Special Bands

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Special Bands

Postby spoonycalling1 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:23 pm

Post of bands that have made a special memory :biggrin:
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Re: Special Bands

Postby bucksnbirds » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:41 pm

Ive got some special memories, but no bands!
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Re: Special Bands

Postby spoonycalling1 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:30 pm

I'm a junior...i got 3 bands my first year(speck,snow goose, and a hen spoony). All great memories but gave two of the bands(the geese) away to a younger junior. But i still have my spoony band. :yes:
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Re: Special Bands

Postby awc16 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:59 pm

First year of hunting waterfowl got my first band off my first canadian goose ever. :thumbsup:
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Re: Special Bands

Postby Nick Roehl » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:40 pm

Killed a banded honker last year on opener with my lady on her first hunt. I will remember that one. Last bird of the day too. :thumbsup:
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Re: Special Bands

Postby spoonycalling1 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:02 pm

Killing bands are the best way to get memories. Haven't got a goose this year, hopefully i will get one banded this year too. :thumbsup:
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Re: Special Bands

Postby Naterdashotgunner » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:46 pm

Out in Southern Illinois we were hunting in a snow storm and this guy came out of no where and decoyed right in. I hit him once and he fell belly up right in front of the blind and I could see the band. I'll remember that forever. It was my first band, the duck was banded in Bismarck, ND and was over 11 years old.

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Re: Special Bands

Postby dablaw » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:49 pm

The banded butterball I killed a few weeks ago...25 years old, banded in NY State. That duck was born before half the forum members were..lol..Added a pic today of the bull buffy
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Re: Special Bands

Postby shootable Goose » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:52 pm

dablaw wrote:The banded butterball I killed a few weeks ago...25 years old, banded in NY State. That duck was born before half the forum members were..lol..

Holy chit that's old! Is it worn down? I would mind seeing a picture :thumbsup:
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Re: Special Bands

Postby spoonycalling1 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:14 pm

Ya it would be nice to see a picture of it if you have one? :thumbsup:
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Re: Special Bands

Postby OpeningDay » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:29 pm

Besides my teal and pintail bands, my most special band would definitely have to be my first ever band I harvested when I was a sophomore in High School. I was at an end of the year basketball banquet and it started snowing hard. My dad and I got to talking and we decided the weather was too good to pass up so we decided to leave the banquet early to go on an evening hunt.

We were supposed to meet up with a couple of friends of ours but they got stuck in the snow so it was just me, my dad, and our black lab who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. By the time we broke a hole in the ice we had ducks flying in from every direction so we put out two decoys and jumped in the blind with less than an hour left of shooting time.

My dad has always loved watching me shoot rather than himself so I was shooting as fast as he could reload the guns. Needless to say we shot our 14 mallards and sat back and watched the show of birds flying everywhere.

Once it was time to pickup we were hesitant of our old dog running and breaking through the ice but there was no stopping her. We had 13 in the blind and noticed our last one was on the edge of the water to our right so I hopped out of the blind and walked along the edge with the pup until she was able to see it. When she came back lo and behold it had a band on it. The ONLY readable letter or number on the band was the letter "E" which i believe is from the word service. In some parts the band is so worn through it is paper thin on the edges.

That hunt was the last one I was able to have with my dog because she got so bad we had to put her down the next day or so. Needless to say the band sits on my shelf and will always be the most important one to me because it was from a hunt I will never forget and from a dog I will always miss. Its crazy how things happen like that but I am forever thankful for that band because it brings back good memories of my old friend.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby bucksnbirds » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:10 pm

OpeningDay wrote:Besides my teal and pintail bands, my most special band would definitely have to be my first ever band I harvested when I was a sophomore in High School. I was at an end of the year basketball banquet and it started snowing hard. My dad and I got to talking and we decided the weather was too good to pass up so we decided to leave the banquet early to go on an evening hunt.

We were supposed to meet up with a couple of friends of ours but they got stuck in the snow so it was just me, my dad, and our black lab who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. By the time we broke a hole in the ice we had ducks flying in from every direction so we put out two decoys and jumped in the blind with less than an hour left of shooting time.

