I just wrote this on another thread just an hour or two ago. I will repeat it here.
In my first response I suggested that if you use gill net, to stretch it it tightly so as to NOT get the hawk entangled. Well, now I think you might want to get him entangled!
Here is a couple of links to companies that sell the webbing without floats or weights. All you are paying for is webbing. It costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $10.00 a pound or $.38 cents a foot. I can't remember how much you get in a pound. But, the smaller the line is and, the larger the mesh is, the more net you get per pound.
You obviously want the smallest diameter line to prevent him from seeing it. The mesh is measured in two ways on the chart. The length and width of the square and the measurement of the mesh stretched diagonally.
This company sells webbing by the pound.
If you need to talk to someone, they are really fine folks. Remember, lighter line and larger mesh means more net per pound.
Here is a company that sells monofilament webbing by the foot.
Here is how I would rig a net to CATCH a hawk. First, you'd have to make the net easy to detach from the pole. Here's how you do it; Run a heavier string from the top of the pole (drill a hole to tie through) down as far as the net is deep. Run the string through the spring hole in a dozen or so clothes pins. Tie a knot around the top clothes pin on each end of the net to prevent the whole thing from slinking down to the ground.
Tie the string off now at the point where the bottom of the net meets the pole (another hole drilled to tie through). At this point you have a pole with a string running down the length of it, as far as the net is deep. There is a bunch of clothespins strung onto the string. The only clothespin that doesn't slide along the string is the very top one on each pole. Do the same thing on the other end of your net. Now you clip one end of your webbing to the "jaws" of the clothes pins of one pole. And do the same on the other pole.
You won't be able to stretch it tightly because the net will pull free of the jaws of the clothes pins if you have too much tension.
When the hawk hits the net, the net will pull free from the clothes pins, wrap around the hawk and drop like a sack-a-patatas!
You would probably be able to get several folks here to sorta "rent" the rig from you, to help with the costs. Like I say here at times. It wouldn't take long for a net to pay for itself when you consider the cost of the chicks, feed, meds and time spent raising them.
Edited by bigoledude - 5/13/16 at 12:46am