Bruce, Your warden has NO authority to issue any federal permit at all. Road kills on protected species are confiscated by the state and they can then offer them to licensed permit holders. for preservation or display. If there is no donation, they are destroyed. When you contacted them with the Owl, and informed them with your intentions, you would then file with the USF&W for the proper permit. The DNR would hold the bird until a permit was issued. In your case, you would not get the permit for possession since you are one person who doesn't even hold a common USF&W Migratory Bird Permit. Your school must also have a federal permit to hold and display the Owl. Permit issue can take 30 to 90 days. At this point, you are in violation of federal law spelled out fully in the CFR's If it was me, I would take the invalid DNR paperwork and the Owl to your state regional USF&W office and follow their recommendation to cover your ass. It will most likely be confiscated and donated to a legal permit holder.