Hunting practices such as the sport of falconry provide insight into the rituals of early modern England. Falconry and hawking have become interchangeable but they refer to two different types of hunting. Falconry depended on trained dogs, careful organization, and large groups, while hawking was done individually. These two different forms of hunting provided an emotional link with nature. Each form had its own customs, rituals, songs, and ceremonies. Examination of the decline of falconry in the early modern period highlights the problems in explaining such lifestyle changes.