State permit policies & procedures
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WebsiteSouth Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
Division of Wildlife
Dept. of Game Fish and Parks
Natural Heritage Program
Foss Bldg. 523 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
Is a permit needed for banding?Sometimes
yes, sometimes no. Per D. Backlund: “For most projects working with
migratory birds (assuming the projects are acceptable, the researchers
are qualified, and the necessary federal permits are obtained) we would
issue a Scientific Collecting Permit. We do not require a SCP permit
for general bird banding (such as running a stationary banding station
with mist nets), but if the researcher is collecting specimens, banding
nestlings, attaching transmitters, or other more intrusive types of
research, then a SCP should be obtained. If there is any question
about whether a permit is needed, the researchers should contact SD
GFP. If in doubt, it is best to obtain a permit, they are free
and turnaround is generally fast.”
Permit application forms
- Application Form -
or from the agency website
- Renewal - same form
- Threatened and Endangered
- An applicant for a state endangered species permit should submit a written letter to the
Secretary of SDGFP
523 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD, 57501
at least six weeks prior to the time the permit is needed.
The letter should include the following:
• What individual is responsible for complying with
the permit? Also include address, phone number, fax number, and email
• What specific activity is planned (capture, possession, exportation, etc.)?
• List the scientific name, common name, and number of individuals requested.
• How long will the activity last?
• What is the purpose of the activity? Only those
purposes stated in 34A-8-8 will be considered for authorization.
Issuance of a SDGFP state endangered species permit does not relieve
the applicant of the responsibility to obtain other local, state,
federal, or international permits. SDGFP will not make the
determination of whether additional permits are needed; that is the
responsibility of the applicant.
Holders of SDGFP state endangered species permits must comply with the
terms of their specific permits. Permit holders should not assume that
other activities, additional species or increased numbers of
individuals, or timeframes outside the permit conditions are authorized
Violations of SDGFP state endangered species permits may jeopardize
future permits and may be referred to law enforcement personnel for
This procedure does not apply to captive nondomestic animals permitted for possession by the South Dakota Animal Industry Board.
State endangered and threatened species:
Eskimo curlew (Numenius borealis)
Interior least tern (Sterna antillarum athalassos)
Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)
Whooping crane (Grus americana)
American dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)
Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Piping plover (Charadrius melodus)
- Salvage - use application form; specific that salvage authority is requested
To be determined on a case by case basis.
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.
41:09:16:01. Eligibility requirements.
The secretary may grant, with approval from the commission, a
scientific collector's license to persons or institutions engaged in
scientific research, deemed bona fide by the secretary, or to an
incorporated society of natural history for scientific or educational
41:09:16:02. Application for license.
A person or institution must apply for a scientific collector's license
on forms provided by the department. The form must contain complete
information on the species and numbers of nests, eggs, birds, animals,
or fish requested to be collected, the method of collection, the
locations of collection, the collection period, what the purpose or use
of the collected specimens will be, the institution for which
collections are being made, and final disposition of the specimens
41:09:16:03. Conditions of license.
The license may contain special conditions and provisions for
collections of specific nests, eggs, birds, animals, and fish; shall
limit the numbers and specimens to be collected; and shall establish
the expiration date of the license.
41:09:16:04. Reporting required.
A licensee must keep complete records of specimens collected, dates,
locations, and dispositions of specimens collected. A collection report
form must be completed and submitted to the department in Pierre no
later than January 31, following the year in which the scientific
collector's license was issued.
Violation of any terms of the license or failure to submit the required
reports is grounds for termination of the license and for refusal to
issue the license in succeeding years.