Waterfowl Hunting in Alaska
Alaska Waterfowler's Quiz

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1. Canvasbacks produced on the Yukon Flats north of Fairbanks are most likely to spend the winter in San Francisco Bay or _____.

a. Kodiak
b. Maryland
c. Texas
d. Mexico

2. Prior to the conversion to non-toxic shot for waterfowl hunting, about how many lead pellets (#6 shot) did hunters put into the environment for each duck bagged?

a. 300
b. 800
c. 1,700
d. 2,000

3. In the bird kingdom, which of these is most closely related to the Canada goose?

a. sandhill crane
b. pelican
c. flamingo
d. loon

4. Copper or nickel plating of lead shot prevents lead poisoning in waterfowl.

a. True
b. False

5. The swift-flying, black and white goldeneyes are biologically classified as:

a. puddle ducks
b. inland divers
c. sea ducks
d. mergansers

6. What is the largest shot size that may be legally used for waterfowl hunting in Alaska?

a. size T
b. size BB
c. size F
d. No. 4 Buck

7. Because of the orientation of the fall flight of birds out of the state, Alaska is administratively considered as:

a. Mississippi Flyway
b. Central Flyway
c. Pacific Flyway
d. separate

8. Magnum waterfowl shotshells deliver more pellet energy than standard loads.

a. True
b. False

9. Immature ducks bagged in the year they were born may be reliably distinguished from adults by their:

a. bill color
b. body fat
c. wing length
d. tail feathers

10. What percentage of ducks that are shot by U.S. hunters are not retrieved, because of poor shooting, improper load selection, hunting conditions, etc.?

a. 5%
b. 10%
c. 20%
d. 50%

11. A shotgun with a 26-inch full choke barrel will throw a more open (less dense) pattern than one with a 30-inch full choke barrel.

a. True
b. False

12. The brightly colored wing patch that distinguishes different species of puddle ducks (mallards, pintails) is called the:

a. wing bar
b. speculum
c. flap
d. insignia

13. "Duplex" shotshells loaded with two sizes of shot provide effective waterfowl shooting at both short and long ranges.

a. True
b. False

14. Over the entire season, the average Alaska hunter bags _____ ducks:

a. two
b. five
c. eight
d. eleven

15. Over the entire season, the average California hunter bags _____ ducks:

a. two
b. five
c. eight
d. eleven

16. The charts on shotshell boxes that recommend effective shot sizes for small game are based on:

a. rigorous field testing of load effectiveness
b. recommendations of experienced hunters
c. what New York advertising agencies think
d. what uncle Joe has always used

17. Alaska hunters bag mallards more than any other species of duck. The second most common duck in the bag is:

a. pintail
b. green-winged teal
c. wigeon
d. shoveler

18. State and federal ducks stamps must be signed across the face and attached to a hunting license to be valid for hunting:

a. True
b. False

19. Which of these species may be legally hunted in Alaska?

a. cormorant
b. emperor goose
c. tundra swan
d. spectacled eider

20. Of Alaska's 365 million acres of surface area, _____ % may be considered suitable waterfowl habitat.

a. 10%
b. 40%
c. 60%
d. 80%