When you leap up, startling the ducks into the air like a covey of web-footed quail, resist the temptation to rush the shot. Force yourself to pick a single bird from the bunch. Take a short step with your left foot (if you're right-handed) toward that bird, then swing the gun up and through the duck. Focus on the top of its head and think of trying to scalp it with your shotgun. Confine your range to 30 yards or preferably less. Unlike decoying birds whose heads, necks, and breasts are exposed to your pattern, jumped waterfowl are going away from you, offering a small target protected by bone. If you miss twice, save the third shell for the one duck in the flock that always seems to sleep through the main flush, then wakes up and flies away while your gun is empty. Teal do not spring straight up like their namesake sporting clays target, but they do rise faster than any other puddle duck. On the other hand, teal often give you a second chance. If you miss, reload quickly and get down; the flock may well swing around and come right back, giving you a passing shot. Too bad for me that Springing Teal targets don't offer the same opportunity. That said, sporting clays, with its many falling targets, its high towers and rising, traplike presentations, makes excellent practice for all three types of waterfowl shooting.