The sport of falconry involves hunting small game with a raptor. Falconry is an active sport—falconers must monitor and follow the raptor they fly, which requires a certain level of athleticism and endurance. To practice falconry in Louisiana, you must have a Game Breeder’s License for Falconry (Falconry License) from LDWF and a current, valid Hunting License. (Falconry licenses will not be issued for pets or the pet trade/industry).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service historically regulated the sport of falconry but transferred control of state falconry programs to individual states. Falconers are no longer required to obtain a federal falconry permit in addition to a state falconry license.
Apply for a Falconry License
You must complete the following steps before applying for a Falconry License:
- Read and study the state falconry regulations and suggested material relative to falconry and raptor and equipment care and maintenance.
- Locate a sponsor (LDWF’s Falconry Coordinator will assist you with this step) and participate in several hunts and raptor and equipment care and maintenance with your sponsor.
- Pass the 100-question falconry test. Contact LDWF’s Falconry Coordinator to schedule a time to take the test.
- Have mew design and location reviewed and approved by LDWF’s Falconry Coordinator prior to mew construction.
- Request and pass a mew and equipment inspection.
Once these items are complete, you may submit your application.
Once you have your Falconry License, you may acquire a bird.
The license fee is $25 annually. There is a one-time $50 facility inspection fee. New applicants must submit their application along with a certified check or money order made payable to LDWF for $75.
Falconry Licenses are valid for one calendar year and expire December 31, despite when the license is issued. Licenses can be renewed annually for $25. Renewals will be forwarded to all licensed falconers through LDWF’s Falconry Coordinator.
Contact LDWF’s Falconry Coordinator for falconry regulations, suggested material and license application.
There are three levels of falconers: Apprentice, General, and Master. Beginning falconers start at the Apprentice level and must remain at this level for at least two years. Apprentice falconers must be sponsored by a General or Master Falconer during this time. The sponsor trains the apprentice in all aspects of falconry including properly trapping, caring for, and maintaining a raptor; raptor biology; proper hunting techniques; building a quality mew; using the necessary equipment; rules and regulations; and reporting requirements. Contact LDWF’s Falconry Coordinator for assistance in obtaining a sponsor.
Report Falconry Actvity
Falconers are required to report their activity (trapping a new bird, releasing a bird, transferring a bird, etc.) to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Falconry Coordinator via Form 3-186A within 10 days of the activity.