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Transmitter and Banded Mottled Duck

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Date Hunted 12/1/2018

I have been reporting for several weeks how slow our duck season has been and I know I am not the Lone Ranger. Despite the slow action most of us in the duck club keep going out in the marsh duck hunting as often as we can with the hopes things will turn around and we might have a hunt that gets the blood going.

I have been duck hunting 42 years. Saturday the duck Gods smiled on me and my buddy Rooster as we tagged team shooting a Mottled duck with a transmitter on its back and a band on the leg. For sure a first-time event for us.

We were sitting there rather bored about 8:30 we see a pair of Mottled ducks pass a good distance to the left side. Hit the duck call which is usually a waste of time they both come towards us one in range on Roosters side he shoots at it and rocks its world but it is still going. It is on my side now he tells me to get it so he doesn't shoot over me and I finished it. We cranked up the boat to go get it and we were shocked at what we saw. Cha Ching!!!

There is a phone number to call on the band and a phone number to call on the transmitter, I will do all of that Monday.

Oddly enough earlier in the hunt Rooster shot a Barrows Golden Eye hen. Zeke shoots a beautiful drake Canvasback that is going on his wall. We ended up with 7 ducks for the day and the and the other blind limited out with a mixed bag.

Date Hunted 12/2/2018:

My blind shot 0 ducks for the day in the same spot as yesterday and another blind shot 3 green winged teal, but after yesterday who cares?
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Re: Transmitter and Banded Mottled Duck
Delta Duckman,The duck Gods indeed smiled upon you and your buddies!!I have yet to shoot a banded duck and how bout de odds of not only downing a banded duck,mottled duck at that,and having a transmitter to boot!!Me and my hunting buddy of today were blessed and cursed on the same hunt,blessed with two greenheads that came in together,decoyed perfectly and got cursed by small flock of 6 greys that musta been wearing Kevlar vests,do not think we cut a feather!!!Our first split been bout as weak as I have ever experienced in over 20 years of chasing ducks,but hope springs eternal as I have seen fairly consistent pattern last few years and gonna do my best to capitalize upon field observations.gotta put on de paddling shoes and hump it to get to remote locations where ducks have rarely been pursued and areas that they emerge from at first light and work while we are hunting appear to be holding the only bands of ducks in our area!!!Congrats!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Transmitter and Banded Mottled Duck
Congrats, the study is being conducted by LSU. Elizabeth Bonczek, a Louisiana State University graduate student working on her PhD is the lead. I recently met Elizabeth at an AKC hunt test, where she was competing with her lab, which was well trained.

If not mistaken, Elizabeth informed me all the ducks were fitted with a transmitter on the west side of the MS River. When you call, this should be confirmed. Below is a link to the article in Louisiana Sportsman.

I hunt near you (landmarks in your pictures background). The mottled ducks must have had a successful breeding year due to the amount being seen during hunting. We never had an early high water event this past spring and summer. I am positive this is key to the population of mottled ducks.

Once again, congratulations and continued success the second split.

https://www.louisianasportsman.com/news-breaker/mottled-duck-telemetry-study-underway-in-southwest-louisiana/
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Re: Transmitter and Banded Mottled Duck
wow congrats ,could yall tell something was on the ducks back before yall shot it ?
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Have hunted about twenty years,hunt with a guy who has at least double my hunting career and neither of us has a band under our belt.Buddy hunting with me yesterday has way more than either of us,more like 60 plus years of hunting and comical story is he shot mature drake pintail with band and his doggone taxidermist took band!!!How's dat for a hunting buddy!!!

Mandevillian,in search of not only banded duck but mature drake pintail!!
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