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    Quote Originally Posted by jacduck View Post
    I also doubt many snow bands are taken by sniping since it is so hard to pick one out of a group since groups we see are multiple hundreds and mostly close together.
    Ditto - I've got pretty good eyesight and as the dog was bringing this one home, rather than a band,




    my first thought at distance and semi-darkness was a bald eagle had got ahold of it and skint its neck.

    By the way, Lonnie, that there's a Boykin - you ain't gotta worry none on them needing to be force fetched on banded birds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerd View Post
    Ditto - I've got pretty good eyesight and as the dog was bringing this one home, rather than a band,




    my first thought at distance and semi-darkness was a bald eagle had got ahold of it and skint its neck.

    By the way, Lonnie, that there's a Boykin - you ain't gotta worry none on them needing to be force fetched on banded birds...
    That is awesome! Doesn't every neck-banded goose also have a leg band? I don't think that it is unheard of for some folks to glass a flock or flocks while feeding, spot one with a neck band and dispatch it with a rifle.

    I have never killed a banded goose. In fact, I have never been on a "goose" hunt. Every goose that I have ever killed was the result of the poor fellow flying too close to me when I was duck hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacduck View Post
    I hunt the white hoards in TX, have taken quite a few bands including specs banded in 1994 and 1996 last year. Three years in a row in the same field I took banded Ross' one with a double band. If you look at where they are banded I doubt that 1-5000 is a good number because there are no roads, few villages and sparse travel options. If you are hunting for bands go to Big Canada territory. I also doubt many snow bands are taken by sniping since it is so hard to pick one out of a group since groups we see are multiple hundreds and mostly close together. Still it is fun to get a band. Last one I got was while training in a hay field, there lay a skeleton with a plastic band on one leg and metal band on the other. Wing feather ID'd it to me as a white pelican. Confirmed when the band was sent in and etched. BTW I got the etched band back this week in good condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonnie Spann View Post
    That is awesome! Doesn't every neck-banded goose also have a leg band? ...

    I have never killed a banded goose. In fact, I have never been on a "goose" hunt. Every goose that I have ever killed was the result of the poor fellow flying too close to me when I was duck hunting.
    Believe that to be the case...the neckband was from a conservation outfit, not as banded by USFWS with big bucks behind it.

    My goose hunts are more of backyard picnic,



    with the birds sometimes dropping in with the silverware



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    CORRECTION: Goose hunting used to be a backyard picnic. Times have changed, now it's a front yard picnic



    or curse the luck (and circumstances), nothing at all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjh345 View Post
    Agreed. For me they run in cycles and come in bunches. I'll go years without seeing any then get a season where I'll get double digits; getting multiple banded birds on the same day. They get banded and groups, which reults in them being clustered in certain flights
    Same for us... We seem to go about 5 years with nothing.... Then kill a couple for 2-3 years in a row But still hunting for 24 years and have 3 2 leg bands 1 neck collar
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    It is all total luck. THis year on a hunt in AR we killed only 10 ducks and killed 3 out of one group, and TWO were banded. The guide said that in his years and years of guiding all over the county that he has only seen 2 banded ducks killed by a group in 1 day, only one time before.

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    I also doubt many snow bands are taken by sniping since it is so hard to pick one out of a group since groups we see are multiple hundreds and mostly close together
    I disagree on collard birds(which incidentally sport some leg wear) Guys "jack" those birds all the time

    On the topic of bands I think the band data is getting skewed, especially in terms of geese ...I'm guilty of the land and de-band practice...specifically targeting banded birds skews the band data
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    Finally killed a banded goose today!!!image.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckman0612 View Post
    Guess I need to go talk to Fred Zink and have him show me how to kill 5 bands in one hunt lol.

    He will tell you to hunt area where they do the banding. That may take some insider info.
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