State permit policies & procedures
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Website Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Contacts Shirl Dressler, Secretary Senior
Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
4010 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: (804) 367-6913
Is a permit needed for banding?Yes.
(pers.comm. S. Dressler to E. Paul, 7 July 2009: “Yes, a permit is
required in Virginia to band birds, even if you have a federal permit.
Part of Virginia's laws make it illegal to "harass" wildlife, capturing
and banding birds falls under this.”
Permit application forms
- Application Form -
or from the agency website
Application to amend permit avaliable here
Per Ms. Dressler: All documentation MUST be submitted
electronically to this email address
(collectionpermits_AT_dgif.virginia.gov). Allow a minimum of 30 days
for the agency to receive the documentation and review.
- Renewal - same form
- Threatened and Endangered
- Available here
or from the agency website
- Salvage - same form
To be determined
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.
Regulations: Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4 Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 15 Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Chapter 30 DEFINITIONS AND MISCELLANEOUS: IMPORTATION, POSSESSION, SALE, ETC., OF ANIMALS
Section 10 Possession, importation, sale, etc. of wildlife animals
4VAC15-30-10. Possession, importation, sale, etc., of wild animals.
Under the authority of Sec. 29.1-103 and 29.1-521 of the Code of
Virginia it shall be unlawful to take, possess, import, cause to be
imported, export, cause to be exported, buy, sell, offer for sale, or
liberate within the Commonwealth any wild animal unless otherwise
specifically permitted by law or regulation. Unless otherwise stated,
for the purposes of identifying species regulated by the board, when
both the scientific and common names are listed, the scientific
reference to genus and species will take precedence over common names.
Statutes: Code of Virginia
Sec. 29.1-521. Unlawful to hunt, trap, possess, sell or transport wild
birds and wild animals except as permitted; exception; penalty.
A. The following shall be unlawful:
10. To hunt, trap, take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture or
kill, possess, deliver for transportation, transport, cause to be
transported, by any means whatever, receive for transportation or
export, or import, at any time or in any manner, any wild bird or wild
animal or the carcass or any part thereof, except as specifically
permitted by law and only by the manner or means and within the numbers
stated. However, the provisions of this section shall not be construed
to prohibit the (i) use or transportation of legally taken turkey
carcasses, or portions thereof, for the purposes of making or selling
turkey callers or (ii) the manufacture or sale of implements,
including, but not limited to, tools or utensils, made from legally
harvested deer skeletal parts, including antlers.