State permit policies & procedures
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Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division http://georgiawildlife.dnr.state.ga.us/
Scientific collecting, generally: http://georgiawildlife.dnr.state.ga.us/documentdetail.aspx?docid=1&pageid=3&category=default
Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Division
Special Permit Unit
2065 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.
Social Circle, Georgia 30025
Phone: (770) 761-3044
Is a permit required for banding?
The statutes, known as the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.
§ 27-1-28) expressly provides that, “Except as otherwise provided by
law, rule, or regulation, it shall be unlawful to hunt, trap, fish,
take, possess, or transport any nongame species of wildlife…”
Take is defined as, “(71) "Taking" means killing, capturing,
destroying, catching, or seizing.” O.C.G.A. § 27-1-28 (71). The terms
“collecting” and “scientific collecting” are not defined.
As marking requires capture, and as banding/marking is not expressly exempted, it appears that
a permit is required for banding.
Permit application forms
Use same form.
Prior noticeRegion or District Law Enforcement office, along
with Game Management, Fisheries Management, or the U.S. Forest Service,
if applicable, in each area of collection must be notified at least
three (3) days in advance of the date and place of specimens are to be
collected, the species to be collected, methods of collection, and
O.C.G.A. § 27-2-12. Scientific Collecting Permit.
shall be unlawful for any person to take, possess, or transport any of
the wildlife of this
state, or the plumage, skin, or body thereof, or the nests or eggs of
the same for scientific purposes without obtaining a scientific
collecting permit and complying with this Code Section.
(b) Application for a scientific collecting permit must be made on
forms obtained from the
Department and must be accompanied by the permit fee as provided for in
Code Section 27-2-3 and a project proposal containing the justification
for and an outline of the proposed collecting activities.
(c) The Department shall issue such a permit only if it has determined
that the proposed collecting activities are in the best interest of the
wildlife resources. In making such a determination, the Department
shall consider the following:
(1) Whether there is a need for the information or data;
(2) Whether the proposed collecting activities would duplicate sound research previously
(3) Whether there would be benefit to the species or population being studied;
(4) Whether the project would be detrimental to the particular wildlife population or
associated populations or to the habitat of the wildlife; and
(5) Whether the project is of reasonably sound design.
(d) Based on the conditions outlined in subsection (c) of this Code
section, such permit may
contain conditions on the number and type of wildlife to be collected,
the dates and locations of collecting, and the type of gear which may
be used. Notwithstanding any other provision of this title to the
contrary, the department may authorize the use of baskets, nets,
seines, traps, chemicals, and electrical devices for purposes of
collecting pursuant to this Code section.
(e) Persons issued a scientific collecting permit shall treat all
wildlife humanely and shall notify the Department at least three days
in advance of the date of collecting. Such persons shall also submit to
the Department reports detailing the information or data obtained from
such collecting activities. The reports shall be submitted by the
following March 31 or within 60 days after collecting, whichever is
(f) Permits may be denied, revoked, or not renewed in accordance with
the procedures outlined in Code Section 27-2-25 for the reasons
outlined in said Coed Section or for any of the following reasons:
(1) Violation of specific conditions listed on the permit;
(2) Excessive collection of wildlife;
(3) Submitting false information;
(4) Failure to maintain records;
(5) Failure to notify the department within three days of collecting activities;
(6) Inhumane treatment of wildlife; or
(7) Any other violation of this Code Section or the regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.
391-4-9-.01 Scientific Collecting Permits. Amended.
(1) Purpose. The purpose of this rule is to establish administrative
procedures to be followed by applicants and/or holders of scientific
collecting permits and to discourage excessive duplication of effort
and reduce excessive collecting.
