I too was blessed with great friends to hunt with, gopack. I'm just saying, if your hunting with a group, and there are several birds down, then know one knows for sure who shot what. If I shoot a duck and know I killed the bird for sure, then I claim it, if someone else claims it, then its theirs. Its ducks, not blocks of gold. If ducks are flying good enough to shoot individually then we will take turns.(which is rarely). But if not then its every man for him/herself. Example: I was hunting an impoundment with some friends and they knew I wanted a drake widgeon to mount, so they gave me the first two shots and if I missed, they would back me up. One drake widgeon came in and I choked on the first two and they backed me up, but I also shot my third shot and the bird folded, while the others shot also. I was unable to verify I shot the bird and neither was anyone else, but someone killed it, and we did'nt worry about it after that. And that was with friends that would have d#$m sure claimed it, if they knew for sure they killed it. We have been checked by the game warden coming out and had 4 limits split between two carriers. They never said a thing about splitting the birds into individual limits. So in my opinion, if it was alright coming out of the blind, then it was ok in the blind.
There is no such thing as a cripple being too close!!! If so, you might never see it again. I'm not going to take that chance!!!