Migratory Bird Preservation Facility Guidelines

Migratory Bird Preservation Facility Guidelines

Migratory bird preservation facilities are any person, taxidermist, cold storage facility or locker plant, or hunting club which receives, possesses, or is in custody of any migratory game birds belonging to another person for purposes of picking, cleaning, freezing, processing, storage, or shipment.

To operate as a migratory bird preservation facility, the facility must:

  1. Ensure incoming birds are properly tagged
  2. Keep an accurate record of transactions (both incoming and outgoing)
  3. Allow for the inspection of their premises.

Proper Tagging

Upon facilities receiving (and distributing) migratory birds, birds must have tags attached that:

  • Are signed by the hunter
  • State his/her address
  • Include the total number and species of birds harvested
  • Include the date on which the birds were harvested.

Recordkeeping

Facilities must maintain accurate records of and be able to identify every bird received by or in custody of the facility by the name of the person from whom the birds were obtained. Required elements:

  • Number of each species obtained
  • Location where the birds were taken
  • Dates on which they were received
  • Name and address of whom the birds were received from
  • Date such bird were disposed of
  • Name and address of the person to whom the birds were delivered.

Records must be maintained for one year following the last entry on the record.

Inspection of Premises

Facilities shall not prevent any authorized enforcement person from entering, and inspecting the premises and records of such facilities at all reasonable hours.

Other Important Rules

Transportation of Birds of Another Person

No person shall transport migratory game birds belonging to another person unless such birds are properly tagged.

Custody of Birds of Another Person

No person shall receive or have in custody any migratory game birds belonging to another person unless such birds are properly tagged.

Species Identification Requirement

No person shall transport within the United States any migratory game birds, except doves and band-tailed pigeons, unless the head or one fully feathered wing remains attached to each such bird at all times while being transported from the place where taken until they have arrived at the personal abode of the possessor or a migratory bird preservation facility.

Hunting Clubs and Recordkeeping

Recordkeeping is not necessary for hunting clubs which do not fully process migratory birds by removal of both the head and wings.