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Hunters can register for Nebraska HIP program Aug. 1

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Hunters may register for the Harvest Information Program (HIP) beginning Aug. 1, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

HIP, which is required by federal regulation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, helps wildlife managers estimate the number of migratory birds harvested each year. Those estimates help biologists set limits and seasons.

HIP registration is required of Nebraska residents age 16 and older and all nonresidents who plan to hunt migratory game birds between Aug. 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011. These birds are dove, ducks, geese, snipe, rail, coots and woodcock.

Register for the free program online at http://nehip.com/ or by telephone tollfree at (877)634-8687. Registered hunters are assigned a number that they must carry with them while hunting.

Among those who must register in Nebraska are hunters registered in another state and holders of lifetime, senior, veteran and deployed military permits. Hunting permits may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org.

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