Falconry

Nongame Wildlife Program


Flying, Hunting, and Release

A person trapping, transporting, working with, or flying raptors must have their falconry permit or legible copies of their permit in their immediate possession when not at their permitted raptor facilities. 

All applicable state and federal game and fish laws, licenses, permits, and stamps apply for taking game.

Falconry permits do not authorize trespass; all applicable state and federal trespass regulations must be followed.  Special or written permission is not required to fly or release a falconry bird on public lands if it is authorized. However, permittees must comply with all applicable federal, state, tribal, or territorial laws regarding falconry activities, including hunting. Falconry permits do not authorize raptor release or the practice of falconry on public lands if it is prohibited on those lands or on private property without the permission of the landowner or custodian.

Topics in this section include:

  1. Free flight and Transmitter Requirements
  2. Hunting
  3. Release Restrictions

 

1. Free Flight and Transmitter Requirements

2. Hunting

All applicable state and federal game and fish laws, licenses, permits, and stamps apply for taking game.  Please refer to the MN DNR Hunting main page for more information on hunting in Minnesota including the Dates of the Hunting Seasons and Current Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Booklet to verify hunting seasons and bag limits.

Falconry specific regulations:

 

3. Release Restrictions

Hybrid raptors and raptor that are not native to Minnesota cannot be released into the wild. 

Captive-bred raptors native to Minnesota cannot be released into the wild (unless direct authorization from the Falconry Coordinator has been received as part of a reintroduction program, in which case an additional permit would be required).

For wild-caught raptors, native to Minnesota that are to be released to the wild, permittees:

 

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.