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Goose ID

Postby Mike657 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:35 am

I hunt here in northern illinois where I mainly shoot only big geese from 11 to 15 LBs. Today I shot a Canada in my ice hole and it was about 9-10LBs, and it also had a white ring where his neck and breast start. I've shot many geese and never have really wondered abou the ring. Does anyone have an idea what subspeicies he might be?
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Re: Goose ID

Postby Tag stew » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:20 am

Sounds like an Alutian to me.
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Re: Goose ID

Postby tornadochaser » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:45 pm

Any goose has the potential to have a white ring. 15 pounders...lulz.

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Re: Goose ID

Postby dsm16428 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 1:15 pm

tornadochaser wrote:Any goose has the potential to have a white ring. 15 pounders...lulz.

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This.

And... I'll second the 15 pounders! LOL!! We shot 12 honkers last Thursday and 5 of them had white rings around their neck bases.
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Re: Goose ID

Postby Mike657 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:24 pm

We have pretty big geese here. We hot 3 huge ones this year. Two were 15 and 14 and the third was 13LBs. the 14 pounder was banded. thanks for the replys guys.Good luck in the field-Mike.
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Re: Goose ID

Postby O.D.Lid » Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:30 pm

Hey Mike post some pic's. Would like to see if I shot the same kind of goose a few years back! :huh:
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Re: Goose ID

Postby Echospartan » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:31 pm

tornadochaser wrote:Any goose has the potential to have a white ring. 15 pounders...lulz.

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I thought Aleutians and cacklers were the only ones with white neck collars? :huh:
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Re: Goose ID

Postby Mike657 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:16 pm

It says my pic i to big to post. How big was yours and where did you shoot it ODlid? thanjs for the replys and good luck in the field.Mike
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Re: Goose ID

Postby brokermike » Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:51 am

Mike657 wrote:I hunt here in northern illinois where I mainly shoot only big geese from 11 to 15 LBs. Today I shot a Canada in my ice hole and it was about 9-10LBs, and it also had a white ring where his neck and breast start. I've shot many geese and never have really wondered abou the ring. Does anyone have an idea what subspeicies he might be?



I'd love to see a picture. Many contests have been run to find the mythical 15lb goose. I think it's only been won once, and the brd had a 72+" wingspan
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Re: Goose ID

Postby Mike657 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:04 pm

What I meant by geese 11-15 pounds was that they can range from that size. I dont shoot two 15LBers every day :lol3: .
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Re: Goose ID

Postby Mike657 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:08 pm

We only shot one 15 pounder this year on opening day. It was a pair of resident birds. the female was 14LBs and banded. It was banded at the golf coarse by my house :yes: ;so there are contests for a 15LB goose? Thanks for the replys-mike.
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Re: Goose ID

Postby dsm16428 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:24 pm

Echospartan wrote:
tornadochaser wrote:Any goose has the potential to have a white ring. 15 pounders...lulz.

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I thought Aleutians and cacklers were the only ones with white neck collars? :huh:


You will get birds with leucistic or melanistic feathers, that produce white blotches on wings, breasts and white rings at the base of the neck at the transition from the neck to the body. We get them here all the time.
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Re: Goose ID

Postby WhackinanStackin » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:45 pm

Here in Kansas I shoot everything from 4 pound cacks to 14 pound honkers and I have noticed more and more of the big honkers are having the same distinctive white ring around their neck that the cacks do. I even shot a few that had a white uni brow
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Re: Goose ID

Postby mayhem96 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:42 am

dsm16428 wrote:
Echospartan wrote:
tornadochaser wrote:Any goose has the potential to have a white ring. 15 pounders...lulz.

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I thought Aleutians and cacklers were the only ones with white neck collars? :huh:


You will get birds with leucistic or melanistic feathers, that produce white blotches on wings, breasts and white rings at the base of the neck at the transition from the neck to the body. We get them here all the time.


Exactly. If it was much smaller, it would be a Richardson's.
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