National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP)
Important information for bird hunters
Hunters intending to hunt migratory game birds (including ducks, geese, snipe, woodcock and coot) must have a H.I.P. permit number.
There is no charge for a H.I.P. permit number. There are two ways to get one:
- Call the new toll-free H.I.P. phone line: 1-800-207-6183. A live operator
will give you a H.I.P. permit number. Please write this number
on your license.
-- OR --
- Get your H.I.P. permit number at Fish and Game's online licensing site. Click here to get a H.I.P. permit number or purchase a hunting license online.
Your H.I.P. permit is valid for the entire waterfowl season, HOWEVER, licenses expire on December 31.
As in past years, hunters still need separate permits and numbers for each state in which they intend to hunt.
Harvest information provided by hunters through H.I.P. helps state wildlife biologists better manage migratory game bird populations.