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Its quiet in here and i don;t see alot of new posts so i thought i would start one i saw on another forum.

Whats the oldest binded bir you have gotten.

A few years ago i shot a 8 year old mallard. I could harldy read the tag as some of the numbers were warn right down. It was banded as an adult so it was over 8 years old.

What about everyone else?
 
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The oldest banded bird i have ever shot was an 9 year old common goldeneye(whistler), I shot over here on lake nipissing after breaking the ice for about two hours to get to open water in late november, they say that the average life span of a common goldeneye is about 4 and 1/2 years so this was quite an old one.
 

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You are the only other person i know that calls them whistlers. If i call them whistlers everyone always asks what a whistler is.
 
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I killed a 9 year old Mallard Drake that was banded as an adult. That was in North Louisiana 4 years ago. He was banded in Manitoba.
 

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7 year old mallard drake a couple years ago - it was banded in the next town over from where I recovered it on Great Bay.

In Ellington CT, back in 1984 I believe, I got an eight year old goose. She had been banded in Mich I think.
 

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I've only got two bands :( But one was banded two months and the other one day :? . He flew fromway up north the day he was banded to tennessee in one day. cool huh !! :D
 

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I shot a big bull Can about 20 years back. It weighed in at 4 3/8 pounds :shock: It was banded---no way to tell the numbers it was so worn, heck where the leg bone was it had worn away the metal 3/16" down. It is REAL old to say the least--but exactly how old is a good question. Too bad the numbers could not all be seen. :(
 

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In 2001 I killed a 9 year old white fronted goose. His gray neck collar was worn in half, how that happened I don't know and his leg band was worn smooth. I could barely see the numbers on the leg band. By far these bands were the rarest in my collection. :D
 

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I shot a pacific black brant that was 17 years old. FWS didn'y believe me so I had to send in the band. They sent it back with conformation!
 

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three years ago i shot a 8 year old dreak mallard from Klammathfalls oregon.I was hunting blind 6 out of Los Banos CaliBut i know a guy who shot a 28 year old goose out of los banos.Ive been told its possible for gesse to get to be 30 years old by a biologost thats a long time to fly through double bbs lol
 

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oh yeah ... the oldest band i have shot was a 7 year old greater .... wait... that is my only band :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:
 

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I've shot at some birds that had to be really old cause the shot just bounced off them. :toofunny: Honestly the oldest bird I have shot that was banded was a 4 year old goose that was banded in New Brunswick and the other two birds that had bands were 2yrs and the same yr as shot. Both were banded in Round Hill 30 miles from where I hunt.

Keep the sport alive take a kid hunting/ fishing.
 
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