Harvest Information Program (HIP)

New – HIP Permit to Replace HIP Number

All hunters requiring a Virginia hunting license including lifetime license holders who plan to hunt doves, waterfowl, rails, woodcock, snipe, coots, gallinules or moorhens in Virginia must be registered with the Virginia Harvest Information Program (HIP). HIP is required each year and a new registration permit is needed for the 2016-2017 hunting season. In the past, hunters were given a HIP number. A change for the 2016-2017 seasons is that hunters will be issued a Permit with their hunting license instead of being issued a random number.

How do I obtain a HIP number?

To register for HIP, visit Go Outdoors Virginia. Go Outdoors Virginia represents a new online portal, and one-stop shop, for DGIF customers to purchase recreational fishing and hunting licenses, check game, register and renew vessels, sign up for quota hunts, and more. Beginning July 1, 2016, you will be required to create a Customer Account in order to purchase your license and get a HIP number. You can manage your account online 24/7/365.

Once a customer account has been completed you can proceed to purchase/replace a license/permit. There is a line provided on hunting licenses for the HIP registration permit at no cost. Non-resident hunters hunting migratory game birds in Virginia are also required to register after purchasing their license.

License-Exempt Hunters

Hunters who are exempt from purchasing a license are requested to register for HIP.  Information obtained from HIP registration is vital for the management of migratory birds in Virginia.  If not already established, exempt hunters can create a Customer Account.

Why do I need to register for HIP?

The HIP Permit is the hunter’s proof that they registered with Virginia’s program this year and must be available for inspection by Law Enforcement officials (State and Federal).

Participation in this program is not an option and hunters should realize that their participation in HIP will benefit the future of their migratory game bird hunting in Virginia. Answers provided by hunters to the questions during the short survey are not used to compile harvest estimates, but are simply used to identify what types of birds a hunter usually hunts. This allows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to mail follow-up surveys to the appropriate hunters. For example, most surveys about dove harvest are sent to hunters who usually hunt doves, while most waterfowl harvest surveys are sent to hunters who usually hunt ducks and/or geese.

If a hunter’s name is one of the few selected for the national harvest survey, they will be asked to voluntarily complete a detailed survey about their harvest during this year’s hunting season. They will receive a hunting record form and will be asked to keep a record of the number of migratory birds they harvest during the season. They will also be given an addressed, postage-paid envelope to return their hunting form at the end of the season. Responses from hunters who choose to participate will be kept strictly confidential and will not be used for any other purpose. As soon as the survey is completed, the Service will destroy all hunter names and address records. This survey provides the information used to develop nationwide harvest estimates.

Reminder: different states have different methods for collecting the information and signing up hunters into the HIP program. Hunters are reminded that if planning to hunt migratory game birds in other states, they must be HIP-registered with each state.