So I went out yesterday, and flushed some pheasants out of a ditch between two plowed fields. I hit 2 birds, then watched helplessly as they got up and ran. One was a bit far to hit on the ground, and the other I missed (somehow hitting a running bird was harder than hitting a flyer). To clarify, these were separate incidents, not flushed at the same time, but both got hit, dropped, and then popped up and sprinted to the ditch further ahead. In both cases I ran right to where i saw them run back into the ditch, but was helpless to find them in the tall grass. One I even got there immediately after it dropped in, but heard nothing, and walked all through the section it was in with no luck finding it. Anyone know any tricks for finding these, or have an opinion on whether these birds continued to flee (I should have heard the one with how close I was), or if they might be holding tight once dropping back into a ditch? A veteran had told me to bump up to size 4 shot if hunting without a dog, since 4's are more likely to break a leg. I should have listened, and intended to, but I wanted to finish off the box of 6's first. Obviously 4s will be in my gun next time out. I felt pretty bad at the waste, I'd obviously rather miss than injure a bird and not find it.