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Not quite a lanyard full but 12 bands in 22 years. I say most of the time it is luck but I was hunting with Tom on "The year of the bands" and had the limit of been 6 instead of 3 we would of increased our take of bands dramatically. Last year I was fortunate enough to hunt a field that I'm sure had many banded birds come in and we got zip. I know there were well over a dozen banded because I followed the flock and seen the birds and couldn't believe we got none. I shot one goose on a guided hunt many years ago and it managed to fall directly into my pit and hit me. It was banded and the guides tried to talk me out of it. All other birds shot during the day were retrieved by the guides or their dogs and brought back to the guide pit and distributed to the hunters so I suspect I know where a lot of their bands came from. You can put the odds in your favor by knowing where the banding has been done! Not a sure thing but definately increases the odds. I have got one banded goose out of 7 so far this season.

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Eric Wettschreck

Hanson, Now I know why everyone was pointing and laughing at me last fall!!!! grin.gif

Good thing I'm an emotionally stable fella, or I'd feel bad. Anyone out there have a tissue?????

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Pooh

well since opener morning we shot 31 geese and one had a band. it was a goose from maryland and it was shot here in mid-minnesota. that bird is a long way from home. cooler yet the band had a bb dent in it that had rusted over so the goose had bee shot at before. i personally have no bands but have been with people who shot birds that did. that is almost as thrilling, but you just dont get the band for the prize and pride.


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Nitebiter

Got a banded goose this weekend around the Chaska area, but the guide i was workin for gave it to our clients hopin for better tips.... %@$&*%$#& didnt give either of us a dime and i lost YET ANOTHER BAND!! Now i remember why i like to hunt by myself..

4 banded honkers killed by my gun in the last 2 years.... 2 on my lanyard to show for it.... go figure!!

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decoy

My Buddy and I hunted this weekend on private land. Saw thousands of geese. Friday night he hunted alone and called at dark to tell me he had shot a banded honker. We were both thrilled! (I was a little jealous).

Sunday Morning, we went out to the same field. I dropped a banded goose at 6:59am. The band #'s were 300+ off. Still very exciting. 1st bands for both of us.

I've hunted geese for 9yrs. 1st band... Awesome!

decoy

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jiggin' fool

Pooh,

To begin with, are you sure the bird was "from" Maryland, or are you looking at the band, and seeing "Maryland" stamped into the band, and thinking that is where the bird was banded??? That is the headquarters for Migratory bird banding effort, USFWS, and when you contact them, they will tell you where that bird was actually banded.
Now, for some real interesting data. I work for 2 guide services here in S.E. MN, (names to remain anonymous), and last year, during the last week of November, we had a huge influx of honkers move in. One field in particular was HOT. Two guide services "shared" the field, and the field is capable of hunting 30 people. We had clients filling those pits nearly every day of that week, and I won't tell you how many geese we killed, but you do the math.., as we limited nearly every day. We DO NOT double trip, and our operation is completely on the up and up. (Our local warden will confirm that). Bottom line, in that PILE of honkers shot just during that one week.., NOT ONE WAS BANDED!!!!! Our total band take last year was 2-birds!!!! We shot more geese last year than the average Joe would ever shoot in 2 lifetimes, and only 2-birds were banded!!! So, if the percentage of banded birds that migrate through our neck of the woods is at %0.40, how many honkers would you have to shoot to have a lanyard full if you hunted our area??? Without breaking out the calculator, it would be somewhere in the 3000-plus figure!!!!! Do you plan on shooting over 3000 honkers in your lifetime here in MN?????
Lastly, keep in mind that the USFWS "targets" species that need valuable information. Scaup, (bluebills), are really receiving this attention now, and are heavily banded, AND even "dyed" different colors, to help indentify shift in migration routes, stop-overs, numbers.., any info they can get to help them solve the mystery of what is happening to this fun little duck. You have a greater chance of shooting a banded bluebill then you have of shooting a banded Canada goose, especially a Giant Cananda goose. The USFWS, last year, did ask states to step-up the banding efforts of LOCAL geese to prove that the early seasons are doing what they are intended to do.., shoot LOCAL geese. I shot 2 banded Giant Canada's last year, both banded in Rochester. The year before that, my buddy and I each shot banded honkers in the early-season, mine was banded in Iowa, and his in Illinios. I would have never shot them, had they not stepped-up the effort to band locals.
Lastly, Tom is right on the money with LOCATION. I hunt waterfowl in 3 states and a Canadian providence nearly every year, and I know people that have a TON of bands, and they are not exactly waterfowl guru's. They just live in areas where 10's of thousands of ducks/geese stage each year, and that many of those ducks/geese are from an area that is INTENSELY banded.
So the next time you slip that lanyard over your head, and it has 3 bands on it, here is one hunter that RECOGNIZES you are an avid waterfowl hunter. And if you have 30-bands, and you took them LEGALLY, well I can tell you that you didn't get many, if any of them, from this area!!!!!!
Have a great fall folks..., and if you shoot a banded bird, PLEASE call it in, get your certificate.., and where that band PROUDLY!!!!!!!!

