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Eagle Falconry

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On October 8, 2008, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service published revised falconry rules that changed a number of provisions for falconry in the United States. The biggest change in the revised rules, which apply to Washington State, Oregon, and Idaho, among other states, is that the Federal Government now recognizes state, tribal, and territory falconer permits and no longer issues its own falconry permits.

Golden Eagle Falconry

Golden eagles are the only eagle permitted for use in falconry in the United States. Due to rule changes in 2008, it is no longer necessary to get a federal permit to possess and transport golden eagles in Washinton State, Oregon, and Idaho, among other states. Permits issued by the State Government, tribe, or territory in these states will be recognized by the Federal Government. Below you will find resources related to the rule change.

Falconry rule FAQ

Full text of the final falconry rule

Golden Eagle Falconer Registration

Although the Federal Government no longer issues falconry permits for golden eagles, it is still required that falconders register with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, as the agency does track take, loss, and transfer of birds held for falconry, including golden eagles. Below you will find resources for registering.

Falconer online registration

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Bald Eagle Falconry

Bald eagle falconry is not permitted as it is illegal for individuals to possess bald eagles for personal use.

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Last Updated: July 16, 2014
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