The real answer, though, is learn to take your time when birds flush or rabbits bolt. New shooters tend to react much too quickly and shoot too soon as if firing in self-defense. Last month, I helped out at a class for effete noob locavores, which included shooting lessons and a preserve pheasant hunt. My group shot two birds, and in both cases the shooters reacted way too fast. One pheasant was neatly decapitated, the other de-winged. Both hit the ground dead and with no loss of edible parts, but had either shot been an inch or two in the wrong direction, both would have exploded leaving very little for the locavores to munch on.