How many times has an otherwise excellent piece of writing been spoiled by an absolute blooper like this?
"......holding a large rifle and several dead pheasants....."
Someone should tell the silly girl these fellows were carrying shotguns, not rifles. And her Daddy was a B grade serial cowboy!
As a matter of interest, Adolf once downed a pheasant in flight at a range of about forty yards, using a .22 rifle. Now that would have done Davey Crockett real proud!