Bird Hunting Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

With millions of acres and dozens of species of game birds, North America is primed for hunters. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of bird hunting.

Most bird hunting takes place during which seasons?

Fall and winter are primarily bird hunting season. There are exceptions depending on species and region, but the bulk of bird hunting is done during fall and winter months.


Which type of firearm is used for bird hunting?

A shotgun is the most suitable firearm for bird hunting. The size or style of shotgun a hunter uses may be determined by which game bird is being targeted.


True or false: Shotguns are sized by gauge. The lower the gauge number, the smaller the shotgun shell.

Shotguns are sized by gauge, but a lower gauge number denotes a larger shotgun shell and therefore more power.


What is the most common gauge of shotgun used for game bird hunting?

The 12 gauge is the most popular shotgun for game bird hunting. The gauge is defined by the number of balls with the same diameter of the barrel that can be made from a pound of lead.


Which bird is the most popular game bird in North America?

At least 42 states in the U.S. allow the hunting of mourning doves, and more mourning doves are harvested in the U.S. each year than any other animal.


The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act helps pay for wildlife management and hunter education. When did Congress pass it?

Congress passed the act in 1937. The legislation is also known as the Pittman-Robertson Act, and proceeds from the tax are apportioned to all 50 states.


Where does the money for the Pittman-Robertson Act come from?

The money for the Pittman-Robertson Act comes from an excise tax on firearms and ammunition sold in the U.S.


How much money has the Pittman-Robertson Act collected since the legislation was passed?

Since the inception of the Pittman-Robertson Act, more than $10.1 billion has been collected and disbursed.


What is the largest game bird in North America?

Turkeys are the largest game bird in North America. Wild turkeys are darker in color and smaller than the domestic variety.


Which categories are North American game birds generally divided into?

In North America game birds are generally divided into the categories of upland and wetland birds. Wetland game birds are also called waterfowl and include geese and ducks.


Which of the following is NOT an upland game bird?

The canvasback is not an upland game bird. The Canvasback is a species of duck and therefore considered waterfowl.


What are immature male wild turkeys called?

Immature male turkeys are called jakes. Adult males are called toms, and female turkeys are called hens.


Which upland game bird reaches up to 4 pounds (2 kilograms) in weight?

Pheasants are 20 to 36 inches (51 to 91 centimeters) in length and up to 4 pounds in weight. There are 35 species of pheasants.


Which gender of pheasants are more colorful?

Male pheasants are more colorful than females. This characteristic is known as sexual dimorphism.


Which of the following projectiles is NOT fired from a shotgun shell?

A bullet is not fired from a shotgun shell.


Which shotgun shell component holds the shot together as it travels through the barrel?

The wad also separates the shot from the powder charge in the shell.


True or false: The powder charge in a shotgun shell causes a small explosion.

The powder charge in a shotgun shell burns quickly and forms gases that push the wad and shot through the barrel.


When is a hunting license required in the U.S.?

Whether hunting upland birds, waterfowl or small and large game, a hunting license is always required in the U.S. Some states allow unlicensed youth beginners to hunt with a licensed parent, but this is the only exception.


Which course do most U.S. states require before purchasing a hunting license?

Nearly every state requires hunters to take a safety course before getting a hunting license.


How fast can a ring-necked pheasant run?

On level ground, a ring-necked pheasant can run 8-10 miles per hour. Once airborne, pheasants can fly up to 48 miles per hour.


Pheasants are native to China. When were they brought to America?

Judge Owen Nickerson Denny brought 30 pheasants to the U.S. in 1881, and 26 survived the journey.


True or false: Pheasants and quail are closely related.

Pheasants and quail are in the same scientific family, Phasianidae. While the birds do not look alike, they are genetically closely related.


Which is the largest waterfowl in North America?

Trumpeter swans are the largest North American waterfowl. The birds can weigh as much as 35 pounds (16 kilograms).


How many native species of quail are there in North America?

The most common of the six native species is the bobwhite.


Which species is the largest quail in North America?

Mountain quail can weigh up to 10 ounces (283 grams).


Black brant are waterfowl that migrate from Alaska to Baja California. How long does it take them to migrate?

Black brant migrate approximately 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) from Alaska to Baja California in just 60 to 72 hours. During this nonstop flight, the birds lose nearly half their body weight.


Both upland and wetland bird hunters frequently use hunting dogs. Which breed is the most popular hunting dog in the U.S.?

Not only are Labrador retrievers the most popular hunting breed in the U.S., they are also the American Kennel Club's most popular overall breed.


How wide is the field of vision of most waterfowl?

Waterfowl have eyes on both sides of their heads, providing a field of vision of nearly 340 degrees. Furthermore, the saucer-shaped eyes of waterfowl allows them to see distant and close objects in focus simultaneously.


True or false: Mallards are the most common wild ducks in North America.

There are an estimated 10 million mallards of breeding age in North America. North America is home to more mallards than any other continent.


What color is the head of a male mallard duck?

Male mallard ducks, also known as drakes, have a green head. Female mallards, or hens, have a mottled tan to brown plumage.


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