Proposed Rule Development – Falconry

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is turning over the permitting responsibility for Falconry to states and tribal authorities.  The USFWS finalized changes to the federal regulations governing Falconry, which became effective on November 7, 2008.  As a result, states and tribes must certify to the USFWS that their regulations comply with the federal requirements and the USFWS must approve the certification.  Once the USFWS approves the certification, the federal permitting requirements will be eliminated for falconers residing in those states beginning January 1 the following year.  State regulations governing Falconry must meet the standards in the federal regulations by January 1, 2014, at which time the federal permit program will be discontinued.  Although, Florida already has established rules governing Falconry, some revision is required to meet federal guidelines, industry and constituency needs.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff is reviewing the current rule and has conducted public workshops to solicit recommendations for potential changes as listed below. Draft rules were presented at the September Commission meeting in Tampa; final rules will be presented at the February Commission meeting in Orlando. 

The current Florida regulation, Rule 68A-9.005, F.A.C., can be viewed at PERMITS&ID=68A-9.005

The current federal regulations can be viewed at

View a comparison of the current federal regulations to Florida's existing falconry regulations.


Proposed Rule Change for 2012

68A-9.005, Falconry
68A-9.006, Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit
68A-4.008, Taking Wildlife on Roads and Right-of-Way Prohibited


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