HIP Certification Required for North Dakota Migratory Bird Hunters

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HIP Certification Required for North Dakota Migratory Bird HuntersAs early Canada goose season opens Aug. 15, and with dove, sandhill crane and regular waterfowl seasons soon to follow, migratory game bird hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting in North Dakota this fall.

HIP certification is required for all migratory bird hunters, regardless of age, before hunting ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves or woodcock.

Hunters who purchase a license through the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Bismarck office, website (gf.nd.gov), or instant licensing telephone number (800-406-6409) can easily get HIP certified.

Otherwise, hunters must call 888-634-4798, or log on to the Game and Fish website, and record the HIP number on their fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate.

Those who registered to hunt the spring light goose season in North Dakota do not have to register with HIP again, as it is required only once per year. However, hunters must HIP register in each state for which they are licensed before hunting migratory game birds.