The only banded duck I shot was killed at 8 years after being banded in Alberta. Its band was clear as day to read. He must have been a park duck most of his life. Makes me wonder what yours went through. So did you get some money?Yes, I guess I forgot to give an update on the double banded mallard. I used the Muratic Acid dip method and I was BARELY able to make out the numbers on both the regular band and the reward band. To the naked eye, they still look totally bare. Anyway, the resulting info was not that amazing: It was banded in Scandia, Alberta in 2008. He was at least 7 years old, but I guess he ran his legs through some knarly stuff in his life.