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Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby dablaw » Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:44 pm

Went out today and although we should have killed 5 or 6 today, we only ended up with this one Buffy drake...Oh well huh...Though I'd show a comparison to a GHG Oversized Buffy deke to show how big the pig really is...And a few good reference pics too...
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby captrong » Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:47 pm

Nice!! Congrats. :thumbsup: It is a fat little rascal.
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby dablaw » Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:13 pm

It's one of the old style bands...So just wondering how old he really is?? I'm going to the usgs site and we shall see...I didn't even know they banded buffies to be honest..I guess at some point in time all different kinds have been banded...
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby quackstacker2 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:00 pm

Nice post... Love the band! Wow that Buffy is the size of that deke! Cool!!!
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby mox » Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:01 pm

Thanks for sharing the pictures. Update us on the band when you find something out :thumbsup:
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby ccdrake88 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:40 pm

congrats on the bufflehead id say the banded ones are pretty rare!
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby wratliffky » Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:30 am

That is a stud of a bufflehead!
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby teamoutlaw » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:21 am

that makes the whole hunt. thats a nice sized one, i dont think ive shot one that big.
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby quackstacker2 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:43 am

I didnt know they even made them that big!!! :yes:
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby FOWLER2671 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:05 pm

Bands are rare enough but I dont' ever remember seeing a banded diver in person. It might be an octagenarian!
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby dablaw » Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:23 am

Band Number: XXXX-XXXXX
Species: BUFFLEHEAD
Date banded: 07/24/1986
Banding Location: STONE MILLS, JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK, USA
Age: HATCHED IN 1986
Sex: MALE TYTF

Now I entered this in 3 times and got the same thing..I'm almost ready to throw the BS flag on this one myself...I'm calling and talking to a person in the morning..Well it's morning now but in a few hours...That would put this bird at 25 years and nearly 5 months...That just doesn't seem possible to me..And look where it was banded...New York??? Now how the hell did it get to west KY...???? And after 25+ years wouldn't the band be all but destroyed??
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby mox » Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:34 am

dablaw wrote:Band Number: XXXX-XXXXX
Species: BUFFLEHEAD
Date banded: 07/24/1986
Banding Location: STONE MILLS, JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK, USA
Age: HATCHED IN 1986
Sex: MALE TYTF

Now I entered this in 3 times and got the same thing..I'm almost ready to throw the BS flag on this one myself...I'm calling and talking to a person in the morning..Well it's morning now but in a few hours...That would put this bird at 25 years and nearly 5 months...That just doesn't seem possible to me..And look where it was banded...New York??? Now how the hell did it get to west KY...???? And after 25+ years wouldn't the band be all but destroyed??

Wouldn't say its impossible...
"The oldest known waterfowl banded in North America was a Canada goose that lived to be 30 years and 4 months old. The oldest mallard lived to 26 years, 4 months.

Taken from: http://www.flyways.us/surveys-and-monitoring/banding-and-marking-programs/banding-factoids

Your band my quite possibly be on some kinda old duck list somewhere my friend! :thumbsup:
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby teamoutlaw » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:37 am

we shot a banded blue goose at ten mile pond that looked like a brand new band but later found out it was banded 13 yrs prior.
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby mmayes » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:52 am

It's possible that it is that old, But that band does not show any wear on it and it looks to be a newer band. It could be a re-capture and the old band was so worn they purt a new one on it???

Either way cool trophy.

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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby teamoutlaw » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:54 am

I would mount that hog.
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby KYDUCKKILLA » Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:55 pm

That is a beautiful duck. Awesome pics!
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby gupsy2083 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:53 am

saw a bluebill somewhere on the taxi forum had 3 bands, 2 leg bands and 1 nasal, 20 something years old, its very possible, but i would be calling shane for a mount for sure, or birdman...
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby dablaw » Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:03 pm

Got this micro buffy this morning on a quick Christmas eve hunt with one of my sons...He actually shot it...It weighed in at 8.2 ounces...What a piglet huh...I think the banded one I shot here while back above in the pics could eat this one..I have killed hundreds of buffy's and this is the tinyest to date...Well, like I said, my son killed it, not me...It's hard to tell how small it is but it just fit in my wifes tiny hand...I'm going to mount it up with the banded Pig I killed to show the difference in sizes with these things...Already got him skinned and wire wheeled and put in the freezer till after Christmas...Son also killed a pig of a Bluebill today as well..Was just a quick hour or so hunt for the heck of it...Merry Christmas..David.
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby dablaw » Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:12 pm

Oh and btw the banded Buffy turns out that they couldn't give me a previous band ID but they almost think it has to be a re-band..The woman I talked to guessed the field banding staff may have just not re-recorded it to it's corresponding band, so when I looked it up it showed it like this was the original band..No way to prove it either way without records..She told me she wasn't even born yet when all this happened..lol...Either way, it's still ancient...
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Re: Even a blind squirrel gets a nut...

Postby ChevyKYfowler24 » Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:45 pm

very nice :thumbsup: that mount of the two birds together comparing sizes will be neat. you will def have to post pictures when the two are complete
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