Last updated July 2020
Missouri Department of Conservation
Attn: Wildlife Collector Permits
P.O. Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180
Phone (573) 522-4115 x 3574
Is a state permit needed for banding?
3 CSR 10-9.430 Bird Banding: This rule authorizes bird banding by persons holding a federal permit. Birds may be livetrapped for banding and released by persons holding a valid federal permit in addition to a Missouri Wildlife Collector’s Permit.
Permit application forms
- Application Form
- Renewal – same form
- Threatened and Endangered – same form
- Salvage – same form. Indicate that you plan to salvage.
Yes. The regulation (below) states, “Advance notification shall be given to the conservation agent or Protection Division regional supervisor in the county or area as to where and when the collecting will be done. ”
Relevant sections of the Missouri Code of State Regulations
3 CSR 10-9.425 Wildlife Collector’s Permit
PURPOSE: This rule establishes a permit under which wildlife may be taken for scientific purposes.
(1) A permit to collect, possess, mount, or preserve wildlife for scientific related purposes.
(A) Wildlife Collector’s Permit for Scientific Purposes. Wildlife collector’s permits
may be granted to an authorized representative of a university, college, school,
incorporated city, state or federal agency, publicly owned zoo, or wildlife or research
organization or other qualified individual; provided, that the collection shall be used
exclusively for scientific, educational or museum purposes. Fee: five dollars ($5).
(B) Wildlife Collector’s Permit for Special Collections of Wildlife. Wildlife collector’s
permits may be issued to professionally qualified individuals who charge a fee for biological studies for specific projects where the potential results are of sufficient public value and interest to justify special collection of
wildlife. Fee: fifty dollars ($50).
(2) General Requirements for Permit Holders. Species and numbers of each to be
collected and collecting methods are limited to those specified on the permit. Advance notification shall be given to the conservation agent or Protection Division regional supervisor in the county or area as to where and when the collecting will be done. The permit holder’s name, address, and wildlife collector’s permit number shall be on all trapping and netting devices. The traps, nets, or other devices used under this permit shall be attended at least daily, or be constantly attended if so stated on the permit. The collected specimens shall be donated to a museum or educational institution or disposed of in accordance with instructions of the department. Wildlife held under a wildlife collector’s permit may be propagated but shall not be sold or exhibited commercially. When holding live specimens, permit holders are required to adhere to wildlife confinement standards set forth in 3 CSR 10-9.220. Wildlife removed from the wild and held in captivity at locations other than the point of capture are not to be returned to the wild unless specifically approved on the permit.
Assistants in the field must be under the direct, in-person supervision of the permit
holder at all times. This permit does not relieve the holder of full compliance with
other provisions of the Code or other state and federal requirements.
(3) The wildlife collector’s permit is not valid until signed by the permit holder. The permit is valid for one (1) year from January 1. The permit holder shall submit a wildlife collector’s permit report to the department within thirty (30) days of the permit’s expiration date. Issuance of permits for the following year shall be conditioned on compliance with this Code, specified conditions of the permit, and receipt of a satisfactory wildlife collector’s permit report. Stream Teams, Discover Nature Schools classes, and department volunteers, working on department authorized programs or wildlife collection projects, are exempt from the requirements of this rule.
3 CSR 10-9.430 Bird Banding
PURPOSE: This rule authorizes bird banding by persons holding a federal permit.
Birds may be livetrapped for banding and released by persons holding a valid federal
permit in addition to a Missouri Wildlife Collector’s Permit.
Bachman’s Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis)
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Greater Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)