Yeah my oldest daughter and I took our test last January. My youngest took hers' Sunday so she could get her tag by the cut off date. She was the 40145 person to pass the test. We worked at the fair this last weekend in the FWP shooting center;people could take the test there also. There was just one person after the other taking it. In my opinion the test does two things: 1st it apeases the non-hunting public that the hunters can tell the difference between black and grizzly. 2nd and I feel most important that the hunting public either cannot or at times cannot tell the difference between black and grizzly and should not take the shot if they are not sure. It's even one of our 3 basic hunting rules; Be sure of your target and beyoud. But the test is short and simple 15 questions you can only miss 3. You can take the test as many times as you need.
Interesting, sounds like the test has gone well. I had read that you could take it on-line as well.
Even though it is probably a hassle to have everybody take the test, I agree that it probably does cut down on mistaken brown bear kills. Around here, we have a lot of mistaken cattle/horse kills every year. Maybe we need a "This is a COW! Don't shoot things that go MOOOO" test too...
Sure would be nice to see the grizzly make a come back to their native range. However there are so many people now than in the 1800's, the grizzly/human encounter rate would go up like a rocket if grizzlies were restored to their full range. Unfortunately grizzlies will do more damage (owing to their larger size and "disposition") than black bears too.
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Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...