Banded Duck Stories

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  1. JuvieCoot

    JuvieCoot Elite Refuge Member

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    I have a handful of gagball and a wigeon band from Summer Lake that were shot in the Sac Valley. Longest travelers were a ross I shot on Sunday that was banded in Nunavut, and my first band was a drake pintail from Saskatchewan, shot on the Salton Sea.
     
  2. CA Birdman

    CA Birdman Elite Refuge Member

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    Son got ross banded in Nunavut shot in Colusa, CA that was banded in 1998 shot in 2015 and was at least year old when banded. Shot Ross Saturday in Colusa, CA banded on North Slope Alaska that was banded 20087 and at least a year old. Best duck was pintail shot in Galt, CA that was banded in Sask. that was 12 years old.
     
  3. Green Duck Truck

    Green Duck Truck Washington State Moderator Moderator

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    I've gotten lots of local bands and bands from throughout Washington, along with bands from: Alberta, British Columbia, Nunavut/Northwest Territories, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and California. Most memorable?

    -A couple of mallard bands off of birds that had been banded in the Sacramento/San Francisco areas that reverse migrated north to Washington in the fall (banded in August, shot about two months later up in WA).

    -My first ever goose as a kid was a small Canada goose that I shot out of a flock that was banded on the north coast of Alaska, up not far from Prudhoe Bay. Haven't gotten a goose band since!

    -Went back to back on banded birds twice. Once when I was about 19, I was pass shooting flocks of mallards in a snowstorm. Knocked a drake out of one flock into the snow. Banded. Next flock about 5 minutes later, another drake mallard fell in the snow. Also banded! Another time I ended one season with a banded bird, and started the next with another one. Back-to-back banded ducks with an eight month delay in between.

    I really like the stories that bands tell. It's always fun to get one. I'd love to get a band on some different waterfowl species. My 55 bands are all from just three species: Mallards (46), Woodducks (8), Canada Goose (1). I'd be especially thrilled to someday get a banded teal or pintail! :pra:yes
     
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  4. Ducksergeantorg

    Ducksergeantorg Senior Refuge Member

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    That's alot of band's, nice job!!!
     
  5. boatdriver

    boatdriver Senior Refuge Member

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    You northern folks kill all the bands before they get a chance to make it down here!!! I hunt in way south LA, roughly 18 miles form the Gulf of Mexico..... Thus far 10 bands:

    Mallard drake- from Michigan
    Gray drake- South Dakota
    Green-winged teal- Michigan
    Blue wing- Saskatchewan
    Speck- Nunavut
    (2) mottled duck- local
    Pintail drake- South Dakota
    (2) Black bellied whistlers- local, they live in our marsh now. We actually killed 5 last year on the lease.
     
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  6. Greg Neyman

    Greg Neyman New Member

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    I have 2 different bands from the Northwest Territories and my buddy got one the other day from theor as well!
     
  7. cholt

    cholt Senior Refuge Member

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    Got a few shot a speck that was banded in 96 Nunavut shot in Arkansas in 06 a mallard banded in 2000 around Ontario and shot in Alabama in 2014 a wood duck banded in 2005 shot in Alabama in 2009 hoping to snag a few more have had three others shot in groups that I let other people have not really sure who shot them
     
  8. prosserlabs

    prosserlabs Senior Refuge Member

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    Some of you have read this story before, but I will tell it again. Last winter my son Robert and I were hunting our own pond and shot 3 bands in one afternoon. He shot back to back hens. One of the hens was banded in Mabton, 12 miles away, and 1 banded in Porthill Idaho. I shot a banded drake that was banded in Othello Washington. They were retrieved by his dog Cooper which was raised out of my dogs. The only mounts I have ever had done are pictured below.


    mallard mounts.jpg
     
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  9. Smalma

    Smalma Senior Refuge Member

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    There might be some band magic in Prosserlab's dogs. My female pup (Cassie) which is also out of Prosserlab's dogs very first waterfowl retrieve was a banded snow goose. The pup was only about 6 and 1/2 months old at the time while at first a little confused on how to get hold of the bird brought the bird to me and released to hand on command like a champ!

    Curt
     
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  10. GK1

    GK1 Elite Refuge Member

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    Shot sequentially numbered bands on honkers.....10 years apart.
     
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