Richardson's? I thought I was the only one who had ever heard of that particular sub-species. That's what I call our little geese here as well. Some people will call them Hutchinson's (sp.), but I'm no expert on geese anyhow. Like you, I like to call them wall mounters. :thumbs up:
I shot one about three years ago that was the size that you are referring to, but a friend of mine wanted it for his collection, so I gifted it to him. I thought I'd get another, but still have yet to shoot one that small.
Our duck season ends Tuesday, and tomorrow happens to be the last day I can officially hunt ducks due to work, but it was a pretty good season all in all. Shot plenty of Mallards, made a bunch of new friends, and am mentoring a couple of newbies on the finer arts of bird hunting, calling, and taxidermy. It's been a blast having people actually listen to you, and I think they're even learning a thing or two! :toofunny:
I added a few birds to my collection, but it's getting harder to find a bird that I don't already have. I finally shot a decent hen Woody. I know it sounds like an easy bird to fill, but I've had some bad luck between dogs licking the feathers off (no, not mine), too shot up to even try to mount, or just plain not in plumage, but I finally shot a real beauty. There isn't many of the North American ducks that I still need. Maybe a pair of Kings, a pair of Common Mergansers, and a couple nice various hens, like a Cinnamon Teal, and a Gadwall, but that pretty much covers the gamut.
Now it's time to hit the fields. I've got a neighbor who's been spreading manure on his fields, and now that we got 10 inches of snow, I should be able to get a few hunts near that field. I shot two monsters today, a 15 and 13 pounder, but they were just bonus birds while we were fighting the ice going for those last few Mallard days. Also shot six Mallards. I'm hoping we can still get out at the launch tomorrow with all the ice we're making? It was 11 degrees out this morning, and I'm sure it's going to be as cold tonight. Unfortunately I broke out a taillight on my trailer even after breaking a whole at the launch!
Well, Good luck to you Lee, and shoot the lips off them geese!