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27 minutes ago, fishinwrench said:

When you shoot a banded bird are you supposed to call it in, or log on to some website and report it? 

Otherwise what's the purpose of banding them ?

            Yes

https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pwrc/science/bird-banding-laboratory?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/bird-banding/reporting-banded-birds.php

   I cannot remember but on one of these sites there is a map where you can see where some birds have been banded and recovered.

  I have shot birds banded here in Missouri, Manitoba along Hudson's bay,  Minnesota, and Iowa. and then todays bird.

   BilletHead

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                       Well my friend Brad made it to hunt a couple of times. He generally makes it between Christmas and new years for a week but it did not happen so we did one here at the end of season. A quick weather change had changed things since Pat and I did our little smack down Sunday morning. Brad made it yesterday morning and we hunted last evening. it was 60 degrees when I got up yesterday morning and it was 31 with a strong north wind when we set up. No shots fired but worked a few birds. They had places to be and it wasn't with us. Watched the weather forecast and had a window this morning. A close place here to the house between a rock quarry and a body of water they were traveling back and forth to. A few were using the pond we sat up at. A freezing mist and thick fog as we set up. Scared some birds off. Nothing for a long time. Birds behind us in formation. Lots of birds in waves. Sow went on and some we tricked into the decoys. :) I bet well over a hundred in two of those flights. We dropped two. Walked to the side where they were blowing to on the water. Brad picked up one of his and I did mine. As I was standing there six passed over the decoys high heading over me. Triple B's in the gun I figured why not? Swung on lead bird and dropped him. Walked over and picked him up. Big bird looked at legs. Hollered at Brad it's banded. He says your Shi%&*ng me? Nope :) .Season ends Wednesday but this was my last hunt and a great way to finish up. Birds For Brad to take home and another band for my collection!  I am truly blessed or a lucky turd. Came home, cleaned birds and reported band. It was banded near Bartlett, Ramsey County, North Dakota. So I can add another state to my bands! Brad with the birds,

  thumbnail_29205 - Copy.jpg  Then just the birds,29207.jpeg - Copy.jpg   Banded one was a greater and the other two lessers.  All were very fat and healthy. One thing that surprised us. The banded bird was banded when it was too young to fly in 2018 so it did some growing on good groceries to get this large. Thanks to all for following the BilletHeads  waterfowl posts we enjoy sharing,

  BilletHead

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2 hours ago, BilletHead said:

  Thanks to all for following the BilletHeads  waterfowl posts we enjoy sharing,

  BilletHead

I believe I speak for more than myself when I say, no...,  thank YOU.  

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