In addition to state regulations, these federal rules apply to the taking, possession, transportation and storage of migratory game birds. For a complete summary of federal regulations, visit wildlifedepartment.com/hunting/fedregs.htm.
No person shall take migratory game birds:
No person shall take migratory game birds during the closed season.
No person shall take migratory game birds except during the hours open to shooting as prescribed.
Daily Bag Limit
No person shall take in any one day more than one daily bag limit.
Field Possession Limit
No person shall possess more than one daily bag limit, tagged or not tagged, in the field and when returning from the field to either one’s car or hunting camp, home, etc.
All migratory game birds shall be retrieved if possible, and retained in the custody of the hunter in the field.
No person shall give, put or leave any migratory game birds at any place or in the custody of another person unless the birds are tagged by the hunter with the following information.
Tagging is required if birds are being transported by another person for the hunter, or if birds have been left for cleaning, storage (including temporary storage), shipment, or taxidermy services.
Possession of Live Birds
Crippled birds must be immediately killed.
No person shall completely dress any migratory game bird (except doves and bandtailed pigeons) and then transport the birds from the field. The head or one fully feathered wing must remain attached to all such birds while being transported from the field to one’s home or to a commercial facility.
For information regarding the importation of migratory birds killed in another country, hunters should consult federal regulations 50 CFR 20.61 through 20.66. One fully-feathered wing must remain attached to all migratory game birds being transported between the port of entry and one’s home or to a migratory bird preservation facility. No person shall import migratory game birds killed in any foreign country except Canada, unless such birds are dressed (except as required in 20.63), drawn, and the head and feet are removed. No person shall import migratory game birds belonging to another person.
No persons shall ship migratory game birds unless package is marked on outside with:
More restrictive regulations may apply to National Wildlife Refuges open to public hunting. For more information on federal regulations, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 2700 Coltrane Place, Suite #4, Edmond, OK 73034, (405) 715-0617. In addition, you can read about federal migratory bird rules at this website: fws.gov/migratorybirds/RegulationsandPolicies.html.
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