COLORS AND MATERIALS
The obvious intent of Story Bands is to tell the story of the most important hunting days in your dog's life. But there's also communication demonstrated in the band colors and materials. I like to think of the colors and materials as conversation starters.
I could have used plain aluminum bands as used for migratory birds, but then everyone's display would look exactly the same when we and our dogs are individuals. I've used color to define the families of birds you pursue and different materials to show the depth of your pursuit.
Any dog with various band colors demonstrates an owner who is obviously not species specific in his hunts. Possibly an opportunist or someone pursuing as many different species as time and fortune allow. A dog with bands of a predominate color has more defined or geographical interest.
Each band color represents a family group of birds:
Green - Grouse
Yellow - Quail
Red - Pheasant/Partridge/Ptarmigan
Blue - Migratory Marsh
Purple - Migratory Upland
Brown - Fall Turkey
Orange - Specialty Species
And the design materials tell the depth of your pursuit:
Leather - 1st of Species in State
Wood - State Daily Bag Limit
Aluminum - Combination Limit
Copper - Double Limit
Brass - Triple Limit