Cotty - that's a southern James Bay canada. They're a specific sub-species of canada goose, and a definite trophy bird. http://www.ducks.org/hunting/waterfowl-id/canada-goose
Nice job Kaiser... I'm gonna assume he's heading to the taxidermist? :smiley_clap: Looking forward to seeing what the band info says once you get it back.
I'm not even sure they're putting the orange neck collars on them anymore because of the ease of identifying the birds.
Copied from the USFWS...
The Southern James Bay Population (SJBP) of Canada geese nests along the southwestern shore of James Bay in Ontario and on Akimiski Island in James Bay, a portion of the Northwest Territories. Spring surveys on the breeding grounds indicate the population has fluctuated at a relatively low level, ranging from 77,345 in 1993 to 136,623 in 1999. No trend in population size is evident. On Akimiski Island, evidence from band recoveries suggests that mortality of young prior to the onset of the sport-hunting season has been high. There is also some suggestion that nesting habitats are being negatively impacted by rapidly expanding populations of staging snow geese. The Service and the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyway Councils remain concerned about the Southern James Bay population, and efforts to limit the harvest of this population will continue until a better understanding of the factors affecting population growth is obtained and population recovery is well under way.
Cool man, I didn't know a goose would even live that many years. Would that be considered a boone and crockett class goose in the waterfowl world?