U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Native American

Southeast Region

Eagle Permits

Bald Eagle.  USFWS photo.

Bald Eagle.   USFWS photo.


Only Native Americans may possess a bald or golden eagle, including its parts (feathers, feet, etc.). The distribution of bald and golden eagles and their parts to Native Americans is authorized by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and regulations found in 50 CFR 22. Qualified (i.e., enrolled members of a federally-recognized tribe) Native Americans wishing to obtain bald or golden eagles or their parts must submit an application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Migratory Bird Permit Office. The completed application is sent to the National Eagle Repository and the order is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Individual requests for whole eagles can take up to three and a half years before one becomes available, while a request for individual feathers may be obtained in just a few months.

To find out more information about obtaining eagles you can contact the Regional Migratory Bird Permit Office or visit the Service Web site at http://permits.fws.gov/mbpermits/birdbasics.html.