Migratory Game Bird Stamps, Permits and Certification
A migratory game bird stamp is required to hunt any migratory game bird, including mourning doves.
A Federal Sandhill Crane Hunting Permit is required to hunt sandhill cranes.
An upland game bird stamp endorsement is required to hunt turkey, quail, pheasant, or chachalacas.
Please report dove leg bands. Please check doves you shoot for leg bands and report them. The bands are very small and easy to overlook. Previous studies indicated two-thirds of banded doves taken by hunters were never reported. High reporting rates maximize return on hunting license dollars spent for needed management information.
Please report bands to the toll-free telephone number 1-800-327-BAND (2263)or on the Internet at: http://www.reportband.gov.
Harvest Information Program (HIP) Requirement for Migratory Game Bird Hunters:
No person shall hunt migratory game birds in this state unless that person is certified in the Harvest Information Program (HIP) in Texas. When you purchase a hunting license, indicate to the license clerk that you intend to hunt migratory game birds and need to be HIP certified by answering a few simple questions.
The letters "HIP" should appear on your license to indicate that you have been HIP certified.