OLYMPIA -- Washington dove hunters preparing for the season opener on Sept.
1 now must purchase a $6 state migratory bird stamp (formerly known as the waterfowl
or duck stamp), in addition to their state hunting license.
The new requirement, for hunters 16 years or age or older, also extends to coot
and snipe hunting which opens with duck season later this fall. Funds from stamp sales
to dove hunters will be dedicated to state habitat enhancement projects for mourning
doves and band-tailed pigeons.
All hunters of migratory birds, including ducks, geese, doves, coots and snipe,
also are now required to complete a federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) survey
when they purchase their state migratory bird stamps.
The new HIP survey consists of questions about past hunting effort and success.
Information from the survey will be used for better federal wildlife management. Prior
federal surveys included only a small number of federal duck stamp buyers and did not
include millions of hunters nation-wide who hunt other game birds. Also, individual
state surveys varied in method and timing and results could not be compiled nationally.
Hunters age 16 and older can fill out their HIP survey forms when they purchase
their state migratory bird stamps at license dealers.
Hunters under age 16 must contact a Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife office to fill out their HIP forms and get their free bird stamps. WDFW regional
offices are located in Mill Creek, Montesano, Vancouver, Yakima, Ephrata and
Waterfowl (duck and goose) hunters are reminded that a $15 federal migratory
waterfowl stamp also is required and can be purchased at post offices and national