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Aleutians

Postby cwsmith » Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:57 pm

Has anyone out there ever killed an Aleutian? I killed my first one today :yes:
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13-14 Season

40 mallards
14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
10 buff
9 wigeon
8 rgnk
6 woodie
6 gad
5 barrow's ge
3 merg
3 ruddy
2 l scaup
1 g scaup
1 comm ge
1 can
TOTAL DUCKS = 132

77 canada
4 snow
2 speck
TOTAL GEESE = 83

TOTAL WATERFOWL = 215
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Re: Aleutians

Postby Tealer » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:43 pm

I kill a few every year.
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Re: Aleutians

Postby AKWoody » Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:43 pm

I used to live on the Aluetians when we couldnt hunt them up here. Figures that I was always covered up in them. They are pretty neat little geese. Congratulations!
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Re: Aleutians

Postby wetgoldenretriever » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:44 am

I kill a quite a few every year


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Re: Aleutians

Postby Gunnysway » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:31 pm

With a guy that killed this little sucker in ND this year.

Agreed... cool little guy.

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Re: Aleutians

Postby ByersFarm » Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:23 pm

We got one last year. Image
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Re: Aleutians

Postby Tealer » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:09 am

Gunnysway wrote:With a guy that killed this little sucker in ND this year.

Agreed... cool little guy.

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In ND that shouldn't be an Aleutian, cackles can have white neck rings also.
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Re: Aleutians

Postby Gunnysway » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:21 am

That may be what it was then... Sub-species are not my forte... :lol3:
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Re: Aleutians

Postby labsforme » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:23 am

Actually Cacklers and Aleutions are specific to the Pac flyway. I believe in the Central flyway would probably be a Hutchinson's (sp) sub species.
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Re: Aleutians

Postby Gunnysway » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:40 am

That may be. We've shot Hutchies and I guess I don't remember them having the neck stripe. I guesss I'm learning a bit about sub-species. :thumbsup:
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Re: Aleutians

Postby beretta24 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:37 am

Cackling geese are a small-bodied group of four subspecies, consisting of the Aleutian, Cackling, Taverner's and Richardson's (Hutchins's) geese. Cackling geese have proportionally smaller, stubbier, triangular-shaped bills than their Canada goose counterparts.


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Canada:
http://www.ducks.org/hunting/waterfowl-id/canada-goose

There are folks that would debate the number of subspecies to the death, but the above classifications are widely recognized these days. The Hutchins', Aluetians etc. don't always have the white ring. I believe it develops as the birds age, and is more prominent in some subspecies. I've shot hutchins' with and without rings.

It would be surprising, but not impossible to get an Aluetian in the Central Flyway. You're more likley to get a Hutchins', but it's hard to tell in some of the pics.
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Re: Aleutians

Postby Tealer » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:27 pm

We have 7 subspecies here, have to take a test on ID and take all of out birds to a check station.
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Re: Aleutians

Postby beretta24 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:56 pm

Tealer wrote:We have 7 subspecies here, have to take a test on ID and take all of out birds to a check station.

I wish I could live out your way for a couple years. You guys have A LOT of birds I haven't crossed off my list. From subspecies of geese to sea ducks to an awesome variety of upland birds.
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Re: Aleutians

Postby Tealer » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:30 pm

beretta24 wrote:
Tealer wrote:We have 7 subspecies here, have to take a test on ID and take all of out birds to a check station.

I wish I could live out your way for a couple years. You guys have A LOT of birds I haven't crossed off my list. From subspecies of geese to sea ducks to an awesome variety of upland birds.


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Re: Aleutians

Postby Gunnysway » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:41 am

This is the only other pic I took...

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Re: Aleutians

Postby SteveInOR » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:33 pm

beretta24 wrote:
Tealer wrote:We have 7 subspecies here, have to take a test on ID and take all of out birds to a check station.

I wish I could live out your way for a couple years. You guys have A LOT of birds I haven't crossed off my list. From subspecies of geese to sea ducks to an awesome variety of upland birds.

It is a blessing and a curse. Goose hunting on public land is almost non existent. The check stations are very inconvenient most of the time, too.
The willamette valley in Oregon is a huge wintering area and a lot of birds stay here year round. They're very smart and can be very tough to decoy.
BUT, if you can put it all together on a good day it can be epic.


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Re: Aleutians

Postby Mike657 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:58 pm

Last wekend in northern illinois i shot a huge 13lb canada. It had a normal bill, but also had a white ring around its neck. Does anybody know wat this is?
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Re: Aleutians

Postby beretta24 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:14 pm

Mike657 wrote:Last wekend in northern illinois i shot a huge 13lb canada. It had a normal bill, but also had a white ring around its neck. Does anybody know wat this is?

Hard to guess subspecies without pics. Based on size I'd want to say Giant with some color variation but that's not a solid guess.

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Re: Aleutians

Postby Mike657 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:12 pm

thanks ill try to get a pic up
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Re: Aleutians

Postby Mike657 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:02 pm

Here it is it was a big goose not too big for the 10 gauge at 35yardslol


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Re: Aleutians

Postby Mike657 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:04 pm

Image here


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Re: Aleutians

Postby beretta24 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:04 pm

The image isn't showing on my phone. I'll try to remember to look at it next week.
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Re: Aleutians

Postby Mike657 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:41 pm

Thats fine
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Re: Aleutians

Postby Professor Chaos » Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:41 pm

Nice aleut. I shoot a few every year as well.

on the ID subject. Separated chin strap is an aleut feature and Notice the dark ring below the white ring before the feathers transition into the chest. That is a trademark Aleut feature. These other birds dont have that ring and are likely just a tav or hutchie,
Any species of goose can have the white ring.
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