Keep the beard attached to the carcass until you return to your residence. You may pluck the bird in the field, but remember to keep the beard connected to the body.
Toms and hens can be easily determined by their significant head and wing color differences. If by chance you run across a rare bearded hen, even though the provisions of the law may allow you to take it, we strongly discourage it. Spring is the turkeys’ primary mating and nesting period so hens may not be harvested in order to protect their production.
According to hunter education instructor leader Lt. Bart Bundesen, the key to success for any student is to study for the hunter education exam by assembling all of the pertinent information beforehand and tailoring it to their own learning approach. Here are a few resources to do this:
• Get the hunter education manual in advance and work with a partner to complete the chapter reviews at the end of the book.
• In addition to the manual, get the hunter education workbook and answer the questions. Both the manual and the workbook can be obtained ahead of time by contacting the course instructor or a local CDFW office.
• Go to any of the CDFW-approved home study online courses and study the material on their websites. The websites arewww.hunter-ed.com/ca/
These websites are recommended for a couple of reasons. The Today’s Hunter in California ( www.hunter-ed.com/ca/) website belongs to the same company that makes the hunter education manuals we use in California, so the material is very similar. This site has California-specific information, good animations and video. HunterCourse.com is another great website, especially for students without strong reading skills, because it incorporates more visual learning tools. The Today’s Hunter and Huntercourse.com websites both have additional audio narration functions. The International Hunter Education Association ( www.ihea.com/hunting-and-shooting/hunter-education/online-courses) website also provides a lot of great information and is a good study website.
Don’t worry if it looks like a pay website. There is no charge for using any of these websites to study but the actual online courses are designed for adults. For youngsters and those with learning disabilities, we recommend that in addition to studying from these websites, they take the full eight-hour class because they will likely understand and retain the information better. The online courses require the student to do all studying and learning via the computer, and then come into the four-hour follow up class knowing everything and ready to take the exam. While most of the material is reviewed in the four-hour follow up class, we see a much higher success rate among people who take the full eight-hour class. Students who take the full class have the added benefit of listening to the class discussions, watching the instructor demonstrations and they can ask questions if they need better clarification about any of the topics they must learn before taking the test.
For additional questions on what reasonable accommodations may be available, please contact the CDFW’s Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at (916) 651-1214.