Banded Duck Stories

Discussion in 'Washington Flyway Forum' started by Ducksergeantorg, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. johnliester

    johnliester Senior Refuge Member

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    A Ross' from NWT, 11 years old. 2 snows, both from Ikpikpuk river delta, 13 and 16 years old. Several canada goose bands from mostly local areas, the oldest being 17. Most are 2-3 year old birds. In 45 years of waterfowl hunting, I have never shot a banded duck.
     
  2. HaydenHunter

    HaydenHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Wow! In 22 years of hunting I have shot 7 banded ducks but not one banded goose. And we shoot a lot of geese up here.
     
  3. WYtransplant

    WYtransplant Senior Refuge Member

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    I shot my first band at 14, came back to the blind with it all pumped up, and my old man said, last I checked you can't eat them...
    Realized while they are cool for tracking migration patterns of waterfowl and aiding in biology, I don't hold them in high esteem over the actual waterfowl themselves. I do find the science interesting and like to see where they came from and where they ended but the band itself goes in a drawer.
     
  4. Ducksergeantorg

    Ducksergeantorg Senior Refuge Member

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    Sure is fascinating how they migrate. Yes it is about the birds and a nice meal.
     
  5. widgeon10

    widgeon10 Senior Refuge Member

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    been lucky with bands although few years now since i got 1. shot pintail drake in 2001 that was banded in 1984 in alaska. shot a sandhill crane in sask. that was banded in nebraska with a transmitter on its leg. shot a ross goose in sask. that was banded 3 weeks earlier in nunavat with a band about 1500 mile trip. another ross with 50.00 money band. speck banded in maine shot in winnie texas. and many others
     
  6. Ducksergeantorg

    Ducksergeantorg Senior Refuge Member

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    Wow, banded in Maine, shot in Texas. That's wild..
     
  7. Duck_Hunter_88

    Duck_Hunter_88 New Member

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    I have a few bands, but the only memorable story I can think of was a couple of years ago. I was on a several year band drought and a flock came in and I shot 2 drake mallards and both were banded. I thought they were probably banded together as a family but one was banded in Idaho and the other Alaska, in the same year. I thought the odds of 2 banded ducks coming together from 2 families were pretty low.
     
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  8. Ducksergeantorg

    Ducksergeantorg Senior Refuge Member

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    You may need a Lotto Ticket, that's a good one!!
     

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