3. FOLLOW THROUGH
Most hunters shoot at a flushing pheasant, pause to see if they hit it, then quickly deliver a follow-up if the bird is still in the air. We all have a way of letting instinct take over, but in this case it is not helpful. It results in a broken, choppy start-and-stop swing that leaves the hunter trying desperately to catch up to the bird with each successive shot.
Most of the time the bird comes out ahead. Even the best clays shooters are sometimes prone to dropping the muzzle when shooting wild birds. Instead, you want to focus on your swing and continue moving the gun regardless of whether you hit or miss. Most important, maintain that solid cheek weld on the stock and keep the muzzle moving in a steady, smooth forward motion after the bird drops. Work on perfecting your swing with every single shot you take.