Agreed on having a dog. Hunted a spot this last weekend and for some reason, I made the bright idea of leaving the dog at home
We hunted a flooded marshy corner of a field w/ some taller grasses. First thing in the morning the shooting was kinda frantic, birds everywhere. Even with just the two of us we had a hard time rounding up all the birds we brought down. Unfortunately we lost two birds in the thick marshy brush after searching for a good hour. The next day I brought the dog back and ran her through the area and she dug out two dead mallards we shot the day before.
Never leaving the dog behind again.
Btw, I noticed even the birds that aren't hit very hard die very suddenly when making impact on the dry field ground. When they hit that soft marshy grass/water, they're on the move....and are very quick! I should've taken a video of my hunting partner literally sprinting in waders through the ankle deep water/grass for a greenhead that landed only 30 yds from the blind. They are quick!