A HUNTER'S QUIZ: How Good Are You?
Hunters owe it to themselves, to the animals they hunt, and to the future of hunting to learn all they can about the proper methods of the hunt.
Hunter education classes teach proper firearm handling, wildlife conservation, hunter ethics and outdoor survival.
In Idaho a person born after January 1, 1975 must complete a course in hunter education if he or she wants to purchase a hunting license.
The following quiz is taken from a representative sampling of tests given to hunters around the northwest. A tip of the hat to Dan Papp of the Idaho Fish and Game Dept. for his assistance in collecting the quizzes from which these fifty questions were taken.
The answers can be found at the end of the Quiz.
1. What percent of North Americans are hunters?
2. Responsible hunters try to use the lightest, slowest bullet when hunting game to make the contest more sporting.
3. You should shoulder your gun on the same side as your dominant eye.
4. To avoid having game spoil after field dressing it, you should keep it
- a) 7 to 10
- b) 15 to 20
- c) 25 to 30
- d) 35 to 40
5. Whether field dressing small game, birds, or big game, the hunter
- a) clean
- b) warm
- c) wet
- d) all of the above
6. The most important survival skill is knowing how to build a fire.
7. Which of these remedies should a hunter use to fight hypothermia?
- a) cuts the head off the game
- b) keeps the body cavity warm
- c) removes the entrails of the animal
- d) skins the animal
8. Which of these statements is true?
- a) change wet clothes of victim for warm, dry covering
- b) keep victim up and walking
- c) provide victim with strong alcoholic beverage
- d) strip victim naked to adjust to outside
9. Caliber is the term used to describe the diameter of the bores of both rifles and handguns.
10. Three hunters are spread out side by side shooting birds. A bird is flushed out closely in front of the middle man and flies directly away from the group. Whose shot is it?
- a) shotguns and rifles are aimed
- b) shotguns and rifles are pointed
- c) shotguns are aimed; rifles are pointed
- d) shotguns are pointed; rifles are aimed
11. Three hunters are in a single file line when a bird is flushed out directly in front of them and flies directly away. Whose shot is it?
- a) hunter on left
- b) hunter in middle
- c) hunter on right
- d) none of theirs
12. Which of these 1800s groups was primarily responsible for nearly wiping out many game animals?
- a) all three hunters
- b) back two hunters
- c) first hunter in line
- d) last hunter in line
13. If you use number 4 lead shot for ducks, which number of steel shot would you use?
14. With a muzzleloader the maximum effective range will be
- a) conservationists
- b) farmers
- c) game managers
- d) market hunters
15. The most popular bow today, which uses a system of cables and wheels to shoot the arrow, is the
- a) 0 to 5 yards
- b) 20 to 30 yards
- c) 50 to 75 yards
- d) 100 to 125 yards
16. The maximum effective range for most bowhunters is
- a) compound bow
- b) crossbow
- c) longbow
- d) recurve bow
17. Basic survival rules say it is safest to hunt alone.
18. The international call for help is how many signals of any kind?
- a) 0-5 yards
- b) 20-30 yards
- c) 60-75 yards
- d) 100-125 yards
19. Uncontrollable shivering, loss of coordination and unclear speech are signs of
- a) one
- b) two
- c) three
- d) four
20. In any survival situation, the first and most important thing to do is:
- a) shock
- b) seizure
- c) hypothermia
21. A hunter can reduce the chances of capsizing by keeping weight
- a) go for help in the direction from where you came
- b) fire three shots into the air
- c) stay calm and admit that you have a problem.
- d) build a fire.
22. The Pittman-Robertson Act, passed in 1937 to help pay for wildlife management, hunter education, and shooting range construction, currently generates how many dollars per year?
- a) in the bow of the boat
- b) in the laps of those in the boat
- c) in the bottom of the boat
- d) in the stern of the boat
23. The gun a hunter would likely use to hunt whitetail deer is
- a) 1 million
- b) 10 million
- c) 100 million
- d) 1 billion
24. In Idaho it is legal for a hunter to sell parts from a black bear that they have taken legally.
25. Which animal, the mule deer or the whitetail deer, is considered more territorial?
- a) .22 caliber rifle
- b) 410 shotgun
- c) .270 rifle
26. When a turkey hen is flushed from her nest, she will usually desert it.
27. A turkey poult first begins to roost in trees about ____ after hatching.
- a) mule deer
- b) whitetail deer
- c) neither is likely to remain in the same area for long
28. The three unprotected bird species in Idaho are:
- a) 2 hours
- b) 2 days
- c) 2 weeks
- d) 2 months
29. A proxy statement is required to transport any wild game for someone else.
30. The best color to wear in the field so others can see you is red.
31. Shotguns with higher gauge numbers have larger bores.
32. The more open the choke on a shotgun is, the wider the shot pattern.
33. With a shotgun, close targets need a more open choke.
34. The caliber of a rifle is given
- a) crow, raven, magpie
- b) bluejay, robin, hawk
- c) English sparrow, pigeon, starling
35. The cartridge-holding inside rear part of the gun barrel is the
- a) always in metric units
- b) always in standard units
- c) in either metric or standard units
- d) in neither metric or standard units
36. The forward end of a gun barrel is the
- a) bore
- b) chamber
- c) fore-end
- d) muzzle
37. Which of these types of actions do Not use magazines?
- a) bore
- b) chamber
- c) fore-end
- d) muzzle
38. The single-action revolver can be fired by
- a) bolt-action
- b) hinge-action
- c) lever action
- d) semi-automatic
39. Smokeless powder is used in muzzleloading firearms.
40. In preparing a muzzleloader for shooting, the first thing a hunter should do is
- a) cocking the hammer and then pulling the trigger
- b) just pulling the trigger
- c) either A or B
- d) neither A nor B
41. Black powder lacks which of these?
- a) smell the flash pan for black powder
- b) pull the trigger to check the gun for flashing
- c) put the gun on half-cock
- d) use the ramrod to make sure the gun is unloaded
42. When a rifle shell goes off after being hit by the firing pin, the primer burns and the powder explodes.
43. Compared to 1950, today's hunting accident rate is
- a) charcoal
- b) pyrite
- c) saltpeter
- d) sulphur
44. Hunters must share game with landowners on whose land game is shot.
45. When hunting on a farmer's land, you come across an open gate. What should you do?
- a) lower
- b) the same
- c) higher
46. Conservation and preservation are the same.
47. Animals left to themselves in a habitat
- a) fire shots to attract the farmer
- b) close the gate immediately
- c) close the gate at the end of hunting
- d) leave the gate alone
48. Hunters spotting poachers should
- a) co-exist peacefully
- b) fill available space to carrying capacity
- c) manage resources carefully
- d) reproduce at controlled levels
49. In comparing lead shot to steel shot in waterfowl hunting, hunters need to remember that
- a) confront them verbally
- b) fire a warning shot over their heads
- c) perform a citizen's arrest
- d) phone local warden with a description
50. In a home a firearm should be stored separately from its ammunition.
For the answers, click here.
- a) lead shot is banned many places
- b) number 4 lead shot is the same as number 4 steel shot
- c) rifled slugs should be used
- d) steel pellets are heavier than lead
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