Honker Guide wrote:It continues to amaze me, how so many guys have shot a 17 or 18 lb goose in the past, but when I start a contest, the geese seem to shrink!! I started this contest 4 seasons ago on another forem annd so many had shot geese up to and bigger than 20 lbs. Now we can't even find a measly little ol' 15 pounder.
The reports of 20 lb geese started when a captive breeding program was started to bring back the Maximus subspecies of the Canda Goose. These geese were fed a special diet and many reached 20 lbs. The difference, my contest is for a wild Canada Goose!! Not a hand fed goose.
I really thought that the contest would have been won last year with a 16 lb goose, but nothing. We had reports of some 15 lb'ers and maybe this will be the year. We will find out! Paul
If you go back and read honker's second post, he even believes there were 20 lb geese. They were from captive breeding programs. Are any of these still ongoing anywhere in the U.S.? I shot at a 20+ pounder in 1987 or 1988 in central PA. It was the most incredibly huge goose I have ever seen. It is also the one and only goose I have ever seen in my life that I think exceeded 15 lbs. I always wondered about it and I still kick myself in the ass because it should have been a dead goose. Now 20 years later, it makes sense. It was a captive goose that either escaped or was released. There were a few taken at the time, but I have never heard of another one since then. Now I know why.
I don't know why so many people get so ticked off. Is it possible that the goose was as large as some one says? Yes. Is it actually that big? Probably not. Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My grandfather used to enjoy disappointing the successful deer hunters. The bucks in our area weighed about 125 dressed at 1.5 years and maybe 130 - 150 as a mature buck. The tired hunter would drag his deer out and proclaim it must be 200 lbs. My pap would say about 125. No way. So they would way it on his scale. When the scale read 127, you would see a disappointed hunter, but he never mocked them or called them names.