On the Centeral Fly way goose is open until mid Feb for all geese, darks and snows...then we have a snow ggose conservation season that runs for the whole month of march. So we have alot of chances and time to get out there and get it done. My first time out will be Thanksgiving morning...the the boy and I hopefully I can end it quick and get back form a good warm Thanksgiving meal.
Good luck with your Thanksgiving hunt, that would be great especially with your son. I don't waterfowl hunt much but may bet a few more chances this year. Usually we don't go until January though until only the river still has open water to draw them in. At least that's what my friend tells me.
What does "gauge" mean anyway? As used here gauge means the number of round lead balls the same diameter as the inside of the barrel (aka the bore) that it would take to weigh one pound. It takes 12 lead balls the same diameter as a 12 gauge barrel to weigh a pound. The smaller 20 gauge would require 20 balls of that barrel diameter. The larger bore 12 gauge would require 12 lead balls of the bore diameter to weigh one pound.
In general the number of pellets in a shotgun shell...