FAQ: Glossary

Confirmation Number
Each transaction completed online with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks receives a confirmation number that serves as proof of payment as well as a tool for record-tracking.
Confirmation Number (CIN)
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks keeps track of each hunter and angler by assigning customer information numbers, identical to each individual's Driver's License number.
Fulfillment Fee
This fee covers the Valeron document, printing, document insertion and postal fees.
Harvest Information Program (HIP) Survey
Participation in the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) and evidence of the participation is now required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to hunt migratory birds in Mississippi. The purpose of your participation in the program is so that, with your help, we can continue to protect migratory game birds and assure future hunting.
Harvest Survey
The Harvest Survey is a questionnaire managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks for those persons who hunt in the state. It tracks different species of animals hunted. The survey is used by our Wildlife Bureau to conduct "opinion surveys" from selected hunters, regarding a particular species hunting during a season.
Hunter Education
The Hunter Education program is sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. It is designed to help reduce hunting accidents, and enrich a person's knowledge of the outdoors by teaching hunting ethics and responsibility, wildlife conservation and hunting equipment safety. Courses offered include the basic Hunter Education course and the Bowhunter Education course. The courses are a minimum of ten hours in length. They are available to all persons at no charge. To pass the course, a person must attend all course hours, score 70% or better on an exam and demonstrate responsible practices when handling hunting equipment.
Hunter Education Number
Anyone born on or after January 1, 1972, is required to complete an approved Hunter Education course prior to purchasing a hunting license on his/her 16th birthday. Also effective July 1, 2000, anyone twelve (12) years of age and under sixteen (16) years of age must have a certificate of satisfactory completion of a Hunter Education course approved by the department before hunting in the state of Mississippi. Completion of this course will provide a certificate number which must be presented each time a license is purchased. Anyone under the age of twelve (12) must be in the presence of and under the direct supervision of a licensed or exempt hunter at least twenty-one (21) years of age when the child is hunting. For more information, please call 1-800-354-5033.
Temporary Authorization Number (TAN)
This is a temporary authorization number formatted by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, containing special check digits used for verification and issued as a temporary license to the buyer until he/she has received his/her permanent license. This TAN number must be carried on person while hunting until original license is received.

Back to Top