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Harvest Information Program

All licensed hunters must answer the HIP survey questions (National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program) if they intend to hunt migratory birds (doves, ducks, geese, snipe, woodcock, coots or rails).

In order to obtain a HIP certification this year.
Ask for the HIP Certification when purchasing your hunting or sportsman's license. If your hunting license prints out with the 901 HIP Survey or 901 HIP Certification, you are registered with HIP and do not need to phone in or do anything else. If, and only if you buy your hunting license and do not get a 901 code on your license, and decide later to hunt migratory game birds listed above, you can get HIP certified via one of 3 methods listed below:

  1. Preferred method, free of charge is to return to any license vendor and give them your IDNR customer number and ask for the 901 HIP Certification privilege.

  2. Go to the On-Line DNR Direct Sales Site and register for HIP. You will then need to print out the privilege which should have your name and address and 901 HIP Certified listed on the document. There is a $1.03 convenience fee for online registration payable by credit card. **For Hunters who want to get registered for HIP via this method click this online site.

  3. Call 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648) and ask for the 901 HIP Certification. You will have to pay a $3.08 convenience fee via credit card or check over the phone. You will need to write down your transaction number and keep it with you while hunting migratory game birds to show proof that you are registered with the HIP program until you receive your paper copy in the mail.

Lifetime license holders are exempt from registering with HIP and do not need any documents other than the lifetime license.

If you have questions please call IDNR Licensing at 217-782-2965.