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Harvest Information Program

Harvest Information Program (HIP)  Registration with HIP (National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program) is required by law every year to hunt migratory game birds– doves, ducks, geese, snipe, woodcock, coots or rails–in Illinois. All licensed hunters must register with HIP if they intend to hunt migratory birds. It’s free and it’s easy. Get your HIP certification when purchasing your hunting or sportsman license, or register for HIP by calling 1- 888- 6PERMIT (record the transaction number on your license). Lifetime license holders also need to register with HIP on an annual basis. Crow hunting is exempt. HIP is a nationwide program and you must register separately in every state where you hunt migratory game birds. Cooperation and support from hunters make sound resource management possible.