My dad has always loved watching me shoot rather than himself so I was shooting as fast as he could reload the guns. Needless to say we shot our 14 mallards and sat back and watched the show of birds flying everywhere.

Once it was time to pickup we were hesitant of our old dog running and breaking through the ice but there was no stopping her. We had 13 in the blind and noticed our last one was on the edge of the water to our right so I hopped out of the blind and walked along the edge with the pup until she was able to see it. When she came back lo and behold it had a band on it. The ONLY readable letter or number on the band was the letter "E" which i believe is from the word service. In some parts the band is so worn through it is paper thin on the edges.

That hunt was the last one I was able to have with my dog because she got so bad we had to put her down the next day or so. Needless to say the band sits on my shelf and will always be the most important one to me because it was from a hunt I will never forget and from a dog I will always miss. Its crazy how things happen like that but I am forever thankful for that band because it brings back good memories of my old friend.

Its memories like that that make hunting worth while! :beer:
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Re: Special Bands

Postby spoonie08 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:59 am

Shot a double banded mallard on New Years day....a nice new years present to me and my buddy...it was a $100 reward band. (the green band on the right is the 100$ reward band) Any body else ever shot one of these?
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Re: Special Bands

Postby shootable Goose » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:14 pm

Anybody have a bunch of bands laying around? I really want one to show off to my brother. If someone gave me one I would love it.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby Fowlmood dude » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:56 pm

been hunting fowl for 3yrs 2pretty hardcore got my first band this yr off a Canadian goose from a layout boat with a bud.. iam in NY and it was banded in VT 7 yrs ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Special Bands

Postby spoonycalling1 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:27 am

spoonie08 wrote:Shot a double banded mallard on New Years day....a nice new years present to me and my buddy...it was a $100 reward band. (the green band on the right is the 100$ reward band) Any body else ever shot one of these?


Man that would be nice if i shot a reward band...it would probably have a good memory to it too!
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Re: Special Bands

Postby alanwebfoot » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:32 am

My first and ONLY band [yet] was on a dove ,,does that count,,? It was also my young pups first retrieve.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:37 am

the only band i've ever got was an 8 year old greenhead banded in alberta, shot in utah. i got out of the boat and it jumped up right in front of me. my buddy was sneaking up on a single duck while i was getting my duck. i came back with a banded duck and he came back with a shot up decoy!!
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Re: Special Bands

Postby duckman27 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:26 pm

#1- First Greenhead ever- turned out to be banded 12/2004
#2- First 3 shot triple 2009
#3- My buddy shot this one with me and it's next to the fortune cookie from the night before- Redhead- 2011
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Re: Special Bands

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:22 pm

spoonie08 wrote:Shot a double banded mallard on New Years day....a nice new years present to me and my buddy...it was a $100 reward band. (the green band on the right is the 100$ reward band) Any body else ever shot one of these?

I've killed a couple of $100's. Never one off of a duck all of mine have been off of geese.
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Special Bands

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:23 pm

Here is a $50 I killed this year.


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Re: Special Bands

Postby 2500hdon37s » Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:35 pm

I shot 2 geese 2010-2011 sesason and in the 2011-2012 season I shot a banded green wing teal 2nd day of season, my first hunt of the year.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby Colby88 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:16 pm

2500hdon37s wrote:I shot 2 geese 2010-2011 sesason and in the 2011-2012 season I shot a banded green wing teal 2nd day of season, my first hunt of the year.


Where was the teal banded? I also shot one early on in the season down here and it was banded in the Yk delta just weeks prior. Funny enough my fiance who is a waterfowl biologist knows the lady that banded my teal.
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Northern Shoveler = 4
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Re: Special Bands

Postby dmiller_time » Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:45 pm

First banded bird I ever killed, woodie hen. The second is my buddys first band on a woodie drake. Both from this season in south Ga.

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Re: Special Bands

Postby lukea.becker » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:33 am

my first band was in 2008 and it was a canada goose with a neck collar and a leg band. we had a pair sneak in from behind us and i was the only one that could shoot and i dropped them both. imagine my surprise when i walked up to it and saw that bright orange neck collar! turns out it was banded in ontario in 1999 and was 10 years old.

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