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WORLD'S SMALLEST GOOSE
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Contributors to this thread:
Paul@thefort 25-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 25-Jan-19
cnelk 25-Jan-19
Dirk Diggler 25-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 25-Jan-19
Zbone 25-Jan-19
Glunt@work 25-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 25-Jan-19
stick n string 25-Jan-19
Zbone 25-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 25-Jan-19
Zbone 25-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 25-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 25-Jan-19
Brotsky 25-Jan-19
Butternut40 25-Jan-19
Zbone 25-Jan-19
Zbone 25-Jan-19
Duke 25-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 25-Jan-19
Shug 25-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 25-Jan-19
GhostBird 25-Jan-19
'Ike' (Phone) 25-Jan-19
Ogoki 25-Jan-19
buzz mc 25-Jan-19
buzz mc 25-Jan-19
skipmaster1 25-Jan-19
JRABQ 25-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 25-Jan-19
drycreek 25-Jan-19
JRABQ 25-Jan-19
Corn bore 25-Jan-19
Whocares 25-Jan-19
Dino 25-Jan-19
LKH 25-Jan-19
Thornton 25-Jan-19
midwest 25-Jan-19
Bou'bound 26-Jan-19
Beav 26-Jan-19
BOWNBIRDHNTR 26-Jan-19
Dirk Diggler 26-Jan-19
Treeline 26-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 26-Jan-19
tobinsghost 26-Jan-19
Treeline 26-Jan-19
Paul@thefort 27-Jan-19
From: Paul@thefort
25-Jan-19

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Hard to tell actually if it is the world's smallest goose but of all of the geese I have killed with a shotgun and now over the past 8 seasons, with a bow, this goose today was the smallest, and yes, I do believe it is the World's smallest goose ever killed by, at least a bow hunter. It might weight 5 pounds at the most but most likely less. Just weighted it, 4.4 pounds. I do believe it is my first Lesser Goose, the smaller verson of the larger Canada Goose and it arrived with the bigger geese but was the only one that landed to it's demise.

From: Paul@thefort
25-Jan-19

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Interesting morning as the geese did not fly until after 9 am. I would expect the reason was yesterday's snow and then the 14 degree temp this morning. I was ready by 8 am and by 9 am, the sun was shinning and it warmed things up to 27 degrees, a heat wave.

From: cnelk
25-Jan-19
It must have a been a late rut for that goose to be that small

From: Dirk Diggler
25-Jan-19
Got a close up profile of his head and beak?

From: Paul@thefort
25-Jan-19

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While I have used the tent blind most often, I do like setting in the open along the edge of the field, behind a natural cover blind. This morning I also wore my snow camo. Decoys within 20 yards.

From: Zbone
25-Jan-19
Yeah, hey Paul there a bunch of different subspecies of Canadian geese of different sizes if I remember correctly... Don't remember the names but may google it...

From: Glunt@work
25-Jan-19
Maybe a cackling goose

From: Paul@thefort
25-Jan-19

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geese looking at the decoys, might in interested
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geese looking at the decoys, might in interested
At 9:30 I was thinking this days hunt was a bummer, but then all sorts of geese starting showing up off the lake. When I went by the lake this morning prior to the hunt, it looked completely frozen but later, I found out there were some over water area.

25-Jan-19
A lesser is my guess as well Paul. Congrats on the continuing goose success!

From: Zbone
25-Jan-19
Glunt - "Maybe a cackling goose"

Yeah, that's the one I was thinking of...

From: Paul@thefort
25-Jan-19

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this goose breaks from the flock and lands 22 yards away thinking he has found some friends. :)
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this goose breaks from the flock and lands 22 yards away thinking he has found some friends. :)
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the arrow zips through the goose before it knew there are no friends around..
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the arrow zips through the goose before it knew there are no friends around..
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Its last thoughts might have been, " I think I see a pussy cat". Too late. Number 65.
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Its last thoughts might have been, " I think I see a pussy cat". Too late. Number 65.

From: Zbone
25-Jan-19
Heck Paul, ya need to shoot them out of the air like that one guy on youtube...8^)

From: Paul@thefort
25-Jan-19

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Chase is going crazy so I get out of the blind and line him up for the retrieve.
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Chase is going crazy so I get out of the blind and line him up for the retrieve.
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off and running
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off and running
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heading back
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heading back
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and to hand, Good boy! Can you tell he loves this stuff? Will be 10 years old next month.
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and to hand, Good boy! Can you tell he loves this stuff? Will be 10 years old next month.

From: Paul@thefort
25-Jan-19

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As a bow hunter we seem to love bloody arrows. I used this one arrow on the last three geese. Just resharpened and added a new Oring. NAP ShockWave. End of story until the next time, maybe tomorrow
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As a bow hunter we seem to love bloody arrows. I used this one arrow on the last three geese. Just resharpened and added a new Oring. NAP ShockWave. End of story until the next time, maybe tomorrow

From: Brotsky
25-Jan-19
Looks like you got yourself a "Hutchie" Paul! A Hutchins' Canada goose! Could also be an Interior Canada or Lesser Canada, which is more likely based upon the size. A Hutchie or Cackler is usually only slightly bigger than a big mallard. We get all of the subspecies through here in the fall as you know so I've shot Canada geese of about every size and shape!

From: Butternut40
25-Jan-19
Good shooting :)

From: Zbone
25-Jan-19

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Cool linky on subspecies and sizes:

file:///C:/Users/Owner/Documents/Field%20Notes/Birds/Goosefieldguide_ch_5.pdf

From: Zbone
25-Jan-19

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4 of the subspecies...

