Falconry

Nongame Wildlife Program


Wild Raptor Take (Capture) and Importing Raptors to Minnesota

Wild Raptor Take (Capture)

  1. Take Time Periods
    1. Eyases
    2. Passage Raptors
  2. Species Restrictions
  3. Trapping
  4. Take and Reporting Requirements
    1. Wild Raptor Transfers
    2. Recapture of Falconry or Propagation Birds
    3. Capture of birds with other banding types, research markings, or transmitters
    4. Falconry birds acquired from a permitted rehabilitator.

Importation

  1. Importing Raptors
    1. Raptors Native to Minnesota
    2. Hybrid Raptors and Raptors not Native to Minnesota

 

Wild Raptor Take (Capture)

A raptor removed from the wild is always considered a wild raptor regardless of how long the bird is held in captivity or whether the bird is transferred to another permittee or permit type (although, it is only considered taken from the wild by the person who originally captured the raptor).

Wild raptors must not be purchased, sold, traded, or bartered; they may only be transferred to another permit or permittee or released.

 

1. Take time periods

A. Eyases:

B. Passage Raptors:

 

2. Species Restrictions

Birds that may be taken from the wild as falconry birds include species in the family Falconidae (examples include peregrine falcon, gyrfalcon, or American kestrel), the great horned owl (Bubo virginianus), or a bird of the family Accipitridae other than the bald eagle (examples include Northern goshawk, Cooper's hawk, or red-tailed hawk).

EXCEPTIONS:

 

3. Trapping

 

4. Take and Reporting Requirements

 

A. Wild Raptor Transfers

The person who takes a bird from the wild must report the take even if he or she promptly transfers the bird to another permittee.

 

B. Recapture of Falconry or Propagation Birds

Any permittee, at any time, may recapture a falconry or propagation bird with a plastic falconry or seamless metal propagation band, a transmitter, or any other item identifying it as a falconry bird, even if they are not authorized to possess the species.

 

C. Capture of birds with other banding types, research markings, or transmitters

Permittees that capture a raptor with any other banding type, research markings, or transmitter attached, must promptly report the band numbers and all other relevant information to the Federal Bird Banding Laboratory at 1-800-327-2263.

 

D. Falconry birds acquired from a permitted rehabilitator

A bird acquired for falconry from a permitted rehabilitator:

 

Importation

A. Importing Raptors Native to Minnesota

Permittees that wish to import raptors native to Minnesota into the state must:

 

B. Importing Hybrid Raptors and Raptors not native to Minnesota

Permittees that wish to import hybrid raptors or raptors not native to Minnesota into the state must:

 

The above information is a brief summary of the state and federal falconry regulations. For complete falconry regulations, consult Minnesota Rules Chapter 6234.0800, Chapter 6238, and Federal Regulations 50-CRF 21.29 and 50-CRF 21.30.