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Posted: 4/17/2008 8:52:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/17/2008 8:58:12 AM EDT by shop_rat45]
I have two Canadian Geese that have decided to take up nesting in my neighbors pond (no one lives there right now) and they always spend their days in my back yard in a low area with a lot of water in it. They may have a nest there. I'm not sure. So, as many ways of getting rid of the that would be fun and involve "dispatching" them, I would prefer not to kill them. I just want them out of my yard so I don't end up with the huge bird bombs that are bigger than my dogs. Also, if I killed them, I'd probably get nailed for poaching. So, what are some good, legal, ideas?

ETA: I am surprised how many people are saying to shoot them. Most of the time, everyone is against shooting anything alive unless it's for hunting or to get rid of a deadly nuisance. I guess I could always get some of that rubber buckshot. That way I get the fun of shooting them without killing them.  
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:52:43 AM EDT
Send DK-Prof up there and they won't be back.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:53:00 AM EDT
too easy
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:53:03 AM EDT
Let the dog chase them away.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:53:25 AM EDT
 Nope...Not gonna say it!!!
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:53:51 AM EDT
12ga 3-1/2 inch mag
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:54:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/17/2008 8:54:26 AM EDT by Bugalaman]
you're asking how to get rid of animals on a gun forum?  hmmmmm....

Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:54:16 AM EDT
Put up a sign that says "Free Beer just 20 miles to the North!" with an arrow pointing that direction.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:55:26 AM EDT
SSS
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:56:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HUMONGO:
Let the dog chase them away.


I have Chihuahuas. Not much help.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:56:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/17/2008 8:58:10 AM EDT by Torf]
4 bore?

Oh wait, you said legal.  Might want to be careful.  Messing with a "federally protected migratory waterfowl" could land you in PMITA prison.  Even if they fuck around all year at some golf course or Sam's Parking lot, they are still protected...

Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:56:37 AM EDT
this is why one owns one of these.



Put their lasy asses to work.. they would love it.

Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:57:11 AM EDT
Approach them, they will attack you. Shoot the fuckers in self-defence, post dinner pictures.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:57:26 AM EDT

Nuke from orbit.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:58:10 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By walrus:
Send DK-Prof up there and they won't be back.


That's what I was thinking... He'll put the smack/whack on their feathered asses.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:59:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sculbert1:

Originally Posted By walrus:
Send DK-Prof up there and they won't be back.


That's what I was thinking...

He'll put the smack/whack on their feathered asses.


Got a dresser I can borrow?
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:59:44 AM EDT
Eat them!
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 8:59:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By KK66:
Approach them, they will attack you. Shoot the fuckers in self-defence, post dinner pictures.




Good idea. How do I prepare Canadian geese?
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:00:06 AM EDT
Adopt a yote.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:00:15 AM EDT
I thought they were Canada Geese? You sure they're Canadian? Do they have passports?
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:00:50 AM EDT
I would recommend harassing them every chance you get.  Make your area inhospitable and they'll leave.  Run them off every chance you get.  A bottle rocket volley would be a good time.  Check your game laws to see what the rules are about harassing wildlife though.  In city limits or in the county?  That will have some effect on what you can do.  If county, just wait until season comes in again and shoot them, after obtaining the proper permits of course.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:02:28 AM EDT
I don't know if this is an option for you, shoprat, but I have a friend that had the same problem.  He lives on a lake, and hated the geese messing up his yard.  He ended up putting up a fence along the lake.  It's nothing expensive, just a mesh type material about 2 feet high and he used cheap 1x1 or 2x2 wood to make some posts.  It doesn't need to be strong.  It's more of a visual deterrent.  They poo in someone else's yard now.

Now, if you have 500' of waterfront you need to fence, that's another story.  He had maybe 150' or so.  Good luck with it.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:04:13 AM EDT
paint ball gun
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:05:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:06:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By K1rodeoboater:
paint ball gun


OOOHHHH!!!!! That's a great idea. I wonder if I have any C02 left. I'm going to check now!!!
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:07:46 AM EDT
Find their nest, shake their eggs.  When they don't hatch, the geese will leave.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:08:29 AM EDT
Break their necks.


Then roast them, roasted or BBQ goose is exceptionally good.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:09:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Torf:
4 bore?

