One thing about a pheasant is you have a better chance of killing it when it is upward or crossing. Once it flattens out and is going away you are shooting at < I have seen where the shot glances of the birds back, and does penetrate enough to knock them down. You have to break a wing or hit something vital to bring them down. Pen birds seem to climb more out of the hole, wild birds don't give you that chance. They jump farther out and stay low and flat to the cover. Being slow on wild birds is a problem.