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I tried to goose hunt this morning, but no geese. Just before shooting light, though, I had 5 gadwalls fly in and land on the pond. I watched them for about 30 minutes, and decided the geese weren't coming. So I decided to stand and flush them, pack up, and leave. I shot 2 of the gadwalls, retrieved them, and packed the decoys away to head home.

On my way home, my little springfed pond had 3 mallards on it. I shot one as they flew off, and he flew off and landed in the timber. I saw him go down, but I couldn't find him anywhere. I paced through the timber for almost 20 minutes before I finally found him. He was huge, and when I picked him up I noticed he had a band on his leg. My first banded duck! I cannot describe how excited I was. I called it in, and he was banded 6 Sep 2007 at Jay Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota!



 

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Congrats!!! ;D ;D ;D That is a trophy worth getting!!!! I got my first banded bird in Nov. 1975 that was a Canada Goose and my second was a Mallard Drake I shot in Oct. 1984. I have not shot another bird since then with a band. Congrats again!!!!
 

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Way to go man. I could tell when we talked to you were like a kid on Christmas morning.
 

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That's awesome! Congrats!
 

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Way to go Richard!!!
 

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Got my certificate by email the other day!! Now I just need to get some color ink for my printer and a frame!

 

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Do you have the phone I contact for bands? I would like see if I get new certificates for mine. They are starting come apart.
 

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1-800-327-2263
 

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thanks. :) :) :) :)
 

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Again way cool man.
 

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Just got him back today and put him on the wall. Thanks Bull!! Now I need to print and frame the certificate.

 

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Love that landing pose!
 

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Well sorry it took so long to get it back to you. Like I said blame it on Uncle Sam.
Just so you know and I think I told you already but I drilled a hole in my finger to the bone with my cordless drill while working on it. I did wipe all the blood off the mannequin for you.
 

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Hahaha!! Now that's commitment.
 

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That facial expression on that mallard. " Like really you gonna shoot me. I dare ya!"
 

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Only you practice on mounts in the off season lol
 
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