We do not get many banded birds where I live and do most of my hunting. In the 29 years that I have lived and hunted in Colorado I have shot four banded Mallards in Colorado and one banded Snow Goose in Saskatchewan. If someone around where I live has 25+ bands on their lanyard they spent some money on Ebay. The guide keeping bands is just bad business. You would think that if a band is shot they could create some goodwill and return customers by letting the client keep the band, but what do I know?