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Falconry Permit

Who Needs This Permit?
Any resident of Nova Scotia who wants to keep a bird of prey (raptor) in their possession to use in the sport or business of falconry. (This includes falcons, merlins, hawks, etc.)

Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division

Where can you get this Permit and / or further information?
Manager, Biodiversity
N.S. Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Division
136 Exhibition Street
Kentville, NS B4W 4E5

Tel: 902-679-6146
Fax: 902-679-6176


Any of the Local or Area Offices of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources. (See Offices, N.S. Department of Natural Resources.)

Application Forms & Process:
The application information can be sent to the Wildlife Division of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources. Before an application is made, a two-year apprenticeship is required with a licensed falconer (2 years). As well, the Falconer that the apprenticeship was completed under needs to submit a letter of recommendation to the Wildlife Division.

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the permit will be sent to the applicant by mail.

Waiting Period:
10 business days each for: Falconry and Falconry Breeding Permit
Expiry & Renewal:

This permit is valid for 1 year from the date it is issued, and can be renewed. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to initiate the renewal process at least two months prior to expiry date.


Related Requirements:
  1. An apprenticeship with someone who already has this permit is required for 2 years.

  2. A letter of recommendation from the Falconer that the apprenticeship was completed under is required.
Additional Information:

Legislative Authority:

Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 50, Section 1 and Chapter 62, Section 1

General Wildlife Regulations, Section 6a

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