All info updated as of December 2017
Nebraska Game and Fish Commission
2200 N. 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68503
Phone: (402) 471-5419
Is a state permit required for banding?
Nebraska Revised Statutes 37-242.
Take means to harass, wound, hunt, trap, fish, harvest fur, or attempt to harass, wound, hunt, trap, fish, or harvest fur.
Since trapping is considered a form of take, capturing a bird for banding would be covered by the statute on scientific collecting, below, which states, “Permits may be granted by the commission to any properly accredited person to take and collect for strictly scientific….”
Note that the application form expressly includes banding.
Permit application forms
- Application Form (online)
- Renewal – same form
- Threatened and Endangered – same form
- Salvage – same form. Indicate that you plan to salvage
Nebraska Revised Statutes
37-418. Permits for scientific, educational, or private wildlife management purposes; when granted.
Permits may be granted by the commission to any properly accredited person to take and collect for strictly scientific, educational, or private wildlife management purposes any of the fauna hereby protected and their nests, eggs, and spawn. The commission shall adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out this section, including, but not limited to, requirements relating to applications, eligibility, species which may be taken, methods of taking, and reporting.
Nebraska Administrative Code
Title 163. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Chapter 4. Wildlife Regulations
Scientific and Educational Take Permits
The Commission may permit the take and collection of wildlife for strictly scientific or educational purposes, to enhance the conservation and survival of the species, or to substantially augment a scientific body of information.
Permits issued in accordance with 001.07A may permit any act otherwise prohibited by Chapter 4 Wildlife Regulations or Chapter 2 Fisheries Regulations provided such permits will be conditioned as to authorized activities, possession, species, numbers, location and methods of take.
Permits must be carried by the person when engaged in collection or other permit activities. All persons engaged in permit activities must possess a permit. Subpermits may be issued by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to assistants or associates of master permittees.