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Konki and his family live near Deluun Village in the Altai Mountains of western Mongolia, where the last six generations of his bloodline have continued the art and tradition of eagle hunting.

At the age of 29, Konki has spent 21 of his years herding animals as a way to support his family. After the tragic loss of his father two years ago, Konki felt a call to his father’s passion. This changed the course of his life, allowing him to connect not only with family members he’s lost, but the ones he still has.

 

Sporting Classics is helping promote the tradition of falconry as well. Check out our latest issue for Denver Bryan’s photo essay “The Sport of Kings,” a look at Steve Chindgren and his famed birds of prey.