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#5451254 - 12/01/14 10:54 AM Duck Band Etiquette
JoeCowboy Offline
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Registered: 05/02/10
Posts: 321
Loc: Tyler, Tx
So this incident happened to me over the wknd. Already done and overwith but just wondering what the rest of y'all would do in the same situation.

Here's the cenerio(Names have been changed for privacy issues, but needed to help with context of story)....Went out hunting this past weekend on public property with a buddy of mine who was in town for the holiday (Let's call him Bob). We were hunting with a friend of his that I have never met before (we shall call him Tom). It was Tom's boat that we were using to get to a spot (Tom's spot) on a public lake in the area. He said he has been having some luck on it in weeks past, but not much. I didn't mind because I just wanted to hang with my bud Bob and we were also taking my 8 mo lab pup, so it would be good experience for him.

So that's the back story...here's the issue. It was a slow hunt, few trickled in here and there, but pretty slow. The issue came up when we had a single bird come in and work the deeks, a single mallard drake. Came in on the right, and since I was on the right, I was the one who shot it. I also sent my pup on the retrieve and he made a pretty good one and returned with the duck. Upon inspection of the bird, low and behold it was banded. I was ecstatic. Not only bc it was my first band, but also bc it was the first mallard that my pup had retrieved in his young life. So after I told Bob and Tom about it, Tom had a serious change in demeanor. He clamed that bc it was his spot (although public)and his boat (that we were only using for transport) the band was his...Even though I shot the bird and my dog had retrieved it. He raised such a stink about it, I just let him have it sicne he was acting so butt hurt. He was a total jerk the whole rest of the hunt, kept on bringing it up trying to justify to me why it was his. I didnt say anything bc i didnt want to upset my bud who was friends with him. So I will no longer be going hunting with that gentleman again. Just wondering what Y'all would do in a simalair situation.


Edited by JoeCowboy (12/01/14 11:11 AM)
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#5451267 - 12/01/14 10:56 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
Cast Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
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Loc: North Texas - God's Country
I'd a told him to bend over and I'll deliver it. No way he gets my duck, banded or not. Heck, sic the dog on him, he's a jerk.
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#5451273 - 12/01/14 10:58 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
GravyWheels Offline
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Registered: 11/12/04
Posts: 561
Loc: In Waders
You got screwed. Bird comes in, public or private, it's the shooter's bird, no questions asked. If you fired the only shot and killed the bird, it's yours. Two people shoot at same time and it's the old fashioned coin toss to decide.

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#5451285 - 12/01/14 10:59 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
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Registered: 10/03/13
Posts: 336
Loc: Montgomery, Tx
He would NOT have gotten the bird or the band.

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#5451288 - 12/01/14 11:00 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
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Registered: 09/06/08
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Loc: NoDux, Texas
What a d-bag. Did he charge you for his boat fuel too? No way I would have given it to him- even if it meant no ride home.
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#5451302 - 12/01/14 11:04 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
GigEmAggies Offline
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Registered: 10/25/09
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Loc: Henderson Texas
Sorry but I would have to agree with Tom.....I wouldn't have been a jerk about it but if it wasn't for him you wouldn't have shot the band....I can see i'm in the minority here.....with that said I have never shot a banded duck....been on hunts where two banded dove were shot....one of them was on my property (i did not shoot it) I was definitely cool with the guy that shot it keeping the band but he insisted I keep it....the other was not on my property I shot it and I offered it to the property owner who said I could have it....I guess I would have offered it to the Tom in hopes he would let me keep it


Edited by GigEmAggies (12/01/14 11:13 AM)
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#5451305 - 12/01/14 11:05 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
CinchMan Offline
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Sounds like you hunted with a complete dbag. Who cares who's spot/boat it was. Even if it was a private pond of his. I can't even comprehend how he would ever justify even to himself that's his bird. ESPECIALLY since you were the only one that shot and YOUR dog retrieved it. And it was your dog's first mallard? If I were Tom I would've been ecstatic and given you my taxidermist's phone number. You got robbed of a real trophy. If I were you or even Bob there's no way that would've gone down like that.
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#5451310 - 12/01/14 11:07 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: Cast]
TooLow Offline
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Registered: 10/01/10
Posts: 6071
Loc: Deep Ellum, TX
Originally Posted By: Cast
I'd a told him to bend over and I'll deliver it. No way he gets my duck, banded or not. Heck, sic the dog on him, he's a jerk.


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#5451316 - 12/01/14 11:09 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: _Scooter_]
DuckCoach1985 Offline
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Registered: 10/09/13
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Loc: SMTX
Originally Posted By: _Scooter_
What a d-bag. Did he charge you for his boat fuel too? No way I would have given it to him- even if it meant no ride home.

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#5451323 - 12/01/14 11:12 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
#Hayraker Offline
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Registered: 01/19/08
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Hug a root Tom
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#5451326 - 12/01/14 11:12 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
texas wetlands Offline
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Registered: 01/08/13
Posts: 238
So what would of happened if you towed his boat to the lake, then what. Or wait give it to the folks that built the lake. What an idiot!! You shot it you own it. If two or three shots fired then a coin toss. Been there and done that.

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#5451331 - 12/01/14 11:13 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
LarryCopper Offline
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Registered: 11/16/07
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Loc: The Great State
Tom is an idiot.
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#5451332 - 12/01/14 11:13 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
JoeCowboy Offline
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Registered: 05/02/10
Posts: 321
Loc: Tyler, Tx
He was acting so inappropriately about it, it may have come to fists if I didn't concede
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#5451335 - 12/01/14 11:14 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
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Registered: 12/11/07
Posts: 1876
Loc: Lost
Low blow...

He gonna put that band on his lanyard and tell people it's "his?"

That is a special bird for you and your dog and you should have kept it for the wall.


Edited by TXPride (12/01/14 11:57 AM)
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#5451340 - 12/01/14 11:15 AM Re: Duck Band Etiquette [Re: JoeCowboy]
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Originally Posted By: JoeCowboy
He was acting so inappropriately about it, it may have come to fists if I didn't concede


Understood, you did what you thought you had to do. But it ain't right. Whoever pulled the trigger gets the band. If a group shoot and you don't know who shot it, draw straws or something.
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