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Waterfowl Hunting in Alaska
Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program

Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Migratory Bird Hunters "Get HIP"

If you hunt ducks, geese, brant, swans, sandhill cranes, coots, gallinules, woodcock, rails, doves or band-tailed pigeons in most of the United States, you are required to participate in the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program ("HIP"). In Alaska migratory bird hunters exempt from purchasing an Alaska State Duck Stamp do not need to participate in the HIP program (see License and Duck Stamps).

What is HIP?

HIP is a method by which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), and other state agencies are developing more reliable estimates of the number of migratory birds harvested throughout the country. These estimates will give biologists the information they need to make sound decisions concerning hunting seasons, bag limits, and population management.

How does HIP work?

HIP is based on a voluntary survey of selected migratory bird hunters in the United States. In simplest terms, the Service randomly selects a sample of hunters and asks them to provide information on the kind and number of migratory birds they harvest during the hunting season. This information is then used to develop reliable estimates of the total harvest of all migratory birds in each state and throughout the country.

How do I enroll in HIP?

HIP enrollment can be accomplished by:

  1. Completing a HIP form at a license vendor when purchasing a state duck stamp.
  2. Completing the HIP questionnaire when purchasing a state duck stamp online.

Proof of enrollment in the field. You must have proof of your participation in HIP with you whenever you hunt migratory birds. In Alaska, this will be either your State Duck Stamp or a unique electronic registration number.

If you would like more information please contact ADFG at 1-800-478-7468 or (907) 267-2206.