Just to get the official entry where it needs to be:
DOB - 1-27-1996
Date bird taken - 1-15-2012
GADAWGS and I got into Stuttgart about 10:00 on the 14th and told my nephew if he wanted to go hunting with us the next day, he needed to be ready about 5:15. We turned the corner and he was standing there with all of his gear ready to go. He climbed in the truck and off we went. We were supposed to meet the property owner at 5:30 about three miles North of Stuttgart to find out where he wanted us to hunt.
5:30 came and went with no meeting. 5:45 passes, then 6:00. At 6:15 I said we can go to the resivoir to hunt until the sun comes up and I can find the blind. We got to the spot in the resivoir and threw out a few decoys. There were not many birds to be seen, so we just chat-chitted for a while until the sun came up enough to find the blind in the field behind us. We decided to move to the blind.
Once in the blind, there were still not many birds to be seen and even fewer to be calling at. I was starting to feel that there was going to be a skunk in the air. I picked up my phone and dialed the property owner's number again. Before he picked up I heard GADAWGS say, "There's two coming straight at us." I layed my phone down and looked out and noticed that they are pintails just as he said it. We then told Mark, "You've got the first shot. We'll let you know when."
Once they were in range, we said take 'em. As I pulled up on the drake, I heard two shots within milliseconds. The drake fell, and I took the hen. As soon as I pulled the trigger I heard, "Nice shot, Mark." I turned and said, "He got the drake?" GADAWGS said yes he did, he fired that pump twice faster than I could pull the trigger once.
I was pumped up. My nephew got his first duck, and a pintail. I went to pick up the birds (didn't check for bands). I picked up the drake and noticed that it was fully plummed and a great looking bird, grabbed the hen and went back to the blind with my head still in the clouds for my nephew.
I got back to the blind and GADAWGS said, "Picture time". He stepped out of the blind and was telling Mark how to hold the duck for the best picture. I wasn't paying much attention to them because I was texting everyone in my family bragging for him when I heard GADAWGS say, "Holly crap, it's banded!" He looked at me and asked if I had put a fake band on it. I said, "No, that would just be mean."
Mark got on his phone and entered the band information. If I remember correctly, it was banded in Sasketchewan Canada in 2010 and was at leat 2 years old at that time.