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Goose ID Question

Postby NickCies80 » Sun Sep 24, 2006 8:16 pm

Hey, does anyone know what sub-species of Canda goose this is. I believe that it is a Cackler but if anyone knows for sure that would be great. Never seen one quite like it.

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Postby goosehunter64 » Sun Sep 24, 2006 8:23 pm

Not sure what species it is, but I'll take that $50.00... :toofunny: :toofunny:
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Postby wigeon1040 » Sun Sep 24, 2006 8:33 pm

That goose is a Hutchins's goose or also know as a Richardsons goose it is sometimes reffered to as a cackler but they are actually two different kinds of sub-species. A cackler is actually a smaller goose then that believe it or not, but alot of people just call any type of small goose a cackler. The other difference is true cacklers are not found in the Mississippi Flyway or any central flyway it is the Ricardson or Hutchins's that is found in the central and Miss. Flyways. When I lived in Northern Michigan I shoot a hole lot of them. I would see flights of hundreds that were Hutchins. The real funny thing though if there are a few of them they will seperate themselves from the lessers and giants. Atleast thought it was interesting. The 1/4" or so bill on them is rather cool though. Nice Pic it brings back memories for me. :thumbsup:
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Postby gone winchester » Sun Sep 24, 2006 10:37 pm

Man I aint seen a goose that small ecpesically that little bill!
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Postby NickCies80 » Mon Sep 25, 2006 5:38 am

Thanks Wigeon. If was not to sure being it was so small. Thanks for all the good information. Learned something new. Pretty cool goose, no one in our group has shot one till now so he will be getting mounted. Any indeas on the best pose for one of these little guys.

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Postby wigeon1040 » Mon Sep 25, 2006 3:58 pm

I have seen one really nice mount where the taxidermist had the bird wings facing out so the full wingspand was showin, it was a side mount and since the bird is littler it won't take up as much room, it will probably be 3 foot high. My dad did a similar mount on a Giant Canada the goose weighed 17 lb and had a 6 foot wing span. He paid all the money to get the bird mounted and ended up having to put it in Gander Mountain since he couldn't fit it in the house. :laughing:
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Postby bgoldhunter » Mon Sep 25, 2006 11:01 pm

I'm a bit late, but it sure does look like a Richardson's to me as well. Don't get 'em during the season, but it seems they like to travel back up with the snows in the spring. I've had 'em hovering 4 feet over my blind as I was trying to call in a bunch of snows.
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Postby ohsobad_hunter » Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:30 am

Yeah, it's a cackler(richardson's) goose. We have shot quit a few of em' mixed in with snow geese. :thumbsup:
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Postby portahunter » Sun Oct 01, 2006 5:22 pm

Cacklers are about the size of a large greenhead, or at least the ones I've had the opportunity to shoot were.
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Postby ohsobad_hunter » Sun Oct 01, 2006 9:54 pm

Yup, I have shot quit a few of them, when I go back home and goose hunt with my buddy, matter of fact, thats about all we shoot....other than an occasional speck and snows, blues, and ross' geese. :thumbsup:
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Postby ODH » Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:18 pm

Cackler. We got lots of them here in Oregon.
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Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Tue Oct 24, 2006 5:20 am

That looks like one of our residents that has not grown up yet.

A short neck goose.
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Postby ohsobad_hunter » Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:16 am

This is a good comparison:
http://www.ohiobirds.org/birdingnews/im ... r.smal.jpg

You can see how their beak and neck are shorter and they have a baby face:
http://www.skyenet.net/~wcassady/images/1CAGO1002.jpg
http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/photos/Rare/562.jpg



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