State permit policies & procedures
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The Idaho Fish and Game website is here: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/
The website seems to have no information about scientific research permits other than the actual application form.
Rex Sallabanks, Ph.D.
Conservation Sciences Program Manager
Bureau of Wildlife
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Phone (208) 287-2754 (direct)
Phone (208) 334-2920 (office)
Cell (208) 921-6932 (mobile)
Is a permit required for banding?
Yes. The permit application expressly includes a request for authority to band and mark birds.
Permit application form
- Application Form: Available here, or obtain online here
- Renewal: same form
- Threatened and Endangered: same form
- Salvage: same form. Specify in permit application as a “method of capture”
FISH AND GAME
FISH AND GAME COMMISSION
36-106.Director of department of fish and game.
Office of Director Created. The commission shall appoint a director of
the department of fish and game, hereinafter referred to as the
director, who shall be a person with knowledge of, and experience in,
the requirements for the protection, conservation, restoration, and
management of the wildlife resources of the state. The director shall
not hold any other public office, nor any office in any political party
organization, and shall devote his entire time to the service of the
state in the discharge of his official duties, under the direction of
(e) Duties and Powers of Director.
1. The director shall have general supervision and control of all
activities, functions, and employees of the department of fish and
game, under the supervision and direction of the commission, and shall
enforce all the provisions of the laws of the state, and rules and
proclamations of the commission relating to wild animals, birds, and
fish and, further, shall perform all the duties prescribed by section
67-2405, Idaho Code, and other laws of the state not inconsistent with
this act, and shall exercise all necessary powers incident thereto not
specifically conferred on the commission.
5. (A) The director, or any person appointed by him in writing to do
so, may take wildlife of any kind, dead or alive, or import the same,
subject to such conditions, restrictions and rules as he may provide,
for the purpose of inspection, cultivation, propagation, distribution,
scientific or other purposes deemed by him to be of interest to the
fish and game resources of the state.
FISH AND GAME
PROTECTION OF ANIMALS AND BIRDS
36-1102.Protection of birds. (a) Game, Song, Insectivorous, Rodent
Killing, and Innocent Birds Protected. Except for English sparrows and
starlings, no person shall at any time of the year take any game, song,
rodent killing, insectivorous or other innocent bird, except as
provided by commission proclamations promulgated pursuant hereto, or
for any person to intentionally disturb or destroy the eggs or nests of
such birds at any time.
(b) Migratory Birds.
1. No person shall hunt, take or have in possession any migratory birds
except as provided by federal regulations made pursuant to the federal
migratory bird treaty act, as amended, and in accordance with related
rules and proclamations promulgated by the commission.
2. No person subject to the federal migratory bird hunting stamp act
tax shall hunt any migratory waterfowl unless at the time of such
hunting he carries on his person an unexpired federal migratory bird
hunting stamp validated by his signature in ink across the face of the
stamp or an electronically issued unexpired validation on a valid
license while hunting such birds.
(c) Falconry. The commission is authorized to establish a falconry
program and to promulgate rules and proclamations governing same. As
may be required by commission rule, the fees for a falconry permit,
raptor captive breeding permit and raptor in-state transfer permit
shall be as specified in section 36-416, Idaho Code. The falconry and
the raptor captive breeding permit shall expire three (3) years from
date of issue.
Idaho Administrative Code
No specific provision of the Idaho Administrative Code pertains to scientific “collecting” (aka “research”) permits.
Generally, the Idaho Administrative Code provides that:
13.01.06.300.PROTECTION OF WILDLIFE.
01. Game Species. Those species of wildlife classified as Big Game
Animals, Upland Game Animals, Game Birds, Migratory Birds, Game Fish,
Crustacea, or Furbearing Animals may be taken only in accordance with
Idaho law and rules established by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.
02. Protected Nongame and Threatened or Endangered Species. No person
shall take or possess those species of wildlife classified as Protected
Nongame, or Threatened or Endangered at any time or in any manner,
except as provided in Sections 36-106(e) and 36-1107, Idaho Code, by
Commission rule, or IDAPA 13.01.10, “Rules Governing the Importation,
Possession, Release, Sale, or Salvage of Wildlife,” Subsection
100.06.b. Protected Nongame status is not intended to prevent
unintentional take of these species, protection of personal health
and/or safety, limit property and building management, or prevent
management of animals to address public health concerns or agricultural
03. Unprotected and Predatory Wildlife. Those species of wildlife
classified as Unprotected Wildlife and Predatory Wildlife may be taken
in any amount, at any time, and in any manner not prohibited by state
or federal law, by holders of the appropriate valid Idaho hunting,
trapping, or combination hunting and fishing licenses, provided such
taking is not in violation of state, county, or city laws, ordinances,
or regulations. (7-1-93)