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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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Re: Goose ID

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Mon May 05, 2014 3:55 pm

greater Canadian I shot last weekend was not a huge bird but still weighed 6 1/2 lb.........plucked, gutted, dewinged, no feet with head/ neck chopped off basically ready to roast :thumbsup:
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Re: Goose ID

Postby goosehappy » Tue May 06, 2014 12:08 pm

I think resident Canadas are usually larger than migrators. We regularly shoot birds over 12 lb here, and last year my partner killed one that was over 15 lb. The biologist from the DNR here told me that when they re-introduced breeding geese in the midwest they chose a sub-species called "maximus" or "gigantius" something like that that has a better survival rate. I am truly amazed at these birds who stay in summer heat which can hit 100, survive freezing winters like the last one, eat lawns, and can negotiate crosswalks. I'm sure they can tell time and have goose internet in their head which tell them who is where and where the hunters are. They taste good, too.
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Re: Goose ID

Postby Mike657 » Tue May 06, 2014 10:19 pm

goosehappy wrote:I think resident Canadas are usually larger than migrators. We regularly shoot birds over 12 lb here, and last year my partner killed one that was over 15 lb. The biologist from the DNR here told me that when they re-introduced breeding geese in the midwest they chose a sub-species called "maximus" or "gigantius" something like that that has a better survival rate. I am truly amazed at these birds who stay in summer heat which can hit 100, survive freezing winters like the last one, eat lawns, and can negotiate crosswalks. I'm sure they can tell time and have goose internet in their head which tell them who is where and where the hunters are. They taste good, too.


Yeah getting them to come in can be a real battle during the late season.
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Re: Goose ID

Postby Honk-n-quack » Wed May 07, 2014 5:50 pm

During the September season where I hunt the birds are almost all resident geese, I have shot one that almost weighed 20 lbs. Now as we get later into the season the birds really dwindle in size
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Re: Goose ID

Postby tornadochaser » Thu May 08, 2014 6:56 am

I love shooting 20 pound geese. Makes those 17 pound swans look small.
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Re: Goose ID

Postby goosehappy » Thu May 08, 2014 1:43 pm

tornadochaser wrote:I love shooting 20 pound geese. Makes those 17 pound swans look small.

I call them levee shakers. When they hit, you can feel the ground shake!
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