Post by Goosehunter on Jun 30, 2020 13:42:18 GMT -5
Back in late January my friend Max came down to Coastal NJ for a Waterfowl Hunt. Not much was flying first thing in the morning, when outta no where here comes an Atlantic Brant heading right for the decoys. Max pops up from the boat blind and one shot was fired with the Brant folding up like a wet blanket. As Miss Annie was bringing the Brant back to the boat we noticed an old leg band hanging on the the Brant's foot. Now Max was cause he had never shot a banded Brant before but as we looked closer at the band we realized it was so old the numbers needed to report the band were completely worn off.
But, you can send the leg band back to the Feds and they do an acid etching process to the band and it hopefully will make the numbers legible. Course Max was a little reluctant to send his prize away but I assured him the band will be returned. About early March the band was sent in, then the China Flu hit and the folks that do the etching process weren't working. Couple days ago Max finally got the info back on the Brant, this Brant was an Adult when banded in 2005 which means it was born on or before 2004! Doing the math this Brant was At Least 15 years and 7 months old. If you're into miles these darn Brant fly every year to the Arctic Circle, check how far away Nunavut Canada is from South Jersey. Over 2,000 miles one way! The Feds send out this Certificate to everyone who reports a leg band.
And Max enjoying the moment.
Over the last 40 years I've spent most of my money on Waterfowling, Women and Whiskey.
The rest of my money I just wasted.