Originally Posted by Denny
That is why you have the dog also, so you don't have to put more lead in the bird. Unless you like pellets.
This is true for the most part Denny. But you know as well as I do that with experience you can tell when a bird isn't hit well and it has it's legs underneathe it. I don't care if you've got a NFC Retriever, if you have a pheasant that goes down like this and takes off running chances are very, very slim that it will be recovered. Of course I'm talking wild birds. And "no" I don't care for pellets (unless it's 7.5 shot - lol!) But, I think you owe it to the injured bird as an ethical hunter to do whatever you need to do to recover that bird. Occasionally, it takes a second shot to do that...