Migratory Bird Regulations

Submitted by Bill Gaither on 5/17/01. ( WILDART@prodigy.net )

Many questions pertaining to rules, regulation and laws regarding storage, handling, transportation and disposition of migratory birds are posted on this forum. Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) defines everything from the hunting and taking of migratory birds (Part 20) to Permits (Part 21) Permit procedures (Part 13) and General Provisions (Part 10), and most things you have always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask.

The 50 CFR series is, quite simply, the Bible for the care, disposition and handling of migratory birds. In addition to the regulatory series, there are several pertinent documents published by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, which should be obtained, read and remembered by each of you who hunt or mount migratory birds. They are:

1.) Taxidermy Permit - Review of Regulations and Certification, UFWS, 10/01/91, a typed document which covers Title 50, parts 10 -21.

2.) Taxidermists and Federal Laws Fact Sheet - An undated USDI/FWS
Fact sheet Covering Federal Wildlife Protection Laws.

3.) USDI/FWS FS-8 Oct 74 - A factoid document Dealing with treaties, Import and export; Banding and marking, taxidermy, sale and disposal and special purpose use.

4.) TITLE 50, PART 21, CFR - Deals with migratory bird permits.

5.) TITLE 50, PART 13 - CFR - Deals with General Permit Procedures.

6.) TITLE 50, PART 10 - CFR - General Provisions, scope, purpose and lists of migratory birds.

7.) 16 USCS 706 - 8/93 - The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)

8.) TITLE 50, PART 20 - CFR - Migratory Bird Hunting - Deals with definitions of possession, limits, procedures, disposition of feathers and skins, etc.

These publications are free for the asking. Contact your local or regional USFWS office and request them if you do not have them in your possession. I can't imagine a licensed taxidermist who was not provided with these factoids and CFR's at the time of application.

Read and heed them, don't let another intrepret the law for you. On more than one occassion, my having had the TITLE 50 series at hand settled a disputed situation with a Federal Officer. The law is the law, and ignorance of it is no defense. The USFWS can be reached simply by typing the keyword "USFWS" into your browser and clicking on "go". Follow the prompts to obtain the information listed above.

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This response submitted by . on 5/17/01. ( . )

well put Bill, its been there all the time. Funny thing to me is that most jump in to the Biz prior to finding out the rules and regulations that govern them and only seek out what they can and can't do when it affects them, hence trouble with the "man". Most problems can be adverted simply by looking before you leap, and that old saying ignorance of the law is no excuse, is usually a slap in the face to the "ignorant" one.....

cheers .

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