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Frequently Asked CORE Hunter Education Course Study Guide

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Study Guide For The CORE Hunter Education Courses

Alaska-Yukon Moose

Alaska-Yukon moose The Alaska moose (Alces alces gigas), or Alaskan moose in Alaska, or giant moose and Yukon moose in Canada, is a subspecies of moose that ranges from Alaska to western Yukon. The Alaska moose is the largest subspecies of moose. Book […]

Survival Kit

Survival Kit

Survival Kit You can buy a survival kit or make your own. It doesn’t matter how much money you spend or how many items you include Book Your CORE Exam […]

Hypothermia

Hypothermia

Hypothermia Hypothermia is the loss of body heat. This happens when the body loses more heat then it can produce. Hypothermia is always dangerous and sometimes fatal. Book Your CORE […]

Fair Chase

Fair Chase

Fair Chase Fair chase hunting involves a hunter who understands and respects the animal hunted, follows the law, and agrees to hunt using no methods that would give him / […]

Hunting Regulations FAQ

Hunting Regulations FAQ

Hunting Regulations FAQ If a person meets the definition of “hunt”, they must be in possession of a hunting licence (unless exempt). Book Your CORE Exam Here What is “Hunting”? […]

B.C. Resident Credential

B.C. Resident Credential

Book Your CORE Exam Here B.C. Resident Credential Why does my B.C. Resident credential expire? To ensure that only B.C. residents are accessing hunting privileges available to residents only, the […]

Hunting Licences BC

Hunting Licences BC

Hunting Licences BC Hunting licences are available to those who meet the following general requirements, in addition to the residency-specific requirements below: Book Your CORE Exam Here Types of hunting […]

Species Licences

Species Licences

Species Licences Species licences are required for the hunting of thefollowing animals and are required in addition tothe basic hunting licences. Hunters are required tocarry all species licences purchased for […]

BC Hunting Ethics

BC Hunting Ethics

BC Hunting Ethics It is the responsibility of individual outdoorsmen to demonstrate respect for wildlife, the environment, landowners, private property, and the public. Book Your CORE Exam Here It is […]

Wolf

Wolf

WOLF The wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the timber wolf, prefers the open tundra and forests of British Columbia. Although they once inhabited most of North America, the distribution […]

Cougars 2

Cougars 2

Cougars 2 Cougars (Felis concolor), also known as mountain lions are only found in the Western Hemisphere. Depending on food availability, the cougar generally resides in remote, wooded and rocky […]

Bison

Bison

Bison Bison are very large animals with a shaggy dark brown mane. Bison can weigh more than a ton and stand up to 2 meters tall, and inhabit the northeastern […]

 White-tailed Deer  2

 White-tailed Deer  2

 White-tailed Deer  2 The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virignianus) is the most widely distributed of North America’s large mammals. It can be found as far south as the southern tip of […]

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat Despite its name, a mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) is actually not a member of the actual goat genus. Mountain goats belong to a group known as goat antelopes. […]

Wolverine

Wolverine

Wolverine The wolverine (Gulo gulo) has tiny eyes and short round ears that offset a small round face. Its thick head, neck and shoulders are insulated with muscles that are […]

lynx

lynx

lynx The range of the Canada lynx (Felis lynx) spans across much of Canada and Alaska, primarily inhabiting the boreal forest. Lynx are medium-sized cats with long legs, huge paws […]

California Bighorn Sheep

California Bighorn Sheep

California Bighorn Sheep California bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis sierrae) inhabit the southwest interior of British Columbia and extend southward on the east side of the Coast and Cascade Mountains into […]

Black Bear 2

Black Bear 2

Black Bear 2 Black bears have short, stout bodies, small black eyes, rounded ears, short tails and straight facial profiles. Book Your CORE Exam Here Black bears (Ursus americanus) are […]

Animals With Ear Tags

Animals With Ear Tags

Animals With Ear Tags Please DO NOT AVOID hunting animals with ear tags or collars, unless specified under regional sections in the synopsis. This will ensure that biologists acquire accurate […]

Hunting Licences FAQ

Hunting Licences FAQ

How do electronic-based hunting licences work? When you buy a licence, the licence information will be entered into your online Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID) profile. Only species licences will continue […]

Identifying Bears

Identifying Bears

Identifying Bears Bears are wild animals and can be dangerous. There is a combination of characteristics to look for that can help you identify between black and Grizzly bears. Knowing […]

Ungulate Health

Ungulate Health

Ungulate Health Concerns with ungulate health are rising with the recent detection of Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease (AHD) in B.C. and the detection of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) closer to BC. Book […]

