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"Nate, what is a HIP permit, and why do I need it?"

Great question! HIP stands for Harvest Information Program. This program is used to estimate hunting activity and harvest of all migratory game birds across the country. This information is very valuable for wildlife managers as it is used to make informed decisions about future hunting seasons and bag limits.

 
All licensed hunters must obtain a HIP permit to pursue ducks, geese, doves, rails, snipe, and sandhill cranes. You need to register for a HIP permit in each state you hunt in. You can get a Wyoming HIP permit from the Game and Fish website.
 
If you are hunting ducks, geese, doves, rails, snipe, and sandhill cranes and over the age of 14 you are also required to have a game bird license and a conservation stamp. In addition, if you are over 16 years of age and hunting ducks, geese, or mergansers you are required to purchase a federal duck stamp.

Nate Huck
Migratory Game Bird Biologist

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