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Let's here some banded birds stories

I Was wondering what's some of the stories my fellow sportsman have on shooting banded birds. How were they shot,have you ever shot two super close together , more than one in a day etc . Also does anyone know the odds of shooting one ?!
November 29, 2013 at 9:59pm
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Posted November 30, 2013 at 12:11pm

I have killed two banded ducks in 16 years of duck hunting, 9 years of 20 or more times a year, one in 2007 and one last weekend, nothing close, but on the same refuge back home

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Posted November 30, 2013 at 8:55pm

About 4 years ago we were about to pick up at the end of the hunt when my dad told me I couldn't hit this dogris coming to us. We knew it was going to fly by at about 40 yards and not slow down so like anybody not wanting to decline the opportunity to shoot a bird that the old man obviously couldn't shoot I grabbed my gun. I shot it went down skipping and I just grinned at my dad and told him 'back'. When he came back he didn't realize it was banded until I said something. Shocked was an understatement. Til this day he still takes every 'dare' shot I give him. Good luck guys the rest of the season

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Posted November 30, 2013 at 9:24pm
I've had some awesome hunts

i was asking cause i have shot 5 in 3 years. All of them are wood ducks. shot the first in 2010-2011 season which was a female. skipped a season in 2011-2012 and shot two in two days during the 2012-2013 season! female on december 31st 2012 then a male jan 1st 2013. This past monday 11/25, i picked up two more out of my three limit. Both were males also. they were from- havana florida, wisconsin,third one was banded by LARRY REYNOLDS in grassy lake wma,kentucky, and ohio. i shot all of them in the same area, four of them in the exact same way while standing in the same spot. i know some people could think 'no way!' but im dead serious! if i shoot some more i might not make it back home lol

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Posted December 01, 2013 at 7:55am

Louisiana bands some where around 500-700 woodies a year. And I am sure the other states do also, my bird was banned from the upper ouachita reserve, I wish I could kill two in one day I would have the boys stuffed and having on my wall lol, I have killed a wood and a green head I want the all the major birds with bands mounted by the time I can't hunt any more. What area are you hunting to kill so many woodies. We don't have that many woodies in the marshes

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Posted December 01, 2013 at 4:00pm
A good deed turned bitter sweet

Years back, my school teacher wife encouraged me to take the janitor from her school duck hunting at my NEW hunting club blind. At the beginning of our hunt, we dropped a drake mallard in the grass and I volunteered to go get it. While retreiving the bird, another drake mallard kept circling right over the blind. I yelled out 'shoot' and he killed the greenhead. As I walked up the the bird's tail feathers barely sticking up out of the soft marsh, I had an eerie feeling come over me. When I pulled the bird from the muck, it was 'DOUBLE BANDED w/ a $100 REWARD' to go with it. I was tempted to swap the birds on the way back to the blind, but I gave him the credit he was due & he proudly has it mounted in his home.

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Posted December 02, 2013 at 2:36pm
I want to wait for an awesome mount

I never thought to mount them when I shot the two woodies cause it's quite expensive. A few years back, me and a buddy, were scouting some lakes in the woods and he shot a woodie with a big blue patch on the middle of his head. We seen him close after being hit but he went under and got away. Just cause it's banded don't mean it's wall worthy to me. I want to wait for unique ducks to mount lol. It's funny you were saying something about feeling a weird energy when you picked up that banded mallard. I was telling my girlfriend the same thing about the last 4. Just before I picked them up it's like I visioned picking it up with a band then actually did it. The guys I hunt with have taken people before with the same results. First time hunter shoots a band that day. They've all been hunting 20-45 years and only one has shot a band. If I shoot something other than a wood duck that's banded I will probably mount it. Black duck , maybe ??!? C'mon guys I know there's more banded bird stories out there, LETS HEAR EM!

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Posted December 02, 2013 at 4:47pm
Banded Blue Wing

Weird that you bring this up, my buddy just shot his first, and the first one I've seen shot out of this area, when i was younger my dad would shoot one every two or three years. 2 weeks ago we were hunting Big Branch and my buddy shot a BEAUTIFUL blue-wing drake that was banded. He was in perfect condition, looked like he had a heart attack and not one bb hit him. It was pretty exciting, I have yet to shoot mine!! Thats crazy that you shot 2 within 2 days!! nice job

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Posted December 03, 2013 at 1:57pm
Even crazier

Two in two days and then two in one day

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Posted December 03, 2013 at 2:39pm
Alaskan bands

My brothers roommate lived in Alaska before moving down here to attend LSU. Every year that he has been down here his dad travels from their home in Fairbanks to make a hunt with him. Two years ago they were on a duck/goose hunt together in Simmesport, LA. Midway through the hunt they jumped up on a group of specks and each shot one. Upon retrieving the geese they saw that both were banded. After calling in the numbers they found out the two birds were banded in 2008, on the same day in Alaska!! The only difference was one was a male and the other a female.

