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State permit policies & procedures

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    Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation   

    No permit info on website


    Mark D. Howery
    Wildlife Diversity Biologist
    Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife Conservation
    1801 N. Lincoln Blvd
    Oklahoma City, OK  73105
    Phone: (405) 424-2728

Is a permit required for banding?

No separate banding application; it is covered by the scientific collecting permit.

Permit application forms

  • Application Form - The application for the Scientific Collector's Permit is not
    available on-line. We have requested an electronic copy to post here.

    Ornithologists in need of a Scientific Collector's Permit for banding can obtain an application form from:

        Wildlife Division
        Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
        1801 N. Lincoln Blvd.
        Oklahoma City, OK 73105
        (405) 521-2739

    Also note that you will receive two separate documents constituting the permit. You will receive a Scientific Collector's Permit and a Legacy Permit. The Legacy Permit is a relatively new permit that was created by the Oklahoma Legislature five years ago and required of anyone who purchases a Hunting, Trapping or Fishing License, or a Scientific Collector's Permit.  The funds generated through the Legacy Permit are directed to a specific land acquisition fund to purchase state wildlife conservation areas.
  • Renewal - same form

  • Threatened and Endangered - Threatened and Endangered –  For the collection, trapping, or possession ofa state endangered or threatened species (those that are not also federally listed) Oklahoma requires a letter of authorization for the agency's Director rather than a scientific collector's permit.  However, Oklahoma has no state-listed birds
  • Salvage - same form. Indicate that you plan to salvage

State lands

Prior notice

Policies and Procedures

Oklahoma Administrative Code
Title 800 Department of Wildlife Conservation
Chapter 25 Wildlife Rules
Subchapter 26 Scientific Collector Permits

800:25-26-1. Purpose
     The purpose of this Subchapter is to establish application procedures for obtaining a permit for the collection of fish and wildlife species for scientific purposes.

800:25-26-2. Application and fees
(a)    Anyone sampling or collecting fish or wildlife, or their nests or eggs for scientific purposes, must first have authorization from the Department. A fee will be charged to cover the costs of processing and handling the issuance of the permit. The issuance of a scientific collector permit shall constitute written authority from the Department for such collection activities.
(b)    The following are the procedures for obtaining a scientific collector permit
(1)    Applications may be obtained by contacting the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation at P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, 73152 or by appearance at Department Headquarters, 1801 N. Lincoln Blvd.
(2)    The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from at least one well-known scientist, or from any well-known scientific institution, who will vouch for the applicant's integrity and character. The letter must contain a brief statement about the purpose of the project.
(3)    Permits expire at the end of each calendar year. A new application must be filed each time an applicant applies for a permit. A letter of recommendation may be required for each application.

800:25-26-3. Use
(a)    A copy of the approved application must be carried with the collector permit when sampling or collecting in the field.
(b)    The permit holder must notify the Law Enforcement Division at least twenty-four hours prior to the time of sampling or collecting in any county. Notification must be made prior to each trip, unless prior arrangements to the contrary have been made with the Game Warden(s) in the counties involved.
(c)    Instructors in charge of educational classes may take classes into the field and allow students to collect in their presence under their permit. If students collect or sample fish or wildlife when the instructor is not present, they must have their own permit. Students collecting or sampling in the field, under the permit of an instructor, and in the presence of an instructor, are not required to have a hunting or fishing license, or individual permit except as provided in (5).
(d)    Except as stipulated in (e), persons who sample or collect fish or wildlife under a scientific collector permit are not required to possess a fishing or hunting license.
(e)    The permit does not authorize the holder to collect game, furbearing, or predatory species with firearms, bows and arrows, or fish with any hook and line method without a valid Oklahoma hunting and/or fishing license. The following species may not be taken under a scientific collector permit: deer, bear, elk, antelope, or wild turkey.
(f)    This permit does not authorize sampling or collecting on State or Federal Refuge or Wilderness Areas.
(g)    Only those specific species, areas, and methods approved by the Department will be covered by the permit. Any variations from the above rules must be covered by specific written approval by the Director and said approval shall be attached to and carried with the permit.
(h)    A Scientific Collector's permit shall not be used to collect those species of wildlife for which a statewide closed season has been established by the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission, unless specifically authorized.
(i)    A Federal Permit is required in addition to the state permit, if migratory birds, threatened or endangered species are to be collected.

800:25-26-4. Reporting
(a)    The permit holder must submit a report listing all fish and wildlife collected within thirty (30) days of the end of the calendar year.
(b)    Failure to submit a report, even if no fish or wildlife were collected, is cause for revoking the permit. No renewals will be issued without receipt of completed report forms.

800:25-19-3. Criteria to determine classification of wildlife
(3)    Definitions. The following are the definitions for endangered, threatened and special concern species.
(A)    State endangered species. An endangered species is a native species whose prospects of survival or recruitment within the state is in imminent jeopardy. This determination will be based primarily upon species status within Oklahoma.
(B)    State threatened species. A threatened species is a native species that, although not presently in danger of extirpation, is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future in the absence of special protection and management efforts.
(C)    Special concern species. A special concern species may be one of the following:
(i)    Category I - a native species with a presently stable or increasing population that current evidence indicates is especially vulnerable to extirpation because of limited range, low population or other factors.
(ii)    Category II - species identified by technical experts as possibly threatened or vulnerable to extirpation but for which little, if any, evidence exists to document the population level, range or factors pertinent to its status.

800:25-19-6. Species listing

(c)    The following are classified as Category I species:
   (1)    Mountain plover (Charadrius montanus)
   (2)    Long-billed curlew (Numenius americanus)
   (3)    Ferruginous hawk (Buteo regalis)
   (4)    Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
   (5)    Prairie falcon (Falco mexicanus)

(e)    The following are classified as Category II bird species:
   (1)    Bachman's sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis)
   (2)    Barn owl (Tyto alba)
   (3)    Bell's vireo (Vireo bellii)   (4)    Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia)
   (5)    Migrant loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus migrans)
   (6)    Snowy plover (Charadrius alewndrinus)
   (7)    Swainson's hawk (Buteo swainsoni)