State permit policies & procedures
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Website Missouri Department of Conservation
Contacts Stephanie Liebi
Missouri Department of Conservation
Attn: Wildlife Collector Permits
P.O. Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180
Phone (573) 522-4115 x 3574
Fax (573) 5751-4864
Is a permit needed for banding?Yes. Although the
regulation is ambiguous, he questions on the application suggest that a
state permit is required. Specifically, the application form states
a) federal permit ALSO required;
b) specifically includes mark/released/recaptured (and also
specifically refers to "killed for study purposes." The Missouri Dept.
of Conservation confirmed that a state permit is required for banding
(pers. comm. S. Liebi to E. Paul, 24 August 2009).
Permit application forms
- Application Form -
or from the agency website
- Renewal - same form
- Threatened and Endangered
- same form
- Salvage - same form. Indicate that you plan to salvage.
State landsIndicate on application form.
The regulations below specify that “Advance notification shall be given
to the conservation agent or Protection Division regional supervisor in
the county or area as to where and when the collecting will be done.”
Relevant sections of the Missouri Code of State Regulations
Title 3. Department of Conservation
Chapter 5. Wildlife Code: Permits
3 CSR 10-5.205 Permits Required; Exceptions
PURPOSE: This rule establishes requirements for hunting, fishing and trapping permits,
and certain exceptions to those requirements.
(1) Any person who chases, pursues, takes, transports, ships, buys, sells, possesses, or
uses wildlife in any manner must first obtain the prescribed hunting, fishing, trapping, or
other permit, or be exempted under 3 CSR 10-9.110, with the following exceptions:
[no relevant exceptions]
3 CSR 10-5.210 Permits to be Signed and Carried
PURPOSE: This rule establishes procedures for identifying persons who have complied
with requirements for wildlife permits.
All permits and method exemptions shall be signed and carried by the permittee. Permits,
or temporary permit authorization number(s), and method exemptions
shall be exhibited to any officer charged with the enforcement of this
Code, or to any transportation
company or postal employee when presenting wildlife for shipment.
3 CSR 10-9.425 Wildlife Collector’s Permit
PURPOSE: This rule establishes a permit under which wildlife may be taken for scientific
(1) A permit to collect, possess, mount, or preserve wildlife for scientific related purposes:
(A) Wildlife Collector’s Permit for Scientific Purposes.
Wildlife collector’s permits may be granted to an authorized
representative of a university, college, school, incorporated city,
state or federal agency, publicly owned zoo, or wildlife or research
organization or other qualified individual; provided, that the
collection shall be used
exclusively for scientific, educational or museum purposes. Fee: five dollars ($5).
(B) Wildlife Collector’s Permit for Special Collections of Wildlife.
Wildlife collector’s permits may be issued to professionally qualified
individuals who charge a fee for biological studies for specific
projects where the potential results are of sufficient public value
and interest to justify special collection of wildlife. Fee: fifty dollars ($50).
(2) General Requirements for Permit Holders.
Species and numbers of each to be collected and collecting methods are
limited to those specified on the permit. Advance notification shall be
given to the conservation agent or Protection Division regional
supervisor in the county or area as to where and
when the collecting will be done. The permit holder’s name, address and wildlife collector’s
permit number shall be on all trapping and netting devices. The traps,
nets or other devices used under this permit shall be attended at least
daily, or be constantly attended if so stated on the permit. The
collected specimens shall be donated to a museum or educational
institution or disposed of in accordance with instructions of the
director. Wildlife held under a wildlife collector’s
permit may be propagated but shall not be sold or exhibited
commercially. When holding live specimens, permit holders are required
to adhere to wildlife confinement standards set forth in 3 CSR
10-9.220. The names and addresses of persons collecting under the
direct supervision of the holder of the permit shall accompany the
application for the permit. Field collection must be conducted under
the in-person supervision of the permit holder. This permit does not
the holder of full compliance with other provisions of the Code or other state and federal
(3) The wildlife collector’s permit is not valid until signed by the permit holder. The permit
is valid for one (1) year from January 1. The permit holder shall submit a wildlife collector’s
permit report to the department within thirty (30) days of the permit’s
expiration date. Issuance of permits for the following year shall be
conditioned on compliance with this Code, specified conditions of the
permit and receipt of a satisfactory wildlife collector’s permit
report. Department volunteers, working on authorized wildlife
collection projects, are exempt from the requirements of
3 CSR 10-9.430 Bird Banding
PURPOSE: This rule authorizes bird banding by persons holding a federal permit.
Birds may be livetrapped for banding and released by persons holding a valid federal