Oh wait, you said legal.  Might want to be careful.  Messing with a "federally protected migratory waterfowl" could land you in PMITA prison.  Even if they fuck around all year at some golf course or Sam's Parking lot, they are still protected...



Yep, "Federally Protected".  Anything you do to displace them will result in criminal charges.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:13:13 AM EDT
Shoot them.


Seriously that's about the only way to get rid of them. They are quite a pain at the Pa state park I work at. The state had to develop this elaborate 'harassment system' to try to get rid of them. It involved elaborate ways to cut the grass in the park and all sorts of nonsense. Everytime we saw them out on the lake we had to go chase them in our rescue boat. My supervisor gave us full permission to throw rocks at them, hit them, basically do whatever.

Yes, a couple people even reported us to PITA
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:14:01 AM EDT
Just put up signs with  "Goose Free Zone" on them and you surely won't have any more problem.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:14:11 AM EDT
BOLO.  They are easy to make and work great.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:14:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:15:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CanadianDave:
I thought they were Canada Geese? You sure they're Canadian? Do they have passports?


your right, its Canada Geese, Canadian geese is incorrect usage.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:16:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:18:30 AM EDT
<---has the same problem x 40.  

I use a Labrador Retriever and a paintballs.  It helps make them someone else's problem.  

Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:19:12 AM EDT
Get permission to destroy the nest and eggs legally.  www.fws.gov/permits/mbpermits/gooseeggregistration.html
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:21:14 AM EDT
I use a Benelli.

Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:21:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By brdvictim:
Get permission to destroy the nest and eggs legally.  www.fws.gov/permits/mbpermits/gooseeggregistration.html


The eggs and nests don't shit all over my yard and chase my kids out of the sandbox.  The geese do!
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:23:28 AM EDT
oh if you shoot them with a paintball gun....keep a bat nearby in case they attack
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:25:18 AM EDT
We had some unwanted geese on a lake behind my house.  My brother and I had some fun with his paintball gun- even shooting one of them while he was mid air with it.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:26:12 AM EDT
Do like what this guy does to this hog here.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:26:17 AM EDT
OH also if you want to really drill the point home you dont' want them there....freeze the paintballs
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:27:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bunn19:
We had some unwanted geese on a lake behind my house.  My brother and I had some fun with his paintball gun- even shooting one of them while he was mid air with it.


What was your brother doing in mid air?  Jack Bauer wannabe shooting?
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:27:14 AM EDT
Leave them alone.  They'll be gone of their own accord soon enough.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 9:51:11 AM EDT



Just kidding
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 10:07:10 AM EDT
A lot of golf courses are using Australian shepherds (dogs) to drive off ducks/geese.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 10:07:27 AM EDT
Look up your local USDA-APHIS-Wildlife services office. They get rid of birds for a living. I can't tell you how geese I Removed when I worked for them.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 10:18:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TerribleTom:
Leave them alone.  They'll be gone of their own accord soon enough.


In Michigan we have a large population of resident giant Canada geese.  If there is open water, they stay.  They only vacation in Ohio until the lakes open up again, and plenty of years they stay all winter long.

They don't leave.  Right now they are paired and territorial.  In another 6 weeks, each pair will have 2-10 goslings.  In suburbia they stay where you cannot shoot them, even with archery equipment.  

When I was a kid, shooting a goose was a rare thing...a real trophy / prize.  Now they are a nuisance and raise bacteria levels in the lakes and beaches to levels where humans cannot occupy the area without health risk.

You can't kill enough of them fast enough.  The township has an egg replacement / addling program and a roundup every spring.  It simply keeps their numbers from getting even more insanely out of control.  They get hit by cars very often, especially when flightless and molting.  

(Frozen paintballs break wings, btw....)    
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 10:33:07 AM EDT
I knew a guy at work that try poaching one with a .22 pistol (the only gun he owned, a Frontier Scout.)  He said the looked at him, honked, and waddled away.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 10:51:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TerribleTom:
Leave them alone.  They'll be gone of their own accord soon enough.


I wondered how long it would take for this type of attitude. I'm surprised it took this long.
Link Posted: 4/17/2008 10:51:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mcooper:
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Just kidding


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