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#5949171 - 09/27/15 03:50 PM Banded birds
Greekangler Offline
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Registered: 09/05/04
Posts: 1495
Loc: North Tejas
Only harvested 2 in north Texas the last 20+ years- both mallards.

Have friends that have hunted for a LONG time that don't have any....

...be interesting to see how many Banded birds have been taken by fellow THFers- include area (north south east or west) and state!

Include average number of days you hunt per year


Edited by Greekangler (09/27/15 03:51 PM)
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#5949182 - 09/27/15 04:02 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Greekangler]
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Registered: 11/06/07
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Loc: where the birds are
One band. Gadwall. In Southern New Mexico in 2011. This year will be my 17th season. I just sent the band to the BBL to see if they can get the info from it. It was extremely worn which is why I waited so long. But it being first first and only to date I really would like the info on it. Plus knowing the rarity of a banded gadwall.

I usually get out 30-40 times/season. The last 2 seasons I only got in about 15 hunts each
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#5949184 - 09/27/15 04:04 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Greekangler]
Esh and Hattie Offline
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Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 310
Loc: N Texas
Growing up, hunted 8-10 times a season, 5 bands over the years, all mallards in central Iowa.

I hunted 30 days a season from 2000-2007 in central Kansas. 4 bands, all greenheads.

Hunted 15 days a season from 2007-2012 in n tex and about 50 hunts a year the last 2 years here. 0 bands

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#5949188 - 09/27/15 04:07 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Esh and Hattie]
Greekangler Offline
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Loc: North Tejas
Originally Posted By: Esh and Hattie
Growing up, hunted 8-10 times a season, 5 bands over the years, all mallards in central Iowa.

I hunted 30 days a season from 2000-2007 in central Kansas. 4 bands, all greenheads.

Hunted 15 days a season from 2007-2012 in n tex and about 50 hunts a year the last 2 years here. 0 bands


Interesting. Am hearing flyway is shifting further west- I think that is happening along with less birds making it all the way down to Texas the last 10 years.
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#5949195 - 09/27/15 04:12 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Greekangler]
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Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 310
Loc: N Texas
Yeah I think the warmer weather of the last several years may have caused a less significant southern migration. Also, not sure how they do it, but I'm guessing a large number of yearling birds are banded, most near their nesting habitat. I'm guessing a lot of those dumb 1 year birds get knocked off up north.

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#5949209 - 09/27/15 04:36 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Greekangler]
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Registered: 05/09/11
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Luck, luck, luck, and more luck. My oldest son doesn't hunt ducks much. I'd say he's shot 30 birds/yard or last 4 years. 120 ish total. 1 redhead, 1 blue wing.

I've had 2 first time hunters shoot bands in my blind and was with my friends son on his first two hunts and he got 2 bands. Pintail and gadwall.

I've got 75 ish and have been duck hunting for 35 years. I'd say 50+ days/year. With 2003-2014 running 80-90 days/year. Number counts went way up when I started hunting brant geese.


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#5949218 - 09/27/15 04:45 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Greekangler]
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It's not rocket science. We shoot the wrong species in most of TX to get high numbers of bands. Your likely hood of shooting banded bird is related to species. Most banded: mallard,blue wing, etc. The changes in Ag practices combined with all of the planted/flooded food north of texas has stopped the mallards north of here. I keep a log book and have watched the mallards stop coming here. In 96 we shot over 800 mallards in Centex. 98-600, 99-250. 2002 until current we have not shot more than 60 in a season.

My buddies in NY/DE are disappointed if they don't shoot at least 8/10 year/man on the Canada geese up there.

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#5949220 - 09/27/15 04:46 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: brazosboyt]
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 25734
Loc: Lake X
It's not luck, it's magical. Any time you shoot a ban, it means the duck gods sprinkled some magical dust on your morning. I shot 2 bands including today, the first time was 2007 hunted solo thanksgiving morning, saw one bird all morning long...


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#5949252 - 09/27/15 05:04 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Greekangler]
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Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 190
Loc: Frisco, TX
Been duck hunting 30 years and have 2 bands. 1 snow goose band and 1 honker band both shot in CA when I lived there! Zero duck bands and hunt atleast 2-3 days a week during the season. Even go to Canada every year for a week and never got a band up there.
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#5949261 - 09/27/15 05:11 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Greekangler]
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Registered: 07/13/08
Posts: 819
Loc: TEXAS!
Zero bands, hunted Texas for 22 years.
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#5949265 - 09/27/15 05:13 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Greekangler]
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Registered: 10/31/09
Posts: 3232
Loc: Little Elm, TX
Just one so far, first season I started hunting geese, last day of the season 2006. I almost exclusively hunt ducks about 35+ times per season and don't have a single banded duck.

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#5949273 - 09/27/15 05:18 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Greekangler]
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Registered: 05/03/10
Posts: 12690
Loc: Arlington/Brownwood
I get my bands from eBay.......

10ish years of hunting
0 bands
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#5949332 - 09/27/15 06:11 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Greekangler]
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Registered: 09/14/10
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Loc: Duck blind
8 years, 1 band. Banded Pintail in south Texas on the coast. First shot fired on opening morning in 2011. 150ish birds per year on average. I usually bunt 4-5 days a week, sometimes more.

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#5949334 - 09/27/15 06:13 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: brazosboyt]
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Registered: 07/03/10
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: brazosboyt
It's not rocket science. We shoot the wrong species in most of TX to get high numbers of bands. Your likely hood of shooting banded bird is related to species. Most banded: mallard,blue wing, etc. The changes in Ag practices combined with all of the planted/flooded food north of texas has stopped the mallards north of here. I keep a log book and have watched the mallards stop coming here. In 96 we shot over 800 mallards in Centex. 98-600, 99-250. 2002 until current we have not shot more than 60 in a season.

My buddies in NY/DE are disappointed if they don't shoot at least 8/10 year/man on the Canada geese up there.



Spot on.
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#5949522 - 09/27/15 07:55 PM Re: Banded birds [Re: Greekangler]
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Registered: 04/15/09
Posts: 448
Loc: Keller, TX
This year will be my 40th season. I have killed a little over 1,000 birds in that time and taken four bands. Hard to say how many days/year I hunt as two cruises and 23 years in the Navy and Navy Reserves limited my hunting many years. I have taken only one banded bird (a Mallard drake) in Texas in 2005. The other three are a neat story: I took a Wood Duck in 1991, a double-banded Mallard in 1993 and a banded Black Duck in 1994 - all three drakes. The neat thing is I killed them all on a small beaver pond in northern Mississippi and they all fell dead inside the same 30-foot circle. Guess you could say the hole was a band magnet. Sadly that hole was dry last time I was there.

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