Eagle Permits

Falconers in possession of an Eagle Permit may possess up to 3 eagles of the following species: golden eagle, white-tailed eagle, or Steller's sea eagle.  Falconers may not possess bald eagles under this permit.  The eagles count toward the raptor possession limit under their falconry permit.

Requirements for an Eagle Permit:

  • Only Master Falconers in good standing may apply for an Eagle Permit
  • A MN DNR Eagle Permit Application must be submitted
  • Documentation must be submitted and verified demonstrating
    • the applicant's experience in handling large raptors, including
    • information about the species they have handled and
    • the type and duration of the activity in which they gained the experience.
  • The applicant must submit at least two letters of reference from people with experience handling and/or flying large raptors such as eagles, ferruginous hawks, goshawks (Accipiter gentilis), or great horned owls (Bubo virginianus). 
    • Each letter must contain a concise history of the author's experience with large raptors, which can include, but is not limited to, handling of raptors held by zoos, rehabilitating large raptors, or scientific studies involving large raptors.
    • Each letter must assess the applicant's ability to care for eagles and fly them in falconry.


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.