Captive Game Bird and Waterfowl Frequently Asked Questions
I am having problems with waterfowl on my property.
If you’re having problems with waterfowl, such as coots, ducks, and geese, please see our section on Depredation.
I am interested in keeping captive-bred Waterfowl
What species are considered Waterfowl?
Any birds from the family Anatidae, including swans, geese, and ducks.
Can I take waterfowl from the wild?
Do I need a permit to keep captive-reared waterfowl?
NO. Anybody can lawfully keep and transport captive-reared waterfowl (alive or dead, including eggs) without a permit as long as:
Do I need a permit to sell or dispose of captive-reared waterfowl?
Yes. You need a Waterfowl Sale and Disposal Permit.
I am interested in keeping Game Birds
What species are considered Game Birds?
Can I take game birds from the wild?
Do I need a permit to have captive-reared game birds?
Yes. If you wish to do anything with Game Birds, you need a Special Purpose - Game Bird Permit.
What is the Application Process?
What permit types are available?
How do I apply?
What is the fee?
Waterfowl Sale and Disposal - $75 (no amendment fee)
What else do I need?
How long is the permit good for?
Waterfowl Sale and Disposal permits are good for 5 years. Special Purpose Game Bird permits are good for 3 years.
How do I submit an annual report?
Annual reports are needed for each year your permit is valid, EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO ACTIVITY DURING THE YEAR. Waterfowl Sale and Disposal Annual Report and Special Purpose - Game Bird Annual Report forms are available online but will be mailed to you as well.
How do I renew my permit?
A renewal letter will be sent to you informing you that your permit will expire soon. If you do not receive this letter or want to renew prior to receiving the letter, you may submit a general renewal form.
I’ve applied for a renewal, but haven’t received anything and my permit has expired.
If you’ve submitted a renewal application prior to the expiration of your permit, you are authorized to continue the permitted activities. Please keep a copy of your renewal letter and renewal application with your permit. We will process your renewal as quickly as possible.
I need to change something on my permit.
You may amend your permit at any time. Please submit a written request for the amendment and any supporting documentation. Follow the application check list and submit any information relevant to the change requested.
Waterfowl and Game Birds
All captive waterfowl and game birds (including progeny) must be marked prior to 6 weeks of age.
How do I transfer birds to another person?
Complete and submit a Form 3-186 Notice of Waterfowl Sale or Transfer. For Waterfowl, only the seller needs a Waterfowl Sale and Disposal permit. For Game Birds, both the seller and the buyer need a Special Purpose - Game Bird permit.
Nene Geese are an endangered species protected under the Endangered Species Act as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. If you are transferring Nene Geese between states, you will need an Interstate Commerce permit. This is necessary for live or dead geese. A permit can be obtained by applying to Region 1 Ecological Services (503-231-2071 or permitsR1ES@fws.gov).
If you are interested in exporting or importing Nene Geese from another country, you will need a permit from the Division of Management Authority (703-358-2104 or 1-800-358-2104)
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June 5, 2014