Then there are pheasants, which are just plain tough. It doesn’t help that we shoot most of them going away, so the vitals are shielded. On the last day of the season I hit a going-away bird hard with a load of lead 5s and later found about 10 holes in the back end—which was all I had to shoot at. It rocked, righted itself, and would have flown over a hill had it not made the error of flying past Springerman3, who shot it in the head. Now, if one of my pellets had broken a wing on that bird, I’d have either found it dead where it dropped, or the dogs would have picked it up a few feet from the spot. As it was, without Springerman3’s assist, we would have had a very hard time finding that bird.