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Posted December 04, 2013 at 7:53am
banded birds -

Years ago when I lived in New Mexico, there was a state maintained marsh area specifically for waterfowl. The state would plant during the spring and flood the marshes during the fall. It was a wonderful area for several years until the masses caught on to it. As here in La., people would follow you into an area and set up right on top of you. I had made a 12' pirouge, at the time the only one in the state I think. The ponds would freeze up with ice 2 inches thick. I'd put my gear and dekes in the front of the pirouge, and push the pirouge in front of me breaking the ice to one of my favorite spots. One morning a guy was using my 'trail' thru the ice following me out to a pond. He ended up setting up not far away enough altho' I had shined him and told him not to get within range, it did not matter.
At daylight some Mallards came to the call, and I busted two drakes. One fell into the little area I had cleared of ice making a open honey hole. The other big drake hit the ice edge and skidded about 70 yards, right to the guy that set up on me. As the guy had been actually honoring birds I was calling and taking ones he had better chance on away from my hole, when he yelled 'Hey, here's your drake'... I shouted to him he could keep it if he wanted. I did not want to break 2 inch thick ice with my knees all the 70 yards to him for the bird. When he hollered back 'hey, this one's banded', I said' I'll be right there'....that banded Mallard drake wore me out. That was one of the last hunts I made to that area due to the small proximity and growing number of inconsiderate hunters.

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Posted December 04, 2013 at 11:08am

I've never killed a banded duck but remember as a kid going into blind river bar to eat or shoot a game of pool during duck season . Deer hunting wasn't that popular at the time because there wasn't as many deer as there is today , so everybody that had a camp duck hunted and went to the bar fri and sat night wearing their banded necklaces . Some of the old timers had full necklaces of bands with their calls on the end .

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Posted December 04, 2013 at 11:30am

In the late 80s I had a pair of Mallards come in. I missed the 1st shot and killed the on the 2nd, before I could get off the 3rd shot my buddy shot and killed the 2nd bird. I went and picked our ducks up and both were banded I almost had a double and have regreted that 1st shot ever since!!

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Posted December 04, 2013 at 6:17pm

back in the early 80's around pass a loutre, shot a duck with a band and sent off for the info. Surprise surprise--the WLF said it was banded in Kentucky of all places!!

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Posted December 04, 2013 at 7:06pm
bands I have and why they mean something to us

I have 3 bands (2 greenheads and 1 ringneck). This is in about 20 years of hunting. I have them displayed on my duck call laynard. They mean everything to me, but its funny how a man installed item on a bird can mean so much to a hunter. I guess its the data history that goes along with the bird that makes it special. I think that history can show how intelligent or non intelligent some of the duck species are. The mallards made it many years before being killed while a banded scaup/dosgris my brother in law shot, didn't make it one year from where it was banded.

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Posted December 04, 2013 at 8:49pm
Duck jewelry

3 in 30 years of hunting. All were drake woodies. All were killed in the basin, and were banded in Louisiana.

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Posted December 06, 2013 at 7:01pm

Ive killed two bands in 16 years of duck hunting.. Funny thing is i never found either one.. The first was a mottled duck i killed in PAC, bird was banded in golden meadow. I had a pair come in and shot one and missed the other two shots (this is back when the limit was 2 or 3). The bird i knocked down hit me in the leg when it fell, i looked down saw one leg wasnt banded and didnt check the other.. a few minutes later a buddy picks the bird up and sees its banded, of course i went crazy it was my first band. The second bird was a dove that came from alabama.. i didnt even know they banded doves? sure enough another guy picked it up for me and found the band on his leg. A few weeks ago i was hunting with another guy and a few teal came in and we both dropped one each, i walked out to get the birds and sure enough HIS was banded haha..I was just as excited as he was, it was his first.. Its always exciting having a banded bird in the bunch because of how rare they are

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