February 09, 2016

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Goose Band Mystery - Solved!

indiana-brian-kleitz-sterling-and-sheryl-goose-bandIndiana - Brian Kleitz

In the May of 2009, was contacted by the Kleitz family. One of Brian's parents explained their son had shot and killed a banded Canada goose earlier that year during a waterfowl hunt on January 17, 2009.

The Kleitz family further shared they had tried to learn more about the unique goose band on their own, but their efforts had so far been unproductive.

Photos and further details about the mysterious band were forwarded to in hopes that Brian would soon learn about the origins of his unusual goose band.

The company researched the band, trying to locate the bander or other similar band owners, but all efforts terminated in dead ends too.

After it was clear investigative efforts had failed, the goose band photo and details were posted to the company website in hopes the bander would come forward.

Would Brian and ever learn about the story behind his special band? Or would it remain an unsolved mystery. Only time would tell.

Details Posted to Website

During the Spring of 2009, the photo and band specifics were added to the site and read as follows:

My son killed a banded Canada goose on January 17, 2009 in southwest Indiana about ten miles east of Hovey Lake. The only information on the band is:

Sterling & Sheryl


August 19, 2005

We would like to learn more about this band.

Information Wanted

If anyone has seen this type of band before, or knows where it originated from, please contact We are assuming the goose was banded in the Mississippi Flyway, but that may not be correct.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Fast Forward

The goose band picture and details remained on the company website throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months, with no hope in sight.

Then one eventful day in the Fall of 2009, was unexpectedly contacted. It was the bander, Sterling Bascello from Camrose, Alberta, Canada.

Sterling explained he is an avid waterfowler and the band was from part of the festivities on his wedding day. He went on to share a number of the bands were made for the joyous occasion and the goose bands were placed on the base of shooter glasses. In addition, instead of releasing doves during the ceremony, he stated they freed two banded geese, one of which was of course the Canada goose with the mysterious band that Brian had recovered hundreds of miles away, and several years later during his eventful waterfowl hunt.

Sterling continued when he found the goose band photo and information on he "was kind of excited," but in hindsight he should have included his phone number on the band. He jokingly added, "maybe (at his) next weddin."

When shared with Brian that the story behind his mysterious goose band had been solved, he replied, "Thank you very much, this is awesome!"

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