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February 27, 2005, 11:20 AM
Is this gauge potent enough to take geese at ranges of 20-35 yards? Is it recomended to use a 20 gauge gun for geese?

February 27, 2005, 01:35 PM
20 gage is not normally used for geese , use 12 or 10 Ga.Some of my goose hunting involves head shots.my gun with steel BB shot and modified choke gives a extra, extra full pattern .This works with the head shots well and you don't have to worry about the steel shot penetrating the body. 3" ,12 ga steel shot has 100 pellets.

February 27, 2005, 09:34 PM
Yes, 20 gauge will do it. Just use a heavy load like BB's or 1's, keep the shot pattern tight with a full or modified choke, and stay within 30 yards. Beyond that, restrict your shooting to head-on shots.

February 27, 2005, 10:09 PM
Don't see why you can't take geese with a 20 guage. Just as fast as a 12 with less pellets. A well placed shot will work. I always shoot at the head with good luck. I use a 12 and 3 inch sheels.

It took me a while to learn to shoot at the head. It's easy to shoot at the body because it's the biggest thing you see. Shooting at the head will bring down more birds.

February 27, 2005, 10:22 PM
Oh one other thing! you gotta love Texas! In february or march ( can't remember) you can use as many rounds as the gun can hold. You can remove the plug. And you can use eletronic calls. But the geese get wise to the eletronic calls. Never the less its still a blast to hunt geese. This is the first year I dident go out goose hunting. They are starting to move north! If I get my butt in gear this next weekend maybe I can find a goose or two to shoot. When I hunt I get about 50 birds a year

March 1, 2005, 08:41 AM
Thanks for all of your comments, but I think that I am just going to use a 12ga. , not that great of a shot you know.

Long Path
March 1, 2005, 08:44 PM
impact are you sure about that? I don't find any such information on the Texas Parks & Wildlife page on migratory waterfowl regulations (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/hunt/migratory/). Still says no more than three rounds.

I thought that the limit on shells for migratory waterfowl was set by federal regs, too. Any references?

March 1, 2005, 10:21 PM
Long Path I'm sure. This the first year I dident go out goose hunting in a long time. I'm not sure about the date's for the eletronic calls and unpluged guns. But in the past it started about this time of the year. And it was only good for snow geese. nothing else! No speckle belly or canadians. I just tried to call my goose guide buddie down in Victoria. but no answer. I will get back with you for a link to this information.

March 1, 2005, 10:43 PM
I did a google search and found this www.tpwd.state.tx.us/news/news/981207a.htm. But i'm still looking. Wish my buddie would answer his phone. hell I even gave the game warden a call. No answer. :D

March 1, 2005, 11:44 PM
I'm slow but I found it

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Light geese - 20 in the aggregate; Dark geese - 3 Canada and 1 white-fronted goose.
Light geese - 20 in the aggregate; Dark geese - 3 Canada and 2 whitefronted geese.
Twice the daily bag limit for dark geese, no possession limit for light geese. During the Conservation Order there is no daily bag or possession limit on light geese.

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During the Light Goose Conservation Order, the taking of light geese will be permitted by regulations established through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Conservation Order. Under the Conservation Order the following rules shall be in effect for the taking of light geese through March 27, 2005.

1. The use of electronic calls shall be legal.
2. Unplugged shotguns holding more than 3 shells will be legal.
3. There will be no daily or possession limits.
4. Shooting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise until one half-hour after sunset.
5. LIGHT GEESE shall include only Snow (including blue) and Ross' geese.


After March 6, 2005, it is unlawful to take light geese in Refugio, Calhoun and Aransas counties on the seaward side of a line beginning at the Gulf of Mexico at Port O'Connor (including Pelican Island), thence northwest along State Hwy. 185, thence southwest along State Hwy. 35 to Aransas Pass, thence southeast along State Hwy. 361 to the Port Aransas Channel, thence east along the Corpus Christi Channel, thence southeast along the Aransas Channel to the Gulf of Mexico. This closure does not apply to the Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area.
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Fat White Boy
April 8, 2005, 02:48 AM
I played golf with a guy on vacation from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I told him I enjoyed hunting geese. He told me to come on up and kill a thousand of them. He said there are so many geese that they have become a nuisance and have ruined the golf course he plays...