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Mandatory Harvest Information Program (HIP)

If you’re 16 years old or older and hunt migratory birds (ducks, coots, geese, doves, woodcock, rails, snipe, or gallinules), you must get a Harvest Information Program certification and carry proof of your HIP certification with you whenever you’re hunting migratory birds. You must get HIP-certified in every state you hunt migratory birds.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state wildlife management agencies use HIP to estimate the number of migratory birds harvested each year. The USFWS selects a random sample of HIP-certified migratory bird hunters and sends them a survey. Survey questions vary from what species you hunted and how many you harvested to a request to send in a wing from each harvested bird. Biologists use these data to determine the effect of hunting regulations on harvest levels and evaluate the ratio of young birds to adult birds in the harvest to determine recruitment rates (young surviving to enter the adult population). Managers use this information to set hunting seasons and bag limits.

How do I get HIP-certified?

Get your HIP certification online or at LDWF Headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. No course or test is required; simply answer a few short registration questions.

HIP certification will no longer be available at retail license vendors. 

How much does HIP certification cost?

It’s free.  

What if I have a lifetime license?

You still must get HIP-certified every year. You can get your HIP certification online or at LDWF Headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.