Current through Register Vol. XXXVIII, No. 51, December 23, 2021
3.1. A West Virginia falconry
permit is required before any resident may take, possess, transport,
sell, purchase, barter, or offer to sell, purchase, or barter raptors
for falconry purposes.
3.2. Applicants shall complete and
submit an application on forms provided by the Division.
3.3. Permits are valid from January
1 to December 31 of each year. Permits are renewablebut may not be
transferred to another person. The Director may deny or revoke
permits for cause or for violation of any of the provisions of the
permit or this rule.
Requirements for obtaining a West Virginia Falconry permit.
3.4.1. The applicant must secure a
sponsor in accordance withsection 5 of this rule.
3.4.2. The applicant must pass the
West Virginia falconry examination in accordancesection 6 of this
applicant's raptor housing facilities and equipment shall be
inspected and certified as meeting the standards established in
section 7 of this rule by a representative of the Wildlife Resources
Section of the Division.
3.5.1. An applicant who applies for
a permit and does not possess a valid permit issued by the Division
in one of the three classes set forth in section 5 of this rule shall
pay an initial applicationpermit fee of $250 for any class
3.5.2. The annual
renewal fee for any class permit is $100. Lapse in renewal of more
than 30 days subjects the applicant to the same $250 fee as an
An applicant possessing a valid permit issued by the Division in any
of the classes set forth in section 5 of this rule and who applies
for a permit in an additional class shall pay the $100 renewal fee
West Virginia falconry permit that lapses for fewer than five years
may be reinstated in the class last held by the permittee only if the
permittee provides proof of previous licensure in that class and pays
the initial applicationpermit fee.
3.7. A West Virginia falconry
permit lapsed for five years or longer shall not be
permittee must carry a copy of his or her permit while engaging in
any falconry activity.
3.9.1. A falconer who holds a valid
falconry permit from another state andmoves permanently to West
Virginia shall notify the Division and the falconry regulatory agency
of their former state within30 days of the permanent move to West
Virginia. He or she must obtain a West Virginia falconry permit
within 90 days of the permanent move to West Virginia.
3.9.2. A falconer moving to West
Virginia from another state may continue to practice falconry under a
valid falconry permit issued by his or her former state until a West
Virginia falconry permit is obtained.
3.9.3. A falconer holding a valid
permit from another state who moves to West Virginia may request a
waiver of the falconry examination permit requirement by providing
documentation ofsuccessful completion of a similar examination in his
or her home state.The applicant remains subject to the equipment and
facilities inspection by the Division and must meet the requirements
established in section 7 of this rule.
3.9.4. A non-resident falconer
shall carry on his or her person, a valid falconry permit from his or
her home state and a valid West Virginia nonresident hunting license
in lieu of an importation permit to practice falconry in West