Toxic (lead) Shot

Toxic (lead) Shot

Toxic (lead) Shot The use of toxic (lead) shot for hunting waterfowl has been prohibited in British Columbia since 1995 and in Canada since 1997. Book Your CORE Exam Here […]

Deer bag limits

Deer bag limits

Deer bag limits Provincial bag limits vs. regional bag limits, buck limits vs. antlerless bag limits, aggregate bag limits, individual bag limits for species, and species licences for mule (black-tailed) […]

Species licences fees

Species licences fees Species licences are required for the hunting of the following animals and are required in addition to the basic hunting licences. Hunters are required to carry all […]

HUNTING LICENCE FEES

HUNTING LICENCE FEES

HUNTING LICENCE FEES The following fees apply province-wide. Additional licence requirements are indicated under certain regional schedules. All licences issued under the Wildlife Act are non-transferable and non-refundable. Book Your […]

Métis Hunters

Métis Hunters

Métis Hunters All Métis individuals intending to hunt in B.C. are required, under the Wildlife Act, to hold a valid hunting licence and comply with all hunting regulations. Book Your […]

Hunting in BC Parks

Hunting in BC Parks

Hunting in BC Parks This is not maintained and may not be up to date. This list is posted in January 2023   Only the Parks, conservancies, protected areas and recreation […]

Black-tailed Deer 2

Black-tailed Deer 2

Black-tailed Deer 2 Black-tailed deer are a smaller subspecies of mule deer. Their coat is slightly darker in colour. They have a small rump patch and a tail that is mostly […]

California Quail

California Quail

California Quail California quailhave a curving crest or plume, made of six feathers, that droops forward: black in males and brown in females; the flanks are brown with white streaks. Book […]

Turkey

Turkey

Turkey The turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris, native to North America. Book Your CORE Exam Here Males of both turkey species have a distinctive fleshy wattle, called a snood, that hangs from the […]

ptarmigans

ptarmigans

ptarmigans Ptarmigans have feathered feet and toes typical of this cold-adapted group. The genus Lagopus was introduced by the French zoologist Mathurin Jacques Brisson in 1760 with the willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) as the type species. Book Your […]

doves and pigeons

doves and pigeons

doves and pigeons Columbidae (/kəˈlʌmbɪdiː/) is a bird family consisting of doves and pigeons. It is the only family in the order Columbiformes. These are stout-bodied birds with short necks and short slender bills that in some species feature fleshy ceres. […]

Pheasant

Pheasant

Pheasant Pheasants (/ˈfɛzənt/ FEH-zənt) are birds of several genera within the family Phasianidae in the order Galliformes. Although they can be found all over the world in introduced (and captive) populations, the pheasant genera native range is […]

Chukar Partridge

Chukar Partridge The chukar partridge (Alectoris chukar), or simply chukar, is a Palearctic upland gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae. It has been considered to form a superspecies complex along with the rock partridge, Philby’s partridge and Przevalski’s partridge and treated in the past as conspecific particularly […]

Blue Grouse

Blue Grouse

Blue Grouse The genus Dendragapus contains two closely related species of grouse that have often been treated as a single variable taxon (blue grouse). The two species are the dusky grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) and […]

Band-tailed pigeon

Band-tailed pigeon

Band-tailed pigeon The band-tailed pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) is a medium-sized bird of the Americas. Its closest relatives are the Chilean pigeon and the ring-tailed pigeon, which form a clade of Patagioenas with a terminal tail band and iridescent plumage on their necks. […]

Shot Placement

Shot Placement

Shot Placement Killing an animal quickly depends on:  knowledge of the animal’s internal anatomy; effective shot placement; and appropriate equipment.   Book Your CORE Exam Here When shooting at a […]

Wildlife Act

Wildlife Act

Wildlife Act The Wildlife Act is the foundation for conserving and managing wildlife in British Columbia. Book Your CORE Exam Here What is the Wildlife Act? The Wildlife Act provides for the […]

Habitat

Habitat

Habitat Habitat is the “home” a species of wildlife lives in that provides everything it needs to survive – places to hide, breed, rest, eat and drink. Knowledgeable hunters understand […]

Upland game bird

Upland game bird

Upland game bird Upland game bird is an American term which refers to non-water fowl game birds in groundcover-rich terrestrial ecosystems above wetlands and riparian zones (i.e. “uplands”), which are commonly hunted with gun dogs (pointing breeds, flushing spaniels and retrievers). Book Your CORE Exam […]

