Last updated July 2020

Link to state website


Investigator Russell Boles
Phone: 615-934-7505

Is a state permit needed for banding?

Yes, the statute includes capture.

Permit application forms

  • Online application Form (must register first)
  • Renewal – same form
  • Threatened and Endangered – same form
  • Salvage – same form

State lands

Anyone wishing to collect biological or geological materials, or air or water samples, or install research equipment on State Park or Designated State Natural Area land must obtain a scientific research and collecting permit from the Resource Management Division. If the collections are to include animals, or if any one wishes to collect on a Wildlife Management Area, a separate permit must be obtained from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Prior notice

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.


Tennesse Code Annotated (Statute)

70-2-213. Permits for scientific purposes — Reports required — Penalty for violation. —
(a)  The executive director has the power, at the executive director’s discretion, to grant permission, under the executive director’s seal, to any reliable person to take, capture and transport in Tennessee, wild birds, and nests and eggs of wild birds, and wild animals and fish, when taken and used for purely scientific purposes. The permit so issued shall continue in force for one (1) year after the date of issue and shall specify the number of any species to be taken under the permit.

(b)  Each person receiving a permit under the provisions of this section shall report to the wildlife resources agency on blanks furnished by it, at or before the expiration of such permit, the number and disposition of the collections made under the permit.

(c)  Any person taking any wildlife in violation of the provisions of this section, or of the permit held by that person, shall be, upon conviction, fined not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100) and the permit held by that person shall become void.

Tennessee state endangered species

TN Administrative Code Chapter 1660-01-32-02. Threatened and Endangered Species List and Rules.  


Bachman’s Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis)


Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)
Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera)