Just another Tax!!! $5.13 over the phone, $2.00 over the counter E mail came today.
Following is information regarding changes in the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). The information can also be found at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/hipprog.htm .
All licensed migratory bird hunters (those hunting ducks, geese, brant, coot, woodcock, rails, snipe or gallinules) must purchase a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certificate. The web site and toll-free number previously used for HIP certification in New Jersey are no longer available. With the implementation of the new Integrated Electronic Licensing System (IELS), all HIP registrations are now handled through the online system administered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife's contractor, Automated Licensing Systems (ALS).
Migratory bird hunters can get their HIP certification three different ways, all of which allow hunting immediately:
* Online by visiting our license sales web site, www.wildlifelicense.com/nj/
* By calling the toll-free NJ telephone sales line at 888-277-2015, or
* At any agent using the new IELS system. A list of license agents that are currently equipped with the IELS system can be found at www.njfishandwildlife.com/agentlst.htm. (See NOTE below.)
Hunters must have proof of HIP certification while hunting migratory birds, be it a HIP certification printed on the new durable green license stock (DO NOT LAMINATE), a HIP certification printed on a home-computer, or a transaction number obtained over the phone. This proof of certification should be carried in the hunter's license holder.
Waterfowl Research Project staff use HIP Certifications to draw a sample of hunters for harvest surveys. The Parts Collection Survey uses wings to derive the species, age and sex of the birds in the waterfowl harvest.
There is a $2.00 fee for HIP certification. This fee is merely to cover the cost of administering this federally mandated program, which is only partially paid for by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Those obtaining their HIP certification at an agent will receive a HIP certificate on the durable green license stock (DO NOT LAMINATE) now being used and can go hunting immediately. Hunters can print their certification on a home printer and go hunting immediately. Hunters will be able to return at a later date and get a free reprint if the original gets damaged or lost.
HIP certification obtained by calling the toll-free NJ telephone sales line will cost $5.13 ($2.00 + $3.13 ALS shipping/handling fee). The HIP certification will be printed by ALS on the new durable green license stock and mailed. Hunters will be issued a temporary certification number that allows hunting immediately and can expect to receive their permanent certification document in 7-10 days.
The HIP certification being issued now is valid from Sept. 1, 2006 to March 10, 2007. For migratory bird hunting regulations see the information linked from the Regulations page.
All information collected through the program is kept confidential and is used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct migratory bird harvest surveys. As it has done previously, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also mail harvest surveys to a small, random group of HIP registrants.
NOTE: A small number of IELS agents may not be able to issue HIP certificates so it is advisable to call ahead.
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