Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife

Migratory Bird Hunters Harvest Information Program (HIP)!

"HIP"
Stands For:
Harvest Information Program

If you are a Delaware migratory bird hunter (ducks, geese, doves, woodcock, rails, snipe, and coots), LISTEN UP - You will have to be HIP each year yopu plan to hunt.

What is HIP? HIP is the "Harvest Information Program" being implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Actually, it was started in 1992 when California, Missouri, and South Dakota participated in the pilot program. Since then, the majority of the states including Delaware, have been phased into the program.

For many years, the USFWS has collected waterfowl harvest information through an after the season survey of hunters who purchased Federal duck stamps. This survey was fine for its time, but better information is now needed. Also, the existing survey has not provided harvest data on other migratory birds like doves and woodcock. HIP will fulfill these needs.

Under the Harvest Information Program, migratory bird hunters need a special permit to hunt. To get the permit, hunters have to provide their name and address, and answer a few questions about their previous year's hunting effort and success. This information is collected by the state, remains totally confidential, and goes immediately to the USFWS who randomly selects hunters to receive a survey form. This way, hunters have the forms to record harvest information during the season instead of after the fact like the old survey requires. By surveying while hunting is going on, much better information should be available to the Service for evaluating bird harvest and the status of migratory bird species.

If you are going to hunt migratory birds in Delaware, you MUST have a new HIP permit each year. The Division of Fish & Wildlife has made every effort to make the process of obtaining a permit as easy as possible, while at the same time being in compliance with the federal requirement.

THIS PERMIT IS FREE and can be obtained by CALLING TOLL FREE at 1-800 WETLAND beginning July 1 of each year. You will note when you purchase your hunting license that the back tag has been designed with blank spaces to accommodate your permit number. When you call, you will receive your HIP number over the phone. Once you have your number, you must write it into the blank spaces on the license. THIS NUMBER IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY, 365 DAYS A YEAR, for your convenience.

If you have difficulty, please call (302) 739-5296 for assistance.

Thanks and Enjoy Migratory Bird Hunting!

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