Falconry in Colorado is regulated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service providing law enforcement and federal regulatory oversight. Current information and application forms can be found on the CPW website. The CPW licensing process is provided here as a roadmap for those interested in beginning the licensing process, followed by the CPW chapters that directly related to falconry.
Please contact Erik Slater, Special Licensing Coordinator, at Wildlife.SpecialLicensing@state.co.us or at 303.291.7143 if you have additional questions regarding apprentice licensing or specific inquiries regarding license renewal, reinstatement or transfer from another state.
Click here for the CPW Licensing Process Overview
Carefully review the state regulations pertinent to falconry which can be found in Chapters W-00, W-03, W-05, and W-06 of Colorado Parks and Wildlife Regulations:
Colorado License Applications
**Note: although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is no longer involved in falconry licensing, CPW regulations do require the submission of the federal Migratory Bird Acquisition and Disposition Report, also known as the “3-186a form”. This form was previously submitted online to USFWS, however the website has not been functioning since approximately the summer of 2016. The current procedure is to complete the 3-186a either by hand after printing it out, or via Adobe Acrobat with fields that can be typed in, (you must still sign the original in blue ink) and then U.S. mail this form to CPW/Special Licensing, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216.
The 3-186a form may be found here: https://www.fws.gov/forms/3-186a.pdf
Please remember (especially if you are new falconer) that the USFWS 3-186a form must be sent to CPW, in addition to the CPW “Raptor Acquisition and Disposition Report”, which is submitted online, and can be found here: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/SWL-RaptorEntry.aspx
You must click on the first link “Raptor Acquisition and Disposition Report”
The federal falconry regulations may be found here:
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