Well we live in the UK and you're in the US so different rules apply.
Over here they are not considered a starter bird, but in the US they are.
I would suggest A LOT of reading up to see if they are the bird for you.
They require time, effort and skill in reaching specific weights for flying/hunting. I would suggest a mentor if you can find one.
Have you land, or someone with land that would allow you to fly the bird?
Precise weighing scales are required, trackers, bow perch or tall perch, aviary, bird bath, hoods, jess, falconry glove, food and most important lots of patience and time are needed.
When you first acquire a bird like this, they need to get used to you. -RT was 16 wks old when we got him, couldn't balance on the glove, took a while to trust us and eat BUT is so rewarding when you reach the milestones.
Maybe if you are interested, you can find an austringer local to you in the US and find out what it's all about.
My husband flies him, as he gets confused otherwise, but yes, he will follow him by hopping from tree to tree
We were out with the ferrets one winter and working along the hedgerows, when RT moved about 50+ meters up the hedgerow.
We had the ferret on a ferret finder and hubby was using the gadget to find out where she was in the burrow. We we getting a reading to say she was close to us. I remember my husband saying "what's he doing all the way up there?"
Unbeknownst to us, the electric fence was giving us a false reading on the ferret finder, RT had been excitedly following the ferret all along! RT must have been wondering what we were doing all the way down the hedgerow