Falconry

Nongame Wildlife Program


Nonresident Permits

Requirements for Nonresidents of Minnesota to Practice Falconry or Acquire Raptors in Minnesota.

This section applies to a resident of the United States, who is not a Minnesota resident but who has a valid falconry permit from the state, tribe, or territory of the person's residence. While in this state, nonresidents conducting falconry activities must comply with all applicable Minnesota state regulations and federal regulations

  1. Nonresidents described above who moves to Minnesota or who practices falconry in Minnesota for 120 days or more within a given year must obtain a Minnesota falconry permit. The Minnesota permit will be for the same or an equivalent permit class as listed on their falconry permit.  See Falconry Permit Application Requirements 
  2. Nonresidents described above who lives in Minnesota or who practices falconry in Minnesota for less than 120 days within a given year may transport, possess, and use raptors for falconry purposes without obtaining a Minnesota falconry permit. 
  3. Nonresidents described above may acquire, transfer, and sell propagated raptors or their eggs or transfer wild raptors that are not wild Minnesota raptors from or to a person with a falconry or propagation permit issued under this part.  Required raptor reporting forms must be submitted by both parties.
  4. Nonresidents described above must obtain a Nonresident Take Permit to take and possess wild Minnesota raptors:
    1. while in Minnesota; and
    2. to transport or receive wild Minnesota raptors directly from the state of Minnesota.
    3. EXCEPT: A nonresident who has obtained a Minnesota falconry permit does not need a nonresident take permit unless the nonresident is removing a wild Minnesota raptor from the state of Minnesota.

This section applies to a nonresident of the United States or a new resident of the United States, who has a valid  falconry permit from their country of origin.

  1. Nonresidents described above who visit Minnesota may not practice falconry in the state. Federal regulations require states to issue non U.S. Citizens a Temporary Falconry Permit in order to be allowed to practice falconry in the state. Because Temporary Falconry Permits are not offered as part of the Minnesota Falconry Permitting Program, visiting non U.S. Citizens may not practice falconry in Minnesota.  Other states may offer Temporary Falconry Permits to visiting non U.S. Citizens.
  2. Nonresidents described above who plan to practice falconry in Minnesota and have moved to Minnesota or plan to live in Minnesota for 120 days or more within a given year must obtain a Minnesota Falconry permit.  See Falconry Permit Application Requirements 

 

Nonresident Take Permits

  1. To obtain a Nonresident Take Permit, applicants must:
    1. Complete a Nonresident Take Application and submit it and a copy of their current falconry permit to the Falconry Coordinator at heidi.cyr@state.mn.us
    2. Nonresidents must list whether they will be trapping an eyass or passage bird, the species they intend to capture, and in which county they intend to capture raptors.
    3. Requests should be submitted 4-6 weeks prior to any proposed trips to Minnesota for the purpose of taking raptors.
  2. Nonresidents must have a black U.S. Fish and Wildlife Falconry Band, a copy of their Nonresident Take Permit, and a copy of their Falconry Permit in their possession when capturing a raptor.
  3. Nonresidents must submit the required raptor reporting form to the Minnesota Falconry Coordinator, the federal database, and their state's Falconry Coordinator (if required) within 10 days of capture.
  4. Nonresident take permits are valid for up to one year and do not need to be renewed to maintain possession of a wild Minnesota raptor previously transported outside of Minnesota under a valid nonresident take permit.
  5. The Nonresident Take Permittee must submit a summary of the activities conducted under the permit to Falconry Coordinator by January 31 of the following year, even if they did not take a raptor.  Failure to submit the required reporting forms may delay acquisition of future Nonresident Take Permits.

 

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.