Confidence in Wing Shooting
In wing-shooting self confidence is a great asset. When a bird springs, if there is any doubt in your mind as to your ability to kill, the result will probably be a miss. A feeling must be ever present of absolute power to kill, a feeling born in previous success. Any feeling of confidence not born of past results is simply self-deception. The vainglorious fellow who believes that he can do anything without trying has the sort of faith that wouldn’t deceive anyone except himself.
If a novice could suddenly become miraculously possessed of the knowledge of exactly where to hold, with the mechanical ability to handle his gun, he yet could not shoot from lack of confidence in his newly acquired powers. The only self-confidence built upon a solid foundation is that which comes from repeated, almost unvarying success. Confidence that comes from thoroughly tested ability is the stock in trade of the expert, and so long as he possesses it, he will shoot well.
Over confidence is a different matter – a miss usually resulting form the marksman’s conscious or unconscious belief that it is not necessary for him to put forth his full powers. Shoot with all your might, at the easy birds and the hard ones alike, quitting when becoming tired rather than to shoot on carelessly.
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