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Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP)


All licensed migratory bird hunters (those hunting ducks, geese, brant, coot, woodcock, rails, snipe or gallinules) must purchase a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certificate. All HIP certifications are handled through the electronic licensing system administered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife's contractor. HIP certifications are valid from September 1 to April 15.

Migratory bird hunters can get their HIP certification three different ways, all of which allow hunting immediately:

  • Online by visiting our license sales web site,, or
  • By calling the toll-free NJ telephone sales line at 888-277-2015, or
  • At any license agent. A list of license agents can be found at

    Hunters must have proof of HIP certification while hunting migratory birds, be it a HIP certification printed on the new durable green license stock (DO NOT LAMINATE), a HIP certification printed on a home-computer, or a transaction number obtained over the phone. This proof of certification should be carried in the hunter's license holder.

  • Waterfowl Research Project staff use HIP Certifications to draw a sample of hunters for harvest surveys. The Parts Collection Survey uses wings to derive the species, age and sex of the birds in the waterfowl harvest.
    There is a $2.00 fee for HIP certification. This fee is merely to cover the cost of administering this federally mandated program, which is only partially paid for by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Those obtaining their HIP certification at an agent will receive a HIP certificate on the durable green license stock (DO NOT LAMINATE) now being used and can go hunting immediately. Hunters can print their certification on a home printer and go hunting immediately. Hunters will be able to return at a later date and get a free reprint if the original gets damaged or lost. There are no additional charges when getting a HIP certification at an agent or on a home computer.

    HIP certification obtained by calling the toll-free NJ telephone sales line will cost $5.13 ($2.00 + $3.13 ALS shipping/handling fee). The HIP certification will be printed by ALS on the new durable green license stock and mailed. Hunters will be issued a temporary certification number that allows hunting immediately and can expect to receive their permanent certification document in 7-10 days.

    For migratory bird hunting regulations see the information linked from the Regulations page.

    All information collected through the program is kept confidential and is used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct migratory bird harvest surveys. As it has done previously, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also mail harvest surveys to a small, random group of HIP registrants.

    NJ Waterfowl and Migratory Bird Information

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    Last Updated: June 1, 2018