I talked to my sponsor and I was able to borrow his spare giant hood to transport the bird over to a larger space to train him over some longer distances. I brought the pitchback perch that I built over to Ross and put it at midfield and I took the bal-chatri trap that I built earlier and filled it with some weights, tied the creance onto it, and put it about 50 feet away from the pitchback. I started off standing right next to the bal-chatri and got Atlas to fly about 50 feet to my fist. Over the next couple days, I was able to stand 50 feet away from the bal-chatri, opposite the pitchback, and Atlas was flying to me from around 100 feet away.
Luckily, the lure I had ordered online finally came in the mail and I was able to start training him to the lure on day 27. At first, I had to sort of place the lure on the ground right in front of him with the tidbit in plain view so he could realize what the point of the lure was. I did this a few times a few feet away from him until he learned to associate the lure with food. Once he learned that, the rest was easy; a couple more days and he was flying 100 feet to the lure. I think it’s time to talk to Dennis and see if it’s time for a free flight.