Dave’s post on shooting through brush reminded me that shooting shotguns through brush and rifles are very different endeavours. The reason, of course, is that a rifle sends only one projectile downrange while a shotgun launches hundreds. Therefore, shotgunners can take a more relaxed attitude toward shooting through brush. Leaves and branches may stop some pellets but they won’t get them all. You need see only enough of the bird to read its line of flight and speed. Then you swing your muzzle along that line in front of the bird, pull the trigger and send the dog, whether you saw anything fall or not.