Conventional wisdom says hunters get distracted by the pheasant’s long tail. I don’t believe that. If it were true, you would see tails shot off. I have shot a lot of pheasants and have seen a lot shot and I have never yet seen one get de-tailed. Instead what happens when you try to shoot fast is that your head isn’t on the gunstock, and you’re shooting at the whole bird before you actually lock your eyes onto the front end. Shots taken that way are almost always missed over the top, not behind. Once pheasants are under power, though, people aim at them and miss behind. However, they don’t miss and hit the tail, they miss by many, many feet behind.