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If you want to hunt native game bird species, or take part in the NSW native game bird management program, you need to successfully complete the waterfowl identification test (WIT). The WIT assesses your ability to identify game and non-game bird species. 

If you'd like to apply to undertake the WIT, you can do this via email, fax or post.

What you need

  • your personal and contact details
  • your residential details
  • your game hunting licence number
  • your preferred location for testing
  • the PDF form – 'Expression of Interest: Waterfowl Identification Test'.

How to apply

  1. Select the 'Download PDF form' button.
  2. Print and complete the form.
  3. Submit your application by mail, email or fax to the details on the form.

More information

  • When a course is scheduled in your preferred region, the native game bird support team will contact you with more information.
  • You'll be sent a free copy of Duck WISE (Waterfowl Identification, Safety, Effective and Efficient Hunting), the education video that the test is based on. The video is in three sections:
    • Waterfowl Identification
    • Firearms Safety
    • Effective and efficient hunting (introduction to the Shotgunning Education Program).
  • You must study the Waterfowl Identification section as a minimum, before attempting the WIT.
  • The WIT consists of 22 multiple choice questions.
  • To pass the test you'll need to get at least 75% (50 marks out of a possible 66).
  • Answer sheets are sent to the Game Management Authority (GMA) in Victoria for official marking.
  • GMA sends out the official WIT certificates to those who have been successful, and notifies those who have not been.
  • You can try a practice test before undertaking the actual assessment.
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