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Old 10-15-2020, 05:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Shaner, cool story brah. Alaska is no secret. Alaska has a massive attrition and turnover rate in its population. Plain and simple, it isn't for everybody and most just can't cut it.

And even for those that can, time and time again I prove to myself that most Alaska hunters are soft and lazy. There were a couple dozen other hunters out in Cold Bay at the same time as us, and we way outperformed them all in terms of bodies on the ground for one simple reason: we weren't afraid to walk +2miles across the tundra tussocks and bogs carrying gear etc to get set up where the birds were. Can't tell you how many people we passed that were set up just a few hundred yards off the road. Did it suck carrying 20lbs of gear plus +40lbs of birds back across the tundra to the truck? In the best possible way, you bet it did! Did the other guys seeing our success from literally day 1 try to join us out there? Not a frickin' chance.
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Sounds like work but that is what makes success taste so sweet.
I just finished fishing the headwaters of the Fremont, way low water and crystal clear water.
Extremely spooky fish.
Leaves and moss on the hook almost every cast but the 20 or so little browns I caught made
the evening priceless.
I hope Alaska stays the way you like it and you get many more fantastic adventures out of her.
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Old 10-16-2020, 11:19 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Nice photos. Camera or phone?
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Old 10-16-2020, 11:25 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Nice photos. Camera or phone?
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Old 10-16-2020, 03:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I didn't make it that far; I settled for Humbolt Bay, Kalifornia. We limited on brant each day and got a couple with leg bands. I had one with double bands mounted and put in a glass case. Fantastic memories every time I look at it. Here's what it looks like:



PS: They are excellent eating birds.
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Old 10-16-2020, 08:03 PM   #16 (permalink)
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That is a gorgeous brant dubob. Lots of white on that bird on top of the double bands. Very cool!
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Here's some additional information on that bird. I called the person whose name appeared on the Band Certificate. That person was the team chief for that banding in Alaska and happened to be a professor at UN Reno. He offered up the name of the person that actually attached the bands to my bird and I called him. He offered up a complete record of all of the subsequent sightings of that bird and egg counts from it's nest each year. They found that bird every year but one in the banding/nesting area for that flock of brant in Alaska and it was paired with the same mate (from band numbers) each year. Kind of neat to get that kind of history on the bird.

It was banded in 1998 and was hatched in 1996 or earlier and shot on Nov 15, 2007, so the report covered 9 years of a bird at least 11 years old. A second banded bird hatched in 1989 or earlier and banded in 1991 was also shot by me on that same day in 2007 - at least 18 years old. Both birds were male.
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Wow,what a great time. I'm going up to Cold Bay the week of Thanksgiving this year for sea ducks and geese your photos and story are going to make the next 5 weeks drag on forever.
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Nice! Where are you staying?
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