You guys need to get real. I can understand the young guys not realising what is real, but you older guys ought to know better. During the big goose contest I had many guys telling me that they had the winner. When I told them to get the goose weighed on a certified scale, they either didn't get back to me or they told me that their original scale was off a bit. The fish scales are the worst. I can only think that they make them that way for bragging rights. Anyway, it took 4 years to get a goose over 15 lbs and it was only 15.02 lbs. If you guys really think there are 18lb geese out there, I have a bridge here in Burbank that I will sell you real cheap!!
The reason that there is even a discussion about 20 lb geese is because there are records of geese that big in years past. What they don't tell you is that they were in a captive breeding program and fed a special diet to get them that big. When they released the breeding stock, some were shot and it is because of this that guys still to this day, report how they have shot a 20 lb goose, because they read about geese that big in a book. Like Tom said, most of those geese you guys are shooting that you think are 18 lbs are really in the 12 to 13 lb range. And believe me, those are real trophies.
I am not trying to rain on anyone's parade, but after running that contest for 4 years, I have a pretty good idea of what the size of geese are, across this continent. Save yourself some grief, and if you want to post up the weight of your geese, at least have them weighed on a certified scale. Paul