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Harvest Information Program (HIP)
Harvest Information Program (HIP)
Sharp-tailed Grouse

Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides guidance on Harvest Information Program registration

The Harvest Information Program (HIP) will remain consistent for the 2020-21 seasons. Online sign ups will continue through the current Colorado HIP website.

The 2020-21 HIP registration process is open. Sign up for your HIP number online or use the live operator service at 1-866-265-6447.

Are You HIP?

Wood duck pair standing on log. Credit USFWS.HIP, the Harvest Information Program, is a joint USFWS/CPW program designed to improve small game and migratory bird harvest estimates. In 1998, state wildlife agencies asked the USFWS (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) to develop a nationwide sign up program for all migratory bird hunters. State biologists were concerned that federal harvest estimates were not providing adequate harvest information using the traditional survey methodology. Colorado requires all small game hunters to sign up with HIP, to help Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) better estimate harvest for species that are difficult to address through a general small game survey.

HIP for the 2020-2021 Season

Currently, you may sign up online by going to the Colorado HIP website. Please write your 2020-21 HIP number in the space provided on your license. Make phone registrations by calling and speaking with a live operator, 24 hours a day, at 1-866-COLOHIP (265-6447).

Hunters who do not have a HIP number may be warned and then ticketed for non-compliance with the program. The fine is $70.52  and, in addition, 5 points will be assessed against your hunting privileges.

  • If you will hunt small game (including migratory birds and furbearers) in Colorado during the 2020-21 seasons, you must get a HIP number before hunting.

  • If you will not hunt small game (including migratory birds) in Colorado during the 2020-21 season, you do not need to participate in HIP.

  • Spring turkey hunters do not need to get a HIP number.

  • Annually, on April 1, a new HIP season begins.​ Hunters cannot get a 2021-22 HIP number until midnight, April 1. 

Hunters planning to use their small game license to hunt or trap (not just as a qualifying license for the big game draw) will need to obtain their 2020 HIP number through the Colorado HIP website or by calling and speaking with a live operator, 24 hours a day, at 1-866-COLOHIP (265-6447) before they can legally hunt. Although 2020 small game licenses go on sale March 1, HIP numbers for 2020 will not be available until April 1.​

Waterfowl and Sandhill Crane Hunters

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS), Division of Migratory Management, has posted important information to help reduce the likelihood of shooting illegally at migratory birds that may look like sandhill cranes. Please visit the USFWS website to review this important information before venturing in to the field.

Furbearer Hunters

CPW asks hunters who harvest furbearers to pay close attention when registering with HIP. Information will be collected through HIP and furbearer hunters will be asked specifically if they intend to harvest swift fox, gray fox or pine martens. This data will be used to conduct surveys and gain a better understanding of the number of these types of animals that are harvested each year. The efforts to closely track furbearer harvest will help CPW biologists maintain self-sustaining furbearer populations and allow CPW to continue to provide hunters with diverse opportunities for recreational harvest and the state's fur harvesters will enjoy greater collaboration with CPW.

As another aid to tracking harvest numbers, the Fur Harvester Log is available to hunters. Fur harvesters may photocopy or print multiple copies of this form to record their hunts and harvests throughout each season.