Migratory bird Hunting Law and Legal Definition

Migratory bird hunting refers to possession, transportation, shipment, export, or import of migