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State permit policies & procedures

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Andrea Daniel
Arkansas Game and Fish Comission
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501-223-6359
fax 223 6461

Is a permit required for banding?

Yes. The permit application specifically includes released at point of capture and released with mark/tag. In addition, the Arkansas regulations define take as: “TAKE - To shoot, kill, injure, trap, net, snare, spear, catch, capture or reduce to possession.”

Permit application form

  • Application Form
    Or download here
  • Renewal
    No separate form
    Permit Renewal: Permits are not technically renewable, as they must be reviewed by staff for each period. However, consecutive permits can be requested with a completed application form noting the number of the previous permit. Every effort will be made to process applications to maintain continuous coverage, provided reapplication is made at least thirty (30) days prior to permit expiration. A report of collections up to that point must accompany the request. Collections during the remaining 30-day period should be included in the following year’s report, if “renewal” is granted, or as an addendum submitted within sixty (60) days if permit is not “renewed.”
  • Threatened and Endangered
    See item 7 on application
  • Salvage
    See item 10 on application

State lands

Included if requested

Prior notice

Not to state; just to the land manager where you intend to work


General procedures - download here

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Code of Regulations - Section 15

(A)It shall be unlawful for any person to take wildlife for the purpose of scientific studies without first obtaining a Scientific Collection Permit issued by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
(B) Scientific Collection Permits shall be applied for on a form provided by the Commission.
(C) An approved Scientific Collection Permit shall be in the possession of any person taking wildlife for scientific studies.


(1) Commission employees, in performance of their duties, may take wildlife or fish for scientific purposes

PENALTY: $1,000.00 to $5,000.00per violation.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission - Code of Regulations - Section 14

14.01            TAKING OF BIRDS & EGGS PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful

03-08           to take or attempt to take wild birds or bird eggs.


                      (1)       English Sparrows.

         (2)       Black birds, starlings and crows committing damage to agricultural crops or
       personal property.

                      (3)       Crows as permitted under Commission Code 02.10 (Crow Hunting).

                      (4)       In compliance with Commission Code 15.42 (Falconry).

                      (5)       In compliance with federal regulation: 50 CFR 21.12 (b).

         (6)       Nuisance migratory birds taken in accordance with a permit issued by the
       U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or in accordance with U.S. Fish and Wildlife
       Service regulations.

                      PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.