ok, i'll set it up. based on actual events, and a recent topic of conversation.
its mid morning and things are slowing down, you really ought to get going. you've got enough ducks in the bag to call it a successful hunt. youre just about to pack it up when a lone mallard swings by in range, you take a shot, maybe break a wing tip and the it sails off into the marsh. you mark the spot and wade out to find it. lo and behold, about 6 feet to the left of your now dead mallard, you see: [another good dead duck that would not put you over your limit
] ... you can clearly see that this duck has been dead for maybe a couple hours (fresh blood, not completely stiff but totally soaked feathers). and you were about to leave anyway.
1) leave the duck, maybe somebody will keep looking for it and besides its not a banded greenhead. coyotes gotta eat too.
2) take it with you and deny everything, you snooze you lose.
3) take it, but ask any hunters you see on your way out if they lost a duck.
4) or, yell out in the marsh "HEY, WHOSE DEAD DUCK IS THIS??? GOT A DEAD DUCK OVER HERE!!"dont be shy
, lets hear what you guys have to say. and ghostingrey -- just say NO to mergansers