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01-28-2004, 03:50 PM
My buddy got the info from a mallard he shot at our club on the 17th and found out it was 12yrs old! That old boy has a few decoy spreads in his time... My oldest was an 8yr old mallard I took at Joice Island.
What's the oldest bird you have taken or know of?
A buddy has an 11 year old sprig (when shot) that was banded in Alberta hanging on his wall...
01-28-2004, 06:35 PM
I shot a banded mallard two years ago it was 13 yrs lod the band was very thin
01-29-2004, 07:47 AM
A couple of years ago I shot a banded blue goose in Missouri. When the band info came in the mail, it said that my blue goose was 16 years old!! Now thats a very old, wise bird, well.....not too wise because I dropped him when he was funneling into our spread with about 100 of his buddies. Maybe geese start to lose some sense in their old age just like us humans. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-wnk-yellow.gif I knew that he was an old one, because I pulled the band off his leg with my own two hands! It was so thin and worn out I couldn't believe it had stayed on that long.
01-29-2004, 08:15 AM
My first banded duck was a mallard I shot at Kern, the ban was 9 yrs old and the bird was mature when banded, the duck was one of the smallest mallards I've ever shot!
01-29-2004, 12:07 PM
I've only been lucky enough to get 1 band in my 23 years hunting waterfowl. It was a 1st year honker. My grandpa shot a snow last year that was banded 16 years prior but it didn't say that it was a 1st year bird at that time so it could have been older. I know of one guy that shot a banded snow at Wister that was, if I recall correctly, 21 or 22 years old. I know it was one of the two. No wonder those snows stay high most of the time. I hunted yesterday and watch juvys tried and peel out of formation to come take a look only to be drawn back by the older and wiser adults.
01-30-2004, 08:24 PM
My banded duck info. was not very interesting,
I shot a banded greenhead @ the beginning of Dec. I e-mailed the band # in, hoping to hear that the bird had came from Alberta or somewhere from abroad. The info. was mailed to me stating that the duck was a gaddie banded in 2001 too young to fly, from Lee Vining. (20 miles away). The real resident duck.
01-31-2004, 06:37 PM
I got a widgeon several years ago that had worn its band for 11 years, and I got a honker tht had its band for 6 years and "was mature when banded" according to the report card from NWS.
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