Blacktail Deer

Blacktail Deer

blacktail deer Two forms of black-tailed deer or blacktail deer that occupy coastal woodlands in the Pacific Northwest of North America are subspecies of the mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). They have sometimes been treated as a species, but virtually all […]

Stone’s Sheep 

Stone’s Sheep 

Stone’s Sheep  The Stone’s sheep or stone sheep is the more southern subspecies of thinhorn sheep, Ovis Dalli. Book Your CORE Exam Here The global population of Stone’s sheep is […]

Caribou

Caribou

Caribou The boreal woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), also known as woodland caribou, boreal forest caribou and forest-dwelling caribou, is a North American subspecies of reindeer (or caribou in North America) found only in Canada. Unlike the Porcupine caribou and barren-ground caribou, boreal woodland […]

Ecology

Ecology

Ecology Ecology is the study of how the natural world works. Book Your CORE Exam Here   It attempts to understand the relationships and interactions among living things and their […]

ecosystems

ecosystems

ecosystems The natural world is comprised of countless ecosystems. Book Your CORE Exam Here Ecosystems are specific communities of living things, interacting with one another and with the environment (air, […]

Cougar

Cougar

Cougar The cougar is a large cat native to the Americas. Its range spans from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes in South America and is the most widespread […]

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat The mountain goat, also known as the Rocky Mountain goat, is a hoofed mammal endemic to mountainous areas of western North America. The mountain goat is an even-toed ungulate of […]

White-tailed Deer 

White-tailed Deer 

White-tailed Deer  The deer’s coat is reddish-brown in the spring and summer and turns to a grey-brown throughout the fall and winter. The deer can be recognized by the characteristic […]

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep The Bighorn Sheep is remarkable for its ability to survive in conditions as diverse as the snow-capped alplands of the Canadian Rockies and the hot deserts of Death […]

Mule Deer

Mule Deer

Mule Deer The mule deer is a deer indigenous to western North America; it is named for its ears, which are large like those of the mule. Book Your CORE […]

mourning dove

mourning dove

mourning dove The mourning dove is a handsome streamlined bird with a small head and long pointed tail. Adult birds measure about 27.9-33 cm (11-13 inches) in length. The plumage […]

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

snow goose There are two colour phases in snow goose populations: a dark or blue phase and a white phase. Adults of the white phase are all-white with black wing […]

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

Canada Geese  A number of sub-species of Canada geese occur in BC. All are similar in appearance but vary considerably in size. The sexes look alike. They have a dark […]

Pintail

Pintail

Pintail The male has a brown back, white belly, distinctive pointed tail and brown head. In breeding plumage, a line of white feathers goes up the neck to the back […]

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Wood Duck The male wood duck has dark cinnamon-coloured iridescent plumage on the chest, with white flecking. The sides are tan and the belly is white. The male has distinct […]

Migratory Game Birds

Migratory Game Birds

Migratory Game Birds Migratory game birds migrate to northern breeding areas in the spring and southern wintering areas in the fall. They include ducks, geese, woodcock and snipe. Hunters require […]

What Squirrels live in BC

What Squirrels live in BC

What Squirrels live in BC Some Squirrels are indigenous and two are invasive. Book Your CORE Exam Here American Red Squirrel /Tamiasciurus hudsonicus The Red squirrel ranges across our province […]

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant The ring-necked pheasant is not native to BC but was introduced in the 1800s, and has thrived in the more southern parts of the province. The male ring-necked […]

Ptarmigan

Ptarmigan

Ptarmigan In winter, both male and female ptarmigans are totally white in colour, except for a black tail, beak and eyes. During the summer months, the male has a brown […]

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse Sharp-tailed grouse are a pale-brown colour with a black back. The sides and belly are speckled with black and white. In flight, the short pointed white tail distinguishes […]

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Spruce grouse Spruce grouse males have black breasts with white spots on the sides. The hen is a dark, rusty brown. Both sexes have black and white barring on the […]

Black Bear

Black Bear

Black bear Black bear have glossy black hair with some individuals showing a patch of white on their chest or throat. Occasionally, colour variations of cinnamon, brown or even white […]

Moose

Moose

Moose The moose is the largest member of the deer family. It is dark brown to nearly black in colour. Its large size, humped shoulders and large nose make it […]

Elk

Elk

Elk Elk, are generally a brownish-yellow colour with a distinctive light, cream-coloured rump patch. The antlers of the bull are large, sweeping back and upward. A mature bull will have […]

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer As the name indicates, the main identifying feature of the white-tailed deer is its white tail. The underside of the tail is white and highly visible. The animal […]