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ISSUE 161

Identifying the Problem

Knowing the animal you hunt is a top priority. It sounds so simple that it’s often overlooked as one of the basic responsibilities every hunter has in the field. Waterfowl hunters have to be able to identify birds in flight so that bag limits for particular species aren’t exceeded. Predator hunters have to be able to discern the difference between coyotes and wolves where both animals roam the landscape so that they don’t illegally take a wolf on the mistaken belief that it is a coyote. And bear hunters in Montana have to go through a bear identification course so they can understand the physical differences between grizzlies and black bears so that the hunter doesn’t accidentally take a grizzly when they have a black bear tag in their pocket.