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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I learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...