Senior Refuge Member
- Feb 12, 2018
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HAHAHAHA I KNOW THAT FEELING!!There have been a collection of men hunting ducks out of our camp since the 60's. Thousands of birds taken. 2 bands.
The very first was a banded ringbill I shot one morning late in the season. I was excited to see where it came from. NWT? Northern Quebec? It had been banded about 15km away.. I felt cheated.
My first band, so old, could only read 1 number. Thought it would be something special. NOPE 14 years old and banded 30 mi south from where I killed it.
Last year killed a really worn down pintail band. First four matched one of my buddies that was killed in Canada and even the final numbers weren't far apart. Figured it would be another Canada band... NOPE 10 year old band that was banded at our local refuge about 100 mi south.
Lots of our mallard bands, the biologist colored in the numbering with nail paint. I am guessing he would paint the band a color, let it dry and then go back over it with nail paint remover but the coloring stayed down in the number etching. So whenever you killed a band with numbers that were colored, we always knew exactly where it came from and who the biologist was. Pretty neat but defeated the purpose of ensuring they were reported. Have gold, blue, and green numbered bands.