National Migratory Bird Harvest Survey
National Migratory Bird Harvest Survey

Frequently Asked Questions

If you cannot find an answer to your question, please contact us about the survey.

  1. We estimate hunter activity and harvest of migratory birds at the state level, by sampling from lists of HIP-registered hunters provided by each state. Therefore, even though many hunters may hunt in more than one state during a season, we can only include the hunting information from the state in which the hunter was selected for a survey.
  2. Although we conduct surveys of 5 different species, or groups of species of migratory birds (waterfowl, dove/pigeon, woodcock, snipe/coot/rail/gallinule, and sandhill crane), each hunter is only selected for one of these surveys in a given state, based on the answers to the HIP questions about their hunting activity the previous year.
  3. We assume the hunting activity and harvest you report is done by one person. We use this information to estimate the total hunting activity and harvest in a state based on the number of hunters registered for HIP in that state. If you report the hunting information from a group hunt, this will inflate our estimates of hunter activity and harvest.
  4. No. The National Migratory Bird Harvest Survey does not currently estimate harvest from conservation or nuisance seasons.
  5. We select hunters for this survey based on their answers to the HIP hunting questions about their hunting activity the previous year. This allows us to estimate hunting activity and harvest with greater precision. Therefore, if you are selected, it is important that you tell us about your hunting activity and harvest, rather than someone else's.
  6. Birds killed as a result of hunting include those not retrieved. When a bird is knocked down and the hunter can’t retrieve it, it may die of its wounds, be killed by a predator, or recover. But, most knocked-down birds probably don’t recover. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a bird was hit, much less if it died. A bird reacting to a near miss may look wounded or it may appear to absorb a hit and keep flying. We ask that you provide us with your best estimate of the number of birds downed and lost.
  7. If you are unable to remember the specific days you hunted or the birds killed on each day, you can choose to enter Season Totals on the survey page instead of logging your daily hunts.
  8. You may register for multiple hunters in your household under a single account, using one email address and password. Once you have registered, each family member may log in and enter their invitation code. All of your surveys will be accessible from the Home page of the account.
  9. Please email us using the form on the right to request your invitation code. We will resend it via email.
  10. During the state HIP registration process, your name or other information may have been recorded incorrectly. If so, you will need to enter this spelling of your name in order to access your survey.
  11. No. We sample specific hunters based on their answers to the HIP hunting questions. Only those hunters contacted with an invitation may participate in the survey, to ensure that the harvest estimates are unbiased and precise.