All Hunters Must Take HIP Survey Before Hunting Migratory Birds
9/1/2017 4:20:49 PM

JACKSON — If you plan on hunting any migratory bird (ex: coots, ducks, geese, brant, swans, doves, woodcock, rails, snipe, or gallinules) you are REQUIRED by federal law to participate in the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey–something most hunters do already during the purchase of a Mississippi hunting license.

If you need to take the HIP survey, you may do so by phone by contacting the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) License Bureau at 601-432-2055 during normal business hours. After business hours call 1-800-5GO-HUNT. Upon completion of the survey, you will be provided with a HIP confirmation number to satisfy the requirement.

Lifetime License holders and Exempt License holders are still required to take the HIP Survey.

Information from HIP surveys is used by MDWFP and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to generate reliable estimates of hunting activity and the number of all migratory game birds harvested throughout the country. These estimates give biologists information they need to make sound decisions concerning hunting seasons, bag limits, and population management.

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