Classes of Falconers

Junior Apprentice Class

  • Requirements:
    • Must be at least 12 years old.
    • Must have a sponsor that is a Master or General falconry permit holder with 24 months of experience at the General level. Sponsors may have no more than 3 Apprentices at a time.
    • Must have a parent or legal guardian sign the application and agree to take legal responsibility for the activities of the permittee.
    • Must house the raptor at the legal residence or permitted location of an adult, preferably a parent or legal guardian, who is in possession of a valid falconry permit.
  • May
    • possess only a passage red-tailed hawk;
    • possess only one raptor at a time;  and
    • obtain no more than two raptors for replacement during any season.
  • Must not possess an imprinted raptor or a raptor that was taken from the wild as a nestling.
  • WARNING: If the adult falconry permittee (listed above) is an Apprentice, only one raptor is allowed under either the Junior Apprentice falconry permit or the adult's Apprentice permit, unless the raptor is housed with the sponsor.

Apprentice Class

  • Requirements:
    • Must be at least 16 years old.
    • Must have a sponsor that is a Master falconry permit holder or General falconry permit holder with 24 months of experience at the General level. Sponsors may have no more than 3 Apprentices at a time.
    • Must have a parent or legal guardian sign the application and agree to take legal responsibility for the activities of the permittee if the permittee is under 18 years old.
  • May possess only a passage red-tailed hawk.
    • EXCEPTION: If the Apprentice permittee has two seasons of experience, and their sponsor approves, they may take and possess any raptor allowed for an Apprentice class falconer under federal regulations and under part 6238.1200, subpart 16.
  • May
    • possess only one raptor at a time; and
    • obtain no more than two raptors for replacement during any season.
  • Must not possess an imprinted raptor or a raptor that was taken from the wild as a nestling.

General Class

  • Requirements:
    • Must be at least 18 years old.
    • Requires a minimum of 24 months as a Junior Apprentice and/or Apprentice, two seasons of experience (four months each season must be during the hunting season) as a Junior Apprentice and/or Apprentice class permit holder, and approval from their sponsor.
    • See the "Falconry Class Upgrade" page for more detailed information regarding the upgrade requirements.
  • Must not
    • possess more than two raptor; or
    • obtain more than two wild raptors for replacement during any season.
  • May take and possess any raptor allowed under federal regulations and under part 6238.1200, subpart 16, except the permittee must not:
    • possess, take, or transport a bald eagle, white-tailed eagle, Stellar's sea-eagle, or golden eagle; or
    • possess, take, or transport any species listed as threatened or endangered under state or federal regulations.
  • May
    • possess captive-bred raptors and hybrids; and
    • take eyases (young raptors not capable of sustained flight) from the nest

Master Class

  • Requirements:
    • Must be at least 18 years old.
    • Requires a minimum of 60 months as a General and five seasons of experience (four months each season must be during the hunting season) as an General class permit holder.
    • See the "Falconry Class Upgrade" page for more detailed information regarding the upgrade requirements.
  • Must not
    • possess more than five raptors under their falconry permit except as authorized under an abatement permit;
    • obtain more than two wild raptors for replacement during any season; or
    • possess more than three wild raptors at any time.
  • May take and possess any raptor allowed under federal regulations and under part 6238.1200, subpart 16, except the permittee must not:
    • possess, take, or transport white-tailed eagle, Stellar's sea-eagle, or golden eagle unless authorized in writing according to appropriate federal regulations and approved by the commissioner;
    • possess, take, or transport a bald eagle;
    • take any species listed as endangered under state or federal regulations, but may transport or possess endangered species according to applicable rules; or
    • take more than one raptor listed as threatened in state or federal regulations, and then only according to applicable state and federal regulations.
  • May
    • possess captive-bred raptors and hybrids;
    • take eyases (young raptors not capable of sustained flight) from the nest; and
    • take, transport, and possess a Golden eagle for falconry if authorized in writing by the DNR and the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

 

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.