From: Duke
25-Jan-19
Good job, Paul! Those little ones are typically some of the more difficult to finish in the decoys (let alone landing in the deeks for a shot from a bow!) as they seem to have the snow goose mentality. I think I recall reading that there are something like 17 subspecies of Canada geese.

From: Paul@thefort
25-Jan-19

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Based on its size and weight, small head and neck, plus a slight white band where the neck connects to the body, I will go with the Lesser goose, but then ???????????
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Based on its size and weight, small head and neck, plus a slight white band where the neck connects to the body, I will go with the Lesser goose, but then ???????????
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From: Shug
25-Jan-19
Wow

From: Paul@thefort
25-Jan-19

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Thanks guys, lots of good info here about geese. I appreciate the input. my best, Paul

Oh, and Chase the wonder dog.

From: GhostBird
25-Jan-19
Good job Paul... & Chase!!!

25-Jan-19
Lesser!

From: Ogoki
25-Jan-19
I knew when I saw the thread title, Paul is at it again . Labs are wonderful people. I have 3 Chocolate Lab females. 2 are awesome deer recovery dogs . One is just my buddy . She has rode thousands of miles with me running service calls to farms. Keep at it Paul !!

From: buzz mc
25-Jan-19
Congrats! This is some really interesting stuff about the different geese.

From: buzz mc
25-Jan-19
Congrats! This is some really interesting stuff about the different geese.

From: skipmaster1
25-Jan-19
That’s awesome. I killed one with a bow once and would love to have the opportunity to go out like you do! You ever try to get one as he cups to land?

From: JRABQ
25-Jan-19
Good shooting on a smaller target!

At 4.4 lbs my guess would be a lesser also. The whole Canada goose spectrum is crazy and complicated, I don't think even the "experts" can agree on everything.

I've shot a couple (gun) that were probably Hutchins or Cackling geese, in the 3-3.5 lb range. My recollection was their bill was shorter than your goose, and shaped a bit differently. I'll see if I can dig up a photo, but I'd have to scan it because it would be from a long time ago.

Cool pics from Zbone.

From: Paul@thefort
25-Jan-19
I wonder if the experts will include the species, "Yard Hoppers" as a new one? What is your guess? Seems reasonable to me, but then..........................................

From: drycreek
25-Jan-19
Chase really has a regal bearing, nothing quite as pretty as a blocky headed lab. Oh....you look good too Paul. Great pics !

From: JRABQ
25-Jan-19
You need a Latin term, something like; Branta aria humulus

Probably not correct Latin, but the best I could do with Google translate.

From: Corn bore
25-Jan-19
Hutchie is what we would call it in South Dakota. Nice shot Paul!!

From: Whocares
25-Jan-19
Good job Paul. I'm jealous! Nasty cold spell here. 32 below this morning without the wind chill and they just promised another week of it. Almost puts me out of the mood for ice fishing. Was in Colorado a week ago and enjoyed the much warmer sun you get. Even had breakfast with Jaq and really enjoyed that. keep thinning the flock Paul. Lots of yard owners will appreciate it!

From: Dino
25-Jan-19
Nice work Paul!!! Love the pics and the story. Thanks for sharing.

From: LKH
25-Jan-19
A few visible features separate the two species, too. Cacklings are small; some are barely larger than a Mallard. In contrast, the largest Canada Goose can weigh twice as much as a Cackling Goose. But size varies, and some smaller Canada Geese (females and immature birds especially) can stay nearly as compact as their estranged counterparts. Still, size is a good first indicator—any mini goose warrants further investigation.

Looked at a bunch of pics where I found the above and the stubby beak plus the size are sure indicators.

Cackling geese are not considered to be Canada Geese.

From: Thornton
25-Jan-19
Good shot! I've shot a lot of cacklers that size with a shotgun. They are often in the back of a flock and I always pick them out because they eat better and die faster.

From: midwest
25-Jan-19
LHD!

Little honker down!

From: Bou'bound
26-Jan-19
no goose with a bow is small that is a feat. well done.

From: Beav
26-Jan-19
Great job Paul!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
26-Jan-19
Once again, good job Chase and Paul! I sure enjoy getting to follow along on these daily threads!! Good luck today, Jeff

From: Dirk Diggler
26-Jan-19

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Killed that one in Katy prairie Texas. Mounted him with a ross goose to show how small he was, not much bigger than one of those late season northern mallards. Enjoyin your goose threads Paul!

From: Treeline
26-Jan-19
Man, Paul, even the baby’s don’t stand a chance with you around! Probably knocked the milk off his lips when you skewered that little feller:-). Barely ‘nuff there to make a sliver of jerky!

Great way to get out there and have a blast with your bow in the wintertime!

When you gonna drag out that recurve and do some traditional goose whackin?

From: Paul@thefort
26-Jan-19

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Of all of the geese killed with the compound bow, the one with the recurve is most memorable.
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Of all of the geese killed with the compound bow, the one with the recurve is most memorable.
Treeline, you missed it from last years.

From: tobinsghost
26-Jan-19
Midwest, if there was a like button I would have got it for you! I laughed out loud!!

From: Treeline
26-Jan-19
Dang Paul, you regressed back to the compound! I was hoping you would stick to the ‘curve for a while and then progress up through longbow and self bow!

Awesome no matter what man! Glad you are out having so much fun! Great way to stay sharp in the off season!

Thanks for sharing the good times with us!

From: Paul@thefort
27-Jan-19

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Tavis, Actually,I have spent half the night carving and rigging up a goose spear. Not sure if it will be ready for tomorrow morning. Maybe next year as I need to improve my throwing range. Stay tuned for more 'traditional' excitement! LOL. my best, Paul

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