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Well I got back from Idaho today a couple hours before sunset, so I decided to take out the pup to my secret spot and see what's happenin'. I got to my pond and about 100 mallards jump off it out of range, so I wait and they circle around and over me...pick out a nice drake...Bang! To my suprise Ally came running back with a BANDED drake mallard!!! Ya could have heard me hoop'n and holler'n for miles!

This is my first duck band and on a huge drake mallard, 4 Curls!

Proud papa!!!


 

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so wheres this spot?
 

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tapehoser said:
Sorry, I'm not a fowl hunter.

What does it mean if your duck has a band around its leg?
He won the waterfowlers lottery!
The us fish & wildlife service band a number of birds to track them throughout their life cycles. They gather very valuable data about the migration patterns and many other things when a hunter reports a leg band. Hope this helps.
 

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Man thats cool. I need to get out. I've been locked up in urbanized he!! for tha last two weeks. I think I'm feeling sick day coming on.
 

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Congrats on your band! That is also an awesome picture! I'm embarrassed to say that today was my first chance to get out and duck hunt. We jumped a few mallards off of our spot when we approached just before light. We threw out our dek's and hunkered down to wait. With in a couple of minutes after shooting time started we had several mallards circling us. When they finally committed and tried to set down, I picked what looked like the biggest drake and dropped him. Turns out he was a young one with very little curl. But he did have a band!! :D It totally made the day. First hunt of the year, first shot, first Mallard and a band, what a way to start! Better late then never I guess. It's my second band, 1st was a nice pintail at BRBR about 8 years ago.
 
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