Bands from Guided hunt???

Discussion in 'The Duck Hunters Forum' started by BAYDOG, Mar 8, 2018.

who gets the band?

  1. Hunter paying the guide

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  2. Guide offering the hunt

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  1. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    I'm always shocked people care one way or another what another man does with bands. My grandfather died before I was born. He only duck hunted a little bit, but he had a couple of bands on a string lanyard. My father had bands on his lanyard, and virtually every duck hunting hero of mine growing up had bands on their lanyard. Before resident geese and ebay, a lanyard full of bands pretty much meant you hunted A HELL OF A LOT...nothing more.

    I do have a friend who picked up two lunch sacks full of duck bands at a street market in Mexico back in the 80s. Several hundred bands for a couple of bucks. We assumed the ducks had been poisoned.
     
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  2. CanardNoir

    CanardNoir Senior Refuge Member

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    The only problem here is, that few shooters will see and/or can claim the banded bird they actually shot, while it is in the air.
     
  3. CanardNoir

    CanardNoir Senior Refuge Member

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    Most band likely go unreported.

    The "sack" may have been bands that were never used. But you really couldn't say without seeing them.

    I have a band from a 19-20 year migration of a mallard drake, and worn to the point where the numbers were barely readable. So the condition of each band used on a duck or goose declines over time.
     
  4. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    They were definitely used. Wear varied from almost new to unreadable. All were Avise bands.
     
  5. Rick Hall

    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    Would think it varies with habitats, but the late Senior Flyway Biologist, Art Brazda, once told me discerning waterfowl lifespans was complicated by a typical band's wearing through in around twenty years.
     
  6. dukhnter8

    dukhnter8 Senior Refuge Member

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    Also the way they are installed on the leg determines wear pattern. Some banders swear by the D style, making the band a D on the leg so the thought is it only moves up and down. While others think keep it a circle therefore the wear varies, is not just on 2 sides and the band stays on the longest. No studies have been done which is better as far as I know, but my thought is the circle is better.

    My first band and my favorite is a hen mallard I was radio tracking for most of the summer while working for DU Canada in Alberta. She was a couple days from hatching her nest before getting killed by a canine (based on tooth patterns). I don't have many, just a few I shot but I do remember the hunt from each one.
     

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