Migratory Bird Hunting

As a migratory bird hunter, you are contributing to a proud tradition of wildlife conservation. When you buy ammunition, participate in a Harvest Information Program survey, or purchase a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp), you are helping the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service protect waterfowl and other migratory birds for generations to come.   As the lead agency charged with managing migratory birds under international treaties, the Service works closely with many partners, including sportsmen’s groups and state agencies, to achieve their goals.

Revenues from hunting licenses, Duck Stamps, and excise taxeson hunting-related equipment have funded wildlife research, management, and habitat acquisition since the early 20th century.

Hunting has a significant impact on the U.S. economy. According to the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated RecreationPreliminary Findings, 11.5 million people 16 years old and older enjoyed hunting a variety of animals within the United States. Hunting expenditures totaled $25.6 billion. The Economic Impact of Waterfowl Hunting in the United States, an addendum to the 2011 National Survey, reports that waterfowl hunters spent $663 million on trip expenditures and $699 million on equipment expenditures in 2011.

The links on this site will lead you to information on how hunting seasons are set and the current regulations, how surveys are conducted, where to get licenses, Harvest Information Programregistrations, Federal Duck Stamps, and a wide variety of other information of interest to the migratory bird hunter.


Harvest Information Program (HIP)Diary SurveysParts (Wing) Collection Survey Request More Forms or EnvelopesReports & Publications


Where your Duck Stamp dollars go Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson)Mentoring the Next Generation


Bird & Wing ID Local Weather Scouting & Hunting Tips I need a State LicenseMigratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP)I need a Federal Duck StampWhere is My E-stamp?Flyway BoundariesApproved Nontoxic Shot


How are Hunting Regulations & Seasons Set?FrameworksLaws & Legislation Subsistence harvestLists of Managed SpeciesAdaptive Harvest Management


Reporting Banded BirdsHow We Use Banding DataReward Bands


WaterfowlDoves and PigeonsAmerican WoodcockMarsh BirdsSandhill Crane


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