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Pooh

jigging i dont know i you were jsut useing me for an example or misunderstood what i wrote, but im confused. i have no bands. but have been around when one is taken. i said we shot 30 geese and that one did have a band.
just clarifying.
Pooh

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berfish

I am thinking they must band a lot of birds from the Bemidji area. Right downtown on the lake in the little park there are about 30-100 geese year round. That is the flock or family or whatever that I saw. I am pretty sure they go everywhere together. Like everyone said before LOCATION.
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Guest

Yes, they do ban the heck out of the Lake Bemidji flock, ducks and geese both. It's easy pickins for em since the waterfowl office is right there.

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Tour. Pro 175

Was out hunting this morning and was lucky enough to bag a banded drake mallard. Felt great to see that band. It's been Thirteen years since the last one. I hope it won't take that long for the next one!

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dkhntr

Does the band from my Bolens Callin string count? grin.gif

Been hunting for a 10 + yrs, no bands. But we really arnt in "banding area" either.

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East Rush Rules

Hey fellas,
Im sitting in the dumps right now. I am 16 and when i was 14 during the youth waterfowl hunt, i remember breasting a drake mallard and seeing something on its legg and saying what the heck is that thing. That was my first hunt ever, and i through that dang bang out with that darn bird!!! Now to only realize what i did! I am almost crying over here!

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mwktrapper

At age 19, I've shot a banded mallard and a banded goose. Have seen a lot of bands come out of the Bemidji area. I enjoy going down to the park and watching all those banded birds walking around down there. Out of 4 boys in my family, three of us shot our very first goose banded. We took my little brother out this year for early goose season and it weirded me out to see him shoot his first goose banded.

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Mike Walerak

Bands are fairly common here in S. Dakota. Just about everyone I hunt with shoots them with consistancy. I personally have never shot one. I think that is why people don't want to be next to me in the blind. (either I'm jinxed or I just smell bad) Our group as a whole has shot 2 honks already and 0 ducks. A little slow compaired to last year. We did get a blue band last year which he sold on E-bay for $250.00
mw

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hanson

Just curious how everybody did this season? Anybody get lucky with a band?

I didn't get out and hunt much this season do to other commitments. My priorities are mixed up I guess. confused.gif I did manage to get a very nice drake ringneck. That would have been the highlight of my season.

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Ray Esboldt

We shot a banded drake mallard yesterday in Anoka county! Pretty cool.

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Eric Wettschreck

A band??? Heck, I've hardly seen a duck in the last month let alone a banded one.

However, a buddy of mine shot a banded mallard this past weekend. Nice lookin bird.

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hanson

Boilerguy-

I don't know whether to laugh or cry!

My brother, who happens to be the duck hunter in the family, has been hitting it hard again now that he's done deer hunting and hasn't been doing too well.

What did we all do to deserve this nice, beautiful fall weather into early winter! Are we going to have ice yet this year? Sheesh!

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frozen toes

I got a nice drake wood duck with a band. It was definitely beginners luck as this is my first year duck hunting.

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Eric Wettschreck

Hanson, it's cool, go ahead and laugh at my pain. laugh.gif

Even though the ducks have been slim pickins round these parts, it sure beats being at work. And, hopefully the mother of all cold fronts will come down from Canada eh and freeze everything up so I can get to doin what I love the best. Drinkin in the fish house.

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hanson

OK- Bragging time!!!

Who added some Jewelry this season??

Once again, I didn't but I also didn't get out as much as I desired to.

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Tom Wilson

Just the ones from the photo sharing section smirk.gifsmirk.gif

Walleyenutz took one out of my boat this year though, I guess that kinda counts--I mean, he did have a good guide cool.gifcool.gifcool.gif

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Stratosman

I managed to get one this year, a banded drake mallard in North Dakota in October. I should thank my dog because I wounded the sucker and he had to search for it and dig it out the the catttails.

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outdoor ran

I was lucky enough to get 2 ducks with bands this year. First one was a mallard drake that was banded on Luther lake ont. aged at 1 1/2 yrs old. The second one was a Goldeneye that was banded in Thunder bay and was also 1 1/2 years old. So in my first 20 years of duck hunting I got 1 band and now I have 3 more bands in my last 2 years of hunting.

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Gustafson

I got a drake mallard at the end of oct this year that was banded in upstate New York in January of 2005. No wonder he was a loner, all the other ducks knew he was flying the wrong direction.

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loc9fisher

1 banded mallard drake this year. but the kicker is he had a band on each leg. one the tracking #, and the other $100 reward band. i tried to donate the $100 to a guy who lost his dog, but the durn fool wouldn't accept it after he found the dog. the nerve of some people wink.gif............loc9

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hanson

Hey, hey! This topic is going on 2 1/2 years now, lets keep it going! smile.gif

I'm still on the hunt for something wearing a band.

How's everyone else doing? Getting lucky?

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ec30_06

I got a blue winger from MD on opening weekend.

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Rost

EC- Did you call it in? Most bands have "MD" on it...

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Flick

Shot a banded mallard last weekend. Called it in and will post up where it was from when i get the info back.

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