Draw a Picture to Become a Better Wing Shot
Do not let misses disturb you, for in the beginning of your wing shooting as much can be learned from missing as from hitting, since you have at least been taught where not to hold. The man or woman who cannot learn through his mistakes will never know a great deal, but be sure to analyze errors thoroughly, and know reasons, otherwise experience and practice will leave you about where you started.
To this end, at the moment the shot is fired every detail should be fixed in your mind, miss or hit. Make a quick sketch of everything that just happened, keep a small note pad to make your sketches in your back pocket. Here the bird arose so many paces from the gun, he was at this point when the weapon came up, he bore away from the shooter at an angle of 45 degrees, slightly rising; the gun came up just so much behind him, and he flew so many yards before being covered and fired upon with a lead of 2 feet; result, a kill or miss.
At the close of the day’s shooting, look at your diagrams, study these diagrams and fix in your own mind why you killed and why you missed. If the shot was a scratch or accidental discharge, write that down, for many such shots are made in the course of a season, and these daily diagrams are intended for future study.
If you failed to hit give that drawing special attention, marking the place where you should have held. When at a loss as to where the shot should have been directed, probably your shooting companions can set you straight. Above all do not again hold in that exact spot when a similar situation presents itself, unless you can be convinced that the miss was not due to a faulty lead.
I can only repeat again, use the utmost care not to make the same mistake in a like way. Study and analyze, and your hits will soon teach you to kill, while your misses will tell you how not to miss again.
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