The worst thing you can do when you’re missing, and I have learned this the hard way, is get down on yourself. Miss a few, start kicking yourself, and you risk spiraling downwards into misery, despair, self-pity and lots more misses. Never mind about your birds to shells ratio, or that you’re making a fool out of yourself in front of the whole dove field. Just think about the next shot, and sooner or later, the birds will start to fall. When they do, shooting a shotgun seems ridiculously easy. That’s when you go on those long runs that make up for previous misses.