Great thread especially as it matured. I just think there are as many ways to raise and train hawks as people can dream up. Yes they all follow the some basic steps but what works for me may not work for you. Why? Because we, the falconer, are different not necessarily just the bird. I don't have the temperament to follow someone's recipe exactly to the letter. I like to tinker and explore the "what if's." Let alone the influence external factors such as hawking country, abundance of game, available hawking time, etc can have on our success.