Special Bands

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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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Re: Special Bands

Postby lukea.becker » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:39 am

this is one my buddy shot last season. the goose had 2 bands on it and one was labeled with Tim Grounds name and number. My buddy called him up and he said he gets half a dozen of these a year and that someone illegally banded a bunch of birds with his name on it. still pretty cool though i thought.

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Re: Special Bands

Postby Bigeasy08 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:08 am

For those of you who have shot geese with collars...I really don't see how you don't tear the heck out of those things when you shoot the goose...
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Re: Special Bands

Postby ByersFarm » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:13 pm

It's never been a problem on mine. I've hit some but not most.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby MossyMallard12 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:06 pm

Good memories, No bandes
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Re: Special Bands

Postby Token » Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:20 am

I shot my first banded duck on 12/18/1988 while hunting a corn field. Double banded, $100 Reward bird. Pretty cool for a first band. 52 banded mallards later and I still haven't shot another double banded bird. I've been close a couple of times, but no dice. The cool thing was that 10 years later to the day, my son was born.

My bands hold a lot of memories. A buddy and i shooting birds out of a flock and both getting bands from totally different banding areas. Spotting the band on the leg of a bull pinnie landing in the dekes. Spotting a band on a hen mallard and telling my boy to kill her. Driving past a dead mallard on the shoulder of the highway for a week before seeing a band on it after something flipped it over. The stumpy leg hen sporting a band(wondered if a largemouth had seen the shine and grabbed her leg). Back to back banded pinnies with a buddy of mine.

Some guys say bands aren't special, every one of mine is special.

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Re: Special Bands

Postby shootable Goose » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:04 am

Either a largemouth bass or a snapping turtle.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby RugerandMe » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:37 am

Only have two bands from Geese but a pretty cool story on one of them. We had a good group come over us down in a swamp and were able to take 3-4 of them but I had one sail on me. It went up over the hill and towards the field were we parked the truck but looked like it was still flying really good so we didnt think to much of it. We packed our stuff and headed for the truck, unloaded and headed across the field for the gate. About half way there we noticed a goose on the edge of the field with his head stuck in some brush. I hopped out and grabbed him by the leg, he was stone cold dead with two pellets right in the chest. Look down at his foot and found a band! Was the last day of the season and I wont forget that day.........
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Re: Special Bands

Postby Token » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:57 pm

shootable Goose wrote:Either a largemouth bass or a snapping turtle.

Actually I talked to the bander and he said she was club footed when he put the band on her...
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Re: Special Bands

Postby mojo coot » Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:58 pm

My first goose band had a flock of geese working us 10 broke off came in. Good we dropped 6 and out of those 5 was double banded
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Re: Special Bands

Postby spoonysmaker » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:17 pm

Got my first band on opeingin day this year on a 7 year old pintail banded in alaska. A month later i got 2 banded mallards on the same day. First 2 singles of the morning. I couldnt believe it when i shot the first one.... but after walking up to my second mallard of the morning I couldnt believe it was banded too! 2 shots 2 banded birds. One was banded in south eastern oregon and the other near orville. :grooving:
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Re: Special Bands

Postby shootable Goose » Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:08 pm

Token wrote:
shootable Goose wrote:Either a largemouth bass or a snapping turtle.

Actually I talked to the bander and he said she was club footed when he put the band on her...

That's cool that it can still survive with one foot.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby smbutler » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:47 am

I got my first band last year from a drake mallard. My dad killed a banded woody several years ago so I was really jealous of his band. The mallard landed a few minutes before shooting and jumped up right at shooting hour. Killed him clean :) Turns out he was banded 12 years ago in Saskatchewan Canada.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby Tyshe84 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:32 am

Got my first band this year on the last evening of the season in NW Indiana. Came off a drake mallard. Out of 1300 waterfowl from the club this year we only killed 7 bands.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby 2500hdon37s » Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:11 pm

Token wrote:
shootable Goose wrote:Either a largemouth bass or a snapping turtle.

Actually I talked to the bander and he said she was club footed when he put the band on her...

thats kinda stupid to put the band on the club foot.

but I think they always band the left leg.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby 2500hdon37s » Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:48 pm

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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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Band number: 0894-66942

Species: AMERICAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL

Date banded: 09/06/2007

Banding Location: LINESVILLE, CRAWFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, USA

Age: HATCHED IN 2006 OR EARLIER

Sex: MALE
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Re: Special Bands

Postby 2500hdon37s » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:07 pm

here is a pic of a hunt on 1-1-11! it was great!

my 2 brothers, my dad, and I were all hunting and had a group of 5 come in! all 5 got killed and 3 were banded! each of my brothers and I got a band! my band was 13 years old!
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Re: Special Bands

