The Field & Game Australia WIT takes place over two nights, the first night is training while the second night is the actual test night.
Training Night - Monday 7th November 2016 7pm - 9pm
Test Night - Wednesday 9th November 2016 6pm - 7:30pm
All participants will be provided with a copy of the DuckWISE DVD
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Do I need to sit the Waterfowl Identification Test (WIT)?
Any hunter wishing to hunt game duck in Victoria must have a Game Licence that authorises the hunting of duck. This applies to all Victorian and interstate hunters.
Prior to applying for a Game Licence to hunt game ducks, you need to pass the Waterfowl Identification Test. All applicants must be at least 10 years of age.
The following document provides information on the test format, how to apply for the test and other important information on the test program.
Why do I need to sit the test?
The requirement to pass the WIT ensures that only those hunters able to demonstrate adequate waterfowl identification skills are permitted to hunt game ducks in Victoria. This assists in reducing the number of protected non-game species shot by duck hunters each year.
Since the introduction of the WIT in 1990 and ongoing hunter education by the GMA, its predecessors and hunting organisations, the number of protected non-game birds shot by duck hunters each year has decreased significantly.
What does the test involve?
The test consists of 22 multiple-choice questions. The test is viewed on a TV screen and the exact procedure is explained by an example prior to the actual test. A species of waterfowl is viewed for approximately five seconds and hunters have more than 20 seconds to select an answer and prepare for the next question.
The test examines a hunter's ability to identify the species of waterfowl and determine whether or not they may be hunted. The only writing required is the hunter's name and current address. Hunters need to bring some sort of identification bearing their photograph to the test session.
Hunters who pass the test receive a Certificate of Proficiency.
Does the WIT need to be done each time a Game Licence is renewed?
The WIT only needs to be completed once. Hunters renewing an existing Game Licence and who have successfully completed the WIT are not required to pass the test again, unless a court so determines. This may happen if a hunter is convicted of shooting non-game birds.
What educational material is available?
It is advisable that applicants study before the test, otherwise you will not be able to pass the WIT, unless you are very familiar with Victoria's waterfowl species.
The best way to prepare for the test is to view the Duck Wise education video for free which can be found on GMA's website.