Sport Shooting

Wing tips: The art of bird hunting

In explosions of sound and color, ring-necked pheasants burst into flight from the brush at a hunter's feet. Ruffed grouse often flush from the far side of grape thickets. Wood ducks and Canada geese can sail past at the edge of shotgun range, and mourning doves dart in and out from every direction at speeds up to 55 mph.tmpplchld Bird hunting can be a blast, but filling a game bag is tough. Hunters who do little wing-shooting might need time on a range. Some experienced clay bird gunners are unprepared for field conditions, and even veteran shotgun hunters sometimes need an edge.tmpplchld With most Pennsylvania bird seasons opening in just a few weeks, hunters still have time...