(2) Definition. Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the
following terms as used in this rule shall have the following meanings:
(a) "Collection report" means a summary, prepared by the permittee, which details
collections of the previous year and includes data on species collected, dates, numbers,
methods, locations, and disposition of specimens;
(b) "Master permittee" means a person to whom a scientific collecting permit has been
issued, which allows him to authorize students, assistants, aides, employees, or field
workers to assist with collections under his supervision;
(c) "Project proposal" means a document which outlines proposed research activities that
require scientific collecting permits and justifies the need for scientific collecting. The
project proposal shall explain specific objectives, methods, locations, frequency of
collection, number of individuals needed, and the planned disposition of specimens to be
(d) "Scientific Collecting Permit" means a permit which authorizes one to take, possess,
capture, kill, ship or transport any of the wildlife of this State, or the plumage, or the skin
or body thereof, or the nest or eggs of the same for Scientific purposes according to the
rules and regulations promulgated by the Department of Natural Resources;
(e) "Special purpose permit" means a permit that grants privileges beyond that of a
scientific collecting permit, i.e., possession of specimens for longer than sixty days
following expiration of the scientific collecting permit;
(f) "Sub-permittee" means a student, assistant, aide, employee, or field worker who is
working under the supervision of and is authorized to collect wildlife by the master
(3) Application for Permit.
(a) A specific request must be made for the issuance of a master permit. Applicants must
clearly justify their need for a master permit.
(b) Unless otherwise specified on the permit, scientific collecting permits shall be
effective from April 1 through March 31.
(c) Student collectors must submit a proposal and a written and signed endorsement
thereof by their major professor.
(d) A fee of $50.00 per permit must accompany the application. Payment must be made
by certified check or money order made payable to the Department of Natural Resources.
(e) A collection report detailing the previous year's collection activities is required with
any renewal application.
(4) Use of Permit.
(a) Permittee and subpermittees must have their permit in possession while collecting.
Permits are nontransferable, except that a master permittee may designate students,
assistants, aides, employees, or field workers assistants in collecting. All such
subpermittees must have on their person a copy of the master permit and a letter of
authorization issued by the master permittee to them. The master permittee shall be
responsible for any violations by any such subpermittee and shall be responsible for
maintaining all records.
(b) Instructors whose class members are directed to collect wildlife are responsible for
assuring that only a representative sample of animals are retained and sacrificed for class
(c) All specimens retained must be humanely cared for. All collectors are expected to use
good judgement when exercising the privileges of their collecting permit. Collectors
should be as prudent and humane as possible in collecting and capture activities.
(d) District Law Enforcement of the Department of Natural Resources in each area of
collection must be notified at least three (3) days in advance of the date and place
specimens are to be collected, the species to be collected, the method of collection and
the permit number.
(5) Disposition of Specimens. In order to ensure the maximum use of all
under the auspices of a scientific collecting permit, the disposition
of the wildlife, their carcasses, parts, products, or progeny thereof
shall be as follows:
(a) Live, uninjured and unimpaired specimens which could reasonably be expected to
survive in the wild, shall be returned to the location of capture and released. Records of
such releases shall be indicated on the scientific collection report.
(b) All other specimens taken and possessed under authorization of a scientific collection
permit must be donated and transferred to a public, scientific, or educational institution
within sixty (60) days following expiration of the permit, unless the permittee has been
issued a special purpose permit authorizing possession for a longer period of time.
Specimens not suitable for donation must be destroyed. Edible specimens shall be
donated to a charitable institution and a receipt obtained. Receipts must be attached to
annual collection report.
(a) A collection report detailing the previous year's collecting activities must be
submitted with any request for renewal of a permit. Individuals not renewing a permit
must submit a report by March 31, or within sixty (60) days after collecting, whichever is
later. Data should be provided on species collected, dates, location, and disposition of
(b) A listing of all publications, research papers, theses, progress reports, etc., derived
from the study of such collections, shall be submitted with the annual collection report.
Copies of such materials shall be made available to the Department of Natural Resources
(7) State parks, municipal parks, public museums, public zoological
parks, and public scientific or educational institutions may possess
lawfully acquired wildlife without a permit, provided the wildlife may
be acquired only from persons authorized by this paragraph; or persons
authorized by permit from this Department; or from Federal or State
game authorities by the gift of seized, condemned, or sick or injured
wildlife; or through salvage of wildlife which have been killed as the
result of an unintentional accident or an act of nature; and also
provided that it shall be unlawful to possess migratory birds without
authorization from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.