Small Business and Other Small Entities
Division of Policy and Directives Management
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not provide or administer hunting or fishing permits.
For links to State-specific permit processes for hunting and fishing, see: http://permits.fws.gov/
International Export/Import
If you want information on how to obtain a permit, including an international import/export permit, or if you have a question or concern about a permit or the permit process, visit the FWS Permit website at: http://permits.fws.gov
For general permit questions (non export/import-related), e-mail permits@fws.gov
For import/export permits questions, e-mail ManagementAuthority@fws.gov
Links to export/import permit categories, including printable permit forms and fact sheets:
Import/export license application:
http://forms.fws.gov/3-200-3.pdf
Designated port exception permit application:
http://forms.fws.gov/3-200-2.pdf
Wildlife Inspectors/Ports Directory: http://www.fws.gov/le/ImpExp/inspectors.htm
Export (moving plants or wildlife out of the United States): http://www.fws.gov/permits/applicationforms/ApplicationE.html#export
Import (Importing plants or animals into the United States. Please note that not all species listed under CITES or ESA require an import permit):
http://www.fws.gov/permits/applicationforms/ApplicationIJK.html
Pet Birds (import and export your pet birds): http://international.fws.gov/permits/pets.html
Sport-hunted trophies (Authorization to import a sport-hunted trophy into the United States): http://international.fws.gov/permits/sporthunted.html
Reissuance/Renewal of permits: http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-52.pdf
Antiques (import and export antiques, Pre-Endangered Species Act, or Pre- Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), including ivory): http://international.fws.gov/permits/antiques.html
A specimen of a species that is “Pre-Act” was made and/or obtained prior to the species being listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and has not been involved in a commercial transaction since that time. A specimen of a species that is “Pre-CITES” was made and/or obtained prior to the species being protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
Birds (importing birds under the Wild Bird Conservation Act (WBCA)):
http://www.fws.gov/permits/applicationforms/ApplicationWXYZ.html#WBCA
Bringing game birds home from Canada: http://www.fws.gov/le/HuntFish/bird_hunt_canada.htm
Scientific and Museum (import and export scientific and museum specimens):
http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-40.pdf
Plants (Import or export of plants): http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-36.pdf
Traveling Animal Exhibitions and Circuses: To import or export traveling animal exhibitions and circuses, see http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-30.pdf
Marine Mammals and Fish: To import, export, or display marine mammals, and to collect species in international waters (introduction from the sea/CITES), see http://www.fws.gov/permits/applicationforms/ApplicationLM.html
Injurious Wildlife: To move, including importing or exporting, animals that are considered to be potential causes of health impacts to human beings, wildlife, or natural resources (agriculture, horticulture, and forestry), see
http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-42.pdf
CITES Export/Re-Export permit application for the export of skins/products of six native species (bobcat, lynx, river otter, Alaskan gray wolf, Alaskan brown bear, and American alligator): http://forms.fws.gov/3-200-26.pdf
Directory of CITES or CITES-equivalent Permit Issuing (Management) Authorities and Scientific Authorities: http://www.cites.org/common/com/PC/12/X-PC12-06-03.doc
CITES Permits and Certificates factsheet: http://library.fws.gov/IA_Pubs/CITES_permits-certs.pdf
Facts about Federal Wildlife Laws—Guide to Federal laws on importing, exporting, trading, and selling wildlife and wildlife parts and products, for tourists, hunters, educators, importers, and exporters in foreign countries: http://training.fws.gov/library/Pubs9/wildlife_laws.pdf
Importing/Exporting—Factsheets on specific species: http://www.fws.gov/international/publications-and-media/fact-sheets.html
How to Import/Export Your Commercial Wildlife Shipment: http://www.fws.gov/le/commercial-wildlife-shipment.html
Transporting animals (wildlife):
http://endangered.fws.gov or http://endangered.fws.gov/permits/index.html
Captive-Bred Wildlife
Captive-Bred Wildlife (CBW) –For information on registering your facility under the CBW registration program, which allows qualified individuals who are breeding non-native animals listed under the ESA to conduct authorized activity within the United States, see http://www.fws.gov/international/DMA_DSA/CITES/pdf/cb.pdf
Hunting, International
See permits, international import, above.
Hunting/Fishing, Domestic
FWS does not provide or administer hunting or fishing permits. For links to State-specific permit processes for hunting and fishing, see: http://permits.fws.gov/
For Fish and Wildlife Management Offices in States, Territories, and Tribal Areas, see
http://offices.fws.gov/statelinks.html
Information on hunting regulations, conservation, and other links: http://hunting.fws.gov/
Information on fishing regulations and other links: http://fishing.fws.gov/
Obtaining or renewing a hunting or fishing license (this is done through through State natural resource agencies): http://faq.fws.gov/licensefaq1.html
Dove Hunting and Baiting Regulations:
http://www.fws.gov/le/hunting.html 

Waterfowl Hunting and Baiting Regulations:
http://www.fws.gov/le/hunting.html

Hunting Rights, Native Americans and Alaska Natives
National Eagle Repository:
 http://www.fws.gov/le/national-eagle-repository.html
Hunting and Use of Polar Bear by Alaska Natives Fact Sheet:
 http://www.fws.gov/le/national-eagle-repository.html
For other questions related to laws pertaining to Native Americans’ harvest or hunting rights, contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs:
 http://www.bia.gov/index.htm
Hunting, Migratory Birds/Duck Stamp
Hunting of migratory game birds is administered through an annual regulatory process that establishes requirements such as open seasons and bag limits. If you want to hunt migratory game birds, or if you have a question or concern about hunting birds, visit the Division of Migratory Bird Management's Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations website: http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/RegulationsPolicies/MGBHR.HTML

If you want to get a Duck Stamp, go to
http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/stamps.htm

Non-hunting Activities with Migratory Birds
Migratory Bird Permits are available for Import/Export, Scientific Collecting, Taxidermy, Waterfowl Sale and Disposal, Game Bird Propagation, Rehabilitation, Education, Eagle Exhibition, Falconry, Raptor Propagation, Depredation Control, Special Canada Goose Permits, Indian Religious Purposes (Eagles), Eagle Falconry, Eagle Depredation Control, Eagle Transport. For information about these permits, see http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/mbpermits.html

--At this site you can find the appropriate form and find the address of your regional permit office, to which you must mail the form. You can also find your regional permit office's address, phone number, and e-mail address at:
http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/mbpermits/addresses.html

If you still have questions, e-mail migratorybirds@fws.gov

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Last updated: January 15, 2013

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