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Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP)

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A HIP number is required if you hunt migratory game birds in Indiana. If you hunt any of the species below, a HIP number is required in addition to any license requirements.

  • ducks
  • coots
  • doves
  • sora
  • mergansers
  • geese
  • woodcock
  • snipe

Please have the following information ready when registering for a HIP number:

  • Your Indiana Hunting License type and number. For lifetime licenses, add leading zeros to your license number to create an 8-digit number. For example, if you license has number 1234, type “00001234”.
  • Date of Birth (MM/DD/YY)

If you hunted migratory birds or waterfowl last year, please answer these questions.

  • Number of ducks harvested
  • Number of geese harvested
  • Number of mourning doves harvested
  • Number of woodcock harvested
  • Did you hunt for coots or snipe (y/n)?
  • Did you hunt for rails or gallinules (y/n)?

If you are exempt from needing a license to hunt migratory birds in Indiana, you must register for a HIP number through this website. You will need:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Street Address
  • County of Residence
  • Phone number
  • Social Security number or driver’s license number

The system will then produce a customer ID number and a HIP number.

Register for HIP

Note: If you are exempt from needing a license you must use the online HIP registration to get your HIP number.

You can also call 1-866-671-4499 to obtain your HIP number.

Need additional help? See our HIP registration instructions.

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