Also, maintaining control of your gun (i.e. muzzle control) as to ensure the barrel is not pointed in anybody's direction, ever, even when it's unloaded; and yet you can still manuever it to hit game when the opportunity arises. Excercising proper gun control is important because when you're out in the field, you need to be able to remain safe because that is the most important part of using any firearm. That and it's usually a good 50 miles to the nearest hospital and nobody needs a bellyfull of #7 steel shot.
Proper muzzle control is accomplished by making sure you are always 100% in control of where you aim your gun's muzzle and that it isn't pointed at any human, road, vehicle, or house (with rifles, do not point it at a house even miles away). The safest place to point a gun is down, at the ground, or up and away from anyone. Also, don't put your finger on the trigger until you are literally going to shoot the game in the next instant. This saves lives.
Bob exercised poor gun control. He got two pheasants, a grouse, and a quail. And his buddy Ted's GMC Yukon Denali XL.
Ted exercised good gun control. He got three pheasants and a sparrow that got in the way. And $6000 to repair his SUV.
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