstan starts in October and ends in February. In order not to let this art die out, competitions between falconers are held every year where enthusiasts have a chance to observe the spectacular performance of these beautiful birds. Special hunting shows can be booked individually for guests and tourists in Issyk Kul, Naryn and near Bishkek. Rabbits, pigeons and fox skins are used as prey for this type of demonstration.