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State permit policies & procedures

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North Dakota


    North Dakota Game and Fish Department

    No information about permits   


    Michael A. Johnson
    Game Management Section Leader and Supervisor, Migratory Game Bird Management
    North Dakota Game and Fish Department
    100 North Bismarck Expressway
    Bismarck, North Dakota  58501
    Phone:  (701) 328-6319
    FAX: (701) 328-6352

Is a permit needed for banding?

    Yes. The statute expressly states that permits are required to catch birds.

Permit application forms

  • Application Form - Available here
  • Renewal - same form

  • Threatened and Endangered - same form

  • Salvage - same form. Indicate that you plan to salvage.

State lands

To be determined

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.


No pertinent regulations found.

Statutes: 2009 North Dakota Century Code, Title 20 (Game, Fish, Predators, and Boating)

Chapter 20.1-02. Definitions

In this title, unless the context otherwise requires:

19. "Harmful wild birds" includes blackbirds, magpies, English sparrows, and starlings.
20. "Harmless wild birds" includes all wild birds not defined herein as "harmful wild birds"
or "game birds".

Chapter 20.1-04-03. Harmless wild birds protected - Imported songbirds as domestic pets may be possessed and sold. No person, without a permit issued by the director, shall kill, catch, take, ship, cause to be shipped, purchase, offer, or expose for sale, sell, have in that person's possession or under that person's control, any harmless wild bird, or any part thereof, irrespective of whether the harmless wild bird was captured or killed in or out of this state. Imported songbirds used and to be used as domestic pets may be bought, sold, shipped, or possessed at any time.

Chapter 20.1-04-04. Nests and eggs of protected birds protected. No person, without a permit issued by the director, may take, have in that person's possession or under that person's control, or needlessly break up or destroy, or in any manner interfere with, the nest or the eggs of any kind of bird, the killing of which is prohibited.

Chapter 20.1-04-05. Golden eagle, bald eagle protected. No person may take, kill, hunt, possess, sell, purchase, pursue, shoot at, disturb, capture, or destroy any golden eagle, bald eagle, or any nest or egg thereof, within North Dakota.

State-listed endangered or threatened species or species of concern:

No endangered or threatened species lists found.

Species of concern: the State apparently has a three-tiered list of species of concern. It does not appear that there are any statutes or regulations affording additional protection to these species.

The lists are here:

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3