Researchers estimate between 20 and 30 per cent of mourning doves shot go unretrieved. That’s way too high. We needn’t lose that many. Last year I was randomly chosen by the Fish and Wildlife Service to record the number of birds I bagged and the number that hit the ground that I did not retrieve. By that measure, my crippling rate was about 2 ½ per cent. Including doves I hit hard that kept flying (some of which may recover), my rate was an 8-9 per cent loss, which I think is too high, as I hate losing birds, but it’s a lot better than 20 to 30 percent.