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Iowa Duck, Goose and Dove Hunters Now Required to Register with HIP

Submitted by:  TBC Press
Posted on: 12/16/21
News # 14678
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The change was necessitated because registering through license vendors at the time of purchase has been inconsistent. Deer, turkey, and upland game hunters are not required to register for HIP and do not need to take the survey or record a confirmation number. Registering for HIP can be done later, if the hunter changes their mind.

Licenses are available at 700 locations across the state, and on the DNR website at

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Licenses purchased for 2021 expire on Jan. 10.


As of Dec. 15, Iowa hunters who purchase a 2022 license and plan to pursue migratory game birds will be required to register for Harvest Information Program (HIP) either through the Go Outdoors Iowa app on their smartphone, through a link at or at and answering the questions. Migratory game birds mean more than ducks and geese; it includes ducks, geese, coots, doves, woodcock, rails, and snipe.

Once registered, hunters will need to physically write a confirmation number on the line provided at the top of the license as proof of registration. The HIP registration can be found in the GoOutdoorsIowa mobile app by clicking on the purchase license button, and then logging in to your account. Registering for HIP is a federal requirement for all migratory bird hunters.