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.
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Get your H.I.P. permit number at Fish and Game's online licensing site.
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.