by John O`Neal » Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:29 pm
Branta Canadensis Maxima ; aka (giant Canadian goose) This one of eleven sub-species of Canadian geese was thought to be extinct till a flock was discovered in 1962 wintering on Silver Lake in Rochester Minn. Restoration programs throughout it`s original breeding grounds, the great plains, have been hugely successful. This species is primarily non-migratory and has developed a preference for living in cities, on golf courses, in parks, and housing development green spaces. Estimates indicate that up to a million Giant Canadians exist in the upper mid-west prairie region. This bird depending on whose research you reference can range from an average of 11lb. to 14lb. with some males reaching weights exceeding 20lbs. the largest on record being an exceptionally large male weighing 25lbs. with a wing span of 88 inches. In Kansas it`s range is primarily in the eastern portion of the state along with a breeding population in the Wichita region. A few decades back a restoration program for Giant Canadians was initiated at the Marais des Cygnes wildlife area. A similar program was also started about this time by a Green Wing chapter of Ducks Unlimited at Wyandotte Co. lake in K.C.K. Both programs were highly successful to the extent that the Wyandotte Co. lake project created large management issues through the degradation and the denuding of large public use areas at the parks` entrance. Even though their existence is well documented a person may hunt for example 35yrs. without seeing one unless you happen to hunt in an area where these large birds exist. If you want to hunt Giant Canadian geese you have to go where the giant birds hang out, or fly out to. As far as the largest goose killed at the goose/shootout being below the size we are referencing it is probably attributable to being out of the distribution range of the Giant Canadian . This sub-species is only shown as being in the most southern areas of the Canadian provinces. For those of you out there that want to shoot a big goose they do exist and they are proliferating in the eastern portion of the state. In reference to a previous post. I`m not a fisherman but I did weigh those big geese using a fish scale. Good luck & Stay Safe !JOHN O`NEALJohn O`Neal
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This is a post I made a few years back regarding the controversial subject of big geese. It was in response to the claim that geese over 12 lbs are just myths and are the by-product of a heavy thumb on the scale. I have hunted Giant Canada's for years as their exists a size able and ever growing number of the birds here in eastern Kansas. The largest I have ever taken weighed in at 16 lbs. and was shot at the very edge of the city limits. The big birds were flying out of the city to feed in the fields on the edge of town. Giant Canada geese possess an attribute called indeterminate growth in effect their size is ultimately determined by factors such as, age ,environmental issues, stress, predation, and of course hunters. The accompanying pic is of three geese I took on New Years eve 2009. Two of them weighed 12 lbs . the largest being 13 lbs. Eastern Kansas BIG-UNS.