Hunting Q & A
Is it important to retrieve downed birds before more come in?
Q: While field goose hunting, is it important to retrieve downed birds before more come in? —Ben
A: I am sure most goose hunters have had this happen to them after positive shots are taken while hunting a field or over a water spread. Some days geese will not leave you much time before the next group approaches your field spread. Ethically speaking, its your responsibility to retrieve and respect your harvested birds before more birds arrive at your decoy spread.
I have witnessed occasions where a goose is crippled and if you delay time trying to decoy the next flock, you might have a tough time finding the crippled bird. Retrieving your downed birds as you harvest them will allow you to know your bag limit at all times during the hunt. I would also suggest utilizing a hunting dog. A properly trained dog is an invaluable tool for collecting harvested birds and quick at it too.
Thanks for your question and best of luck this fall.