Shooting too soon remains the most common error committed by uplanders. Rushed shooting makes for bad gun mounts, errors in reading the bird's angle, shooting underneath, and fringe-hitting birds with mispointed, overtight patterns. Even Improved Cylinder prints cruelly tight patterns at 10 yards. Ideally, you'll shoot the bird at twice that distance. When a bird flushes underfoot, don't mount the gun and track your target. Instead, lock your eyes on the bird, let it put 15 or 20 yards between the two of you, then mount and shoot. If you hunt with partners who make every flush a race to see who can shoot the bird first, ask them to take turns or hunt with someone else. We spend the endless off-season waiting for the few, fleeting chances we get in the uplands. It's a sin to rush through them when they finally arrive.