Postby kris brantner » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:15 am

three or four years ago me and the gf wrapped up hunting in the muddiest muckhole imaginable. im talking mud over your knees sometimes up to your crotch mud. needless to say we were both exausted. on the drive home i stopped and checked out a place where we just shoot sometimes. there was half a doz or so mallards sitting on a sandbar. the gf said she was too tired and told me to have at it. dropping two greenheads i pick up the first one and head over towards the second. its kicking and eventually i see a leg band. turns out it ended up being a jack miner band from 2004. needless to say the gf wasnt too happy that she stayed in the truck expecially after telling her how rare they are and i personally have only heard of one other person around this area harvesting one. it was pretty cool to rub it in her face.

i have another one. my dog is 10 years old now but his first year and our first year in nodak we were hunting a small day roost pond. my dad knocked one down in the grass and it was our first time hunting with the pup so it was taking a while. by the time he found it my dad had a few more laying on the water. set the pup up for his first blind retrieve. blind went smoothly and it ended up being a banded drake mallard that was banded a month earlier in south dakota. the bird flew a whole state north in one month to turn around and fly south in probably another month. it was probably my most special band and i didnt even harvest it. my dad no longer goes on the now annual trips to nodak and it being the pups first blind was something ill never forget
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Re: Special Bands

Postby Silage_duck » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:56 pm

Ive been hunting pretty hardcore for 3 years and up untill this year i had never harvested a Band, i have seen geese that had both neck collars and dbl leg bands, but they were all out of season. Well this year, first split, monday morning i went to a lil hole in the river i usually do well in. Was about to pick up bc i had not seen a duck all am, my dog on her Second hunt, perked her ears up and look down river, i hear a hen talking, so i talk back to her. I hear the whistling wings, two fat drakes and two hens come rolling in I dump the biggest drake, the others got into the timber and i had no shot. I kick the dog off on the duck and she brings it back, gets about 25ft from me and i seen the band and about flipped my lid. banded in 2006 in linesville, PA as an adult. I was pretty pumped to say the least.

Then in arkansas we had a volley of ringers come in and we dropped 4, One of them was banded in Nova Scotia in 2003 as an adult. The cool thing about it was it was the 4th bird, dog went and got all 4.. 2 of them were blinds as they dropped in the edge of the slough in the weeds.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby mudpack » Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:52 am

I've shot five banded birds in all my years of hunting waterfowl (my first hunt was in 1959, IIRC). The only one that was truly memorable was in 1997; a Bluewinged Teal that was the last bird shot on the last day of the hunt.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby possumfoot » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:41 pm

speck banded 20 mi nnw of deadhorse alaska.. killed in NW tn.

10$ reward on a canada killed the first year of the aug season in ND. it was aug... and it was 10 $ :yes:

2 banded birds in a day.. done it 3 times

first was on canadas... consecutive numbers.. killed out of different groups..

2nd was last year... 2 mallards... one 6 yo, the other 7..

3rd was last year.. decoying snows... killed a snow on a hail mary shot.. bird was leaving after several of his kin bit the dust... i was the only one using a mag extention and was shooting t's for my last few shots...
then the last bird of the day, we were picking up dekes with the 4-wheeler in the field, all the blinds striped, and most of the dekes picked.. lone ross sailed in and i walked to my gun and killed it...



radio transmitter on a hen mallard..

first band.. banded hen pin-tail.. christmas eve when i was 11
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Re: Special Bands

Postby shootable Goose » Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:08 pm

possumfoot wrote:speck banded 20 mi nnw of deadhorse alaska.. killed in NW tn.

10$ reward on a canada killed the first year of the aug season in ND. it was aug... and it was 10 $ :yes:

2 banded birds in a day.. done it 3 times

first was on canadas... consecutive numbers.. killed out of different groups..

2nd was last year... 2 mallards... one 6 yo, the other 7..

3rd was last year.. decoying snows... killed a snow on a hail mary shot.. bird was leaving after several of his kin bit the dust... i was the only one using a mag extention and was shooting t's for my last few shots...
then the last bird of the day, we were picking up dekes with the 4-wheeler in the field, all the blinds striped, and most of the dekes picked.. lone ross sailed in and i walked to my gun and killed it...



radio transmitter on a hen mallard..

first band.. banded hen pin-tail.. christmas eve when i was 11

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Re: Special Bands

Postby aceshooter31 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:43 pm

still havnt got a band yet i am a junior too 13 yrs old
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Re: Special Bands

Postby foldinducks » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:08 pm

killed 8 banded geese on the same day at presque isle bay/lake erie.they were banded a month before at presque isle bay/lake erie.we took a total of 18 geese that day between the three of us.put my 3 bands on a lanyard with a goose flute, and a rnt duck call that was later stolen out of my truck.all in all i wont ever forget that pile of geese.
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Re: Special Bands

Postby barryboy08 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:25 pm

My uncle, cousin, and I killing three money birds outta one flock of canadas totaling $200.00! that was my second season waterfowl hunting. Great times.
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