California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Harvest Information Program

Who Needs a Free Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation?

Who Needs a Free Harvest Information Program (HIP) Validation?

  • Ducks
  • Dove
  • Gallinules
  • Geese
  • Band-tailed pigeon
  • Black brant
  • Coots
  • Snipe

The free HIP Validation is printed on your hunting license document when you complete the Harvest Information Program (HIP) Survey.

If you hunt migratory game birds, verify that a HIP Validation has been printed on your hunting license.

Why is the HIP Survey Needed?

Completing the HIP survey provides wildlife biologists with data needed to make wildlife management decisions and ensure that our migratory game bird resources and hunting traditions will be around for future generations to enjoy.

How Does HIP Work?

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) forwards survey results to each state before annual hunting regulations are formulated. Survey results assist resource managers in formulating hunting regulations.

In each state, the HIP requires that all migratory bird hunters identify themselves and provide their name, address and date of birth to the USFWS. Hunters are also required to carry proof that he or she completed the HIP survey. To comply with this federal requirement, California created the "FREE" HIP Validation.

IMPORTANT! Persons hunting migratory game birds without a HIP Validation in possession may be cited.