vt duck wrote:so just seem amazing that you see some poeple's yanlard just full of bands then?
There are some places where bands are relatively easy to get. A couple friends of mine used to live and hunt in the center of three places the State of Ohio banded geese. The first year they hunted waterfowl hard in the fields, killing 190? Canada geese and about 90 ducks, one of them acquired 13 goose bands in the process. I hunt about 50 miles away from them and normally get 1 or 2 a season. Last year I shot 61 Canada geese and got 2 bands. The year before I shot 31 and got 4 bands.
Usually, getting a band is a matter of pure luck .... simply because you don't know if the bird you're shooting at is wearing a band or not, unless it also has a neck collar. However, being in an area where they band a lot of birds ..... and shooting a lot of birds .... increases your odds that some will be wearing bands.
I have a friend who is a fireman and can hunt quite a bit through the week. He's got a 24 gun gun cabinet which has neck collars stacked on top two high from one side to the other. He's got two lanyards completely full of goose bands. But, he kills 50 to 75 geese a year and has done it for many years.