Rather than wait patiently for you to kick them into the air, pheasants often flush wild, catching you off guard and presenting a long-range, going-away shot. To duplicate this scenario, go to a trap field. The rising targets at unknown angles of trap shooting perfectly replicate flushing pheasants.


The Challenge
Start at Post 1 of the trap field. You will shoot two targets from each of the five posts. Start with an unmounted gun held in the ready, port arms position. Load one shell. The puller throws the target on a zero- to three-second delay, on your call. You may not mount the gun until the bird is thrown. Keep the muzzle still until you see the bird and read its angle. Trap targets, like real pheasants, don’t require a lot of lead if you swing through them from behind.

Advanced Challenge
Replicate even wilder pheasants by moving back to the 22-yard line.

Seven or more out of 10 is very good. Even experienced trapshooters will have trouble with this shot starting with an unmounted gun.

Good Gun


A long-barreled, heavy 12- or 20-gauge pump, double, o/u, or semiauto with a Modified or tighter choke, such as a 12-gauge Beretta Silver Pigeon with 28-inch barrels, will perform best.