Department of Fish and Wildlife
Important changes to the Harvest Information Program when buying certain licenses, permits
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Hunters who plan to purchase certain Kentucky licenses and permits need to be aware of changes in the way users buy these licenses or permits beginning in the 2015 license year.
Previously, hunters who bought a Kentucky Migratory Game Bird – Waterfowl Hunting Permit or a Kentucky Sportsman’s License or a senior/disabled license were asked a series of questions about the previous year’s harvest of migratory game birds such as doves, ducks, geese, woodcock or snipe. These questions comprise the Harvest Information Program or H.I.P.
Now, buyers of these licenses and permits must to go online or make a phone call and fill out the H.I.P. questions before they are legal migratory bird hunters. Only those who plan to hunt migratory birds need to complete the H.I.P. survey.
“The data gleaned from the H.I.P. questions is extremely important,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our department make important species management decisions based on this information. In the past, the Kentucky data suffered from inconsistencies.”
The process is simple and it takes less than five minutes. On the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife webpage at fw.ky.gov, click on the “My Profile” tab on the upper left section of the page. This will bring you to a page that asks for some basic information to confirm your identity. After completing the H.I.P. questions, you will receive a confirmation number that must be written on your hunting license or Kentucky Migratory Game Bird – Waterfowl Hunting Permit.
“This will need to be done before you hunt migratory birds in 2015,” Brunjes said. “Those without Internet access may call the department at 1-800-858-1549 to complete the H.I.P. questions, but we prefer they use the Internet.”
When you purchase licenses and permits online, you are given the option to go to the My Profile page, via a box that appears on the screen. If you buy them from a license vendor or over the phone, you’ll have to go the My Profile page to fill out the H.I.P. questionnaire or call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to complete it.
“Insufficient H.I.P. data means lost opportunity for Kentucky hunters,” Brunjes explained. “With bad data, we have to be more conservative in our harvest estimates because we don’t have the information to back it up.”