Peregrine Falcon Permit

Photo by: Craig A. Koppie

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will allow the capture, for falconry purposes, of 5 passage peregrine falcons in 2023. A special peregrine falcon permit is required. In order to limit the capture of passage peregrine falcons, a special permitting system has been instituted.

Thirty peregrine falcon permits will be awarded based on a random drawing of permit applications received. There is a nonrefundable $10 application fee for resident and $50 application fee for nonresident falconers. All applicants must have a current general or master falconry permit. Nonresident falconers must provide a copy of their current state and federal falconry permit.

Applications must be postmarked by August 25, 2023. The season for trapping a passage peregrine falcon will be September 20 through October 20, 2023.

There will be a mandatory call-in system. Any falconer who takes a passage peregrine falcon must call in and report the take by 8 pm of the day of capture. The season will be immediately closed and announced on the call-in phone line once the number of passage peregrine falcons authorized by the final federal allocation for Maryland has been taken.

The season is now closed. Please check back for more information on the 2024 trapping season​.

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Related Permits

Falconry Permit/License

Request by E-mail:

Request by Phone:

Toll-free in Maryland:
1-877-620-8DNR [8367], Extension 8540
TTY: users call via MD Relay 711

​Request by Mail:

​​Wildlife Permit Coordinator
MD DNR- Wildlife and Heritage Service
580 Taylor Ave., E-1
Annapolis MD 21401

The Tawes State Office Building is open to customers by appointment only; walk-in customers will not be accepted without a confirmed appointment.

To schedule wildlife permit appointments please email or call 410-260-8540.