Last updated April 2023
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Phone (800) 858-1549
Ask to speak to staffer handling scientific collecting permits
Is a state permit required for banding?
Yes. The regulation (below) states “(2) “Collected”, “Collecting”, or “Collection” means any sampling activity that removes, even temporarily, any protected wildlife from the wild in Kentucky.”
Permit application forms
- Application Form
- Proposal Form (required for birds)
- Renewal – same form
- Threatened and Endangered – required for research involving federally listed threatened or endangered species
- Salvage – same form
Check permit conditions. As a matter of good practice, it is always a good idea to consult the land owner or manager before working in a particular location, so as to avoid conflicts with management activities, prior scheduled uses of the property, with the general public, and to assure the safety of the researcher and field assistants.