Dammit people learn how to decoy geese. Anybody that says you need bb to kill geese is wrong. I don't shoot many big geese in a year (45) or so but all of those are killed with 3s or 4s, because that's what I'm hunting cacklers with. I don't see any more cripples than I do with cacklers
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I'll take you out here and you can get a goose right in your face for a 30 yard shot. If you don't hit them in the neck, you aren't killing them with the 3's or 4's. Our geese have a layer of fat 1/8" thick and a head the size of a baseball.
I've shot a few geese with 3's, they all came down with a busted wing and had to be chased and dispatched. Most of them had marks on the head and neck where the shot cut the skin down to bone but did not penetrate.
What is a "big goose" to you? a 8-10lb goose? Ours average right on 13lbs. They stay here year-round. They eat, eat, eat, and eat. The feet on the darn things are about as big as a guy's hand!