Last updated July 2020
Mark D. Howery
Wildlife Diversity Biologist
Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife Conservation
1801 N. Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 424-2728
Is a state permit required for banding?
Yes. No separate banding application; it is covered by the scientific collecting permit.
Permit application forms
- Application Form
- Renewal – same form
- Threatened and Endangered – Oklahoma has no state-listed birds
- Salvage – same form. Indicate that you plan to salvage
Included on the application form.
Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or with the owner of private land before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not adversely affect public use of the land or with the activities of private landowners.
Policies and Procedures
Oklahoma Administrative Code
Title 800 Department of Wildlife Conservation
Chapter 25 Wildlife Rules
Subchapter 26 Scientific Collector Permits
The purpose of this Subchapter is to establish application procedures for obtaining a permit for the collection of fish and wildlife species for scientific purposes.
800:25-26-2. Application and fees
(a) Anyone sampling or collecting fish or wildlife, or their nests or eggs for scientific purposes, must first have authorization from the Department. A fee will be charged to cover the costs of processing and handling the issuance of the permit. The issuance of a scientific collector permit shall constitute written authority from the Department for such collection activities.
(b) The following are the procedures for obtaining a scientific collector permit
(1) Applications may be obtained by contacting the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation at P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, 73152 or by appearance at Department Headquarters, 1801 N. Lincoln Blvd.
(2) The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from at least one well-known scientist, or from any well-known scientific institution, who will vouch for the applicant’s integrity and character. The letter must contain a brief statement about the purpose of the project.
(3) Permits expire at the end of each calendar year. A new application must be filed each time an applicant applies for a permit. A letter of recommendation may be required for each application.
(a) The permit holder must submit a report listing all fish and wildlife collected within thirty (30) days of the end of the calendar year.
(b) Failure to submit a report, even if no fish or wildlife were collected, is cause for revoking the permit. No renewals will be issued without receipt of completed report forms.
800:25-19-3. Criteria to determine classification of wildlife
Oklahoma state endangered species law
Oklahoma Administrative Code
Title 800 – Department of Wildlife Conservation
Chapter 25 – Wildlife Rules
Subchapter 19 – Oklahoma Endangered Species
No bird species are classified as threatened or endangered under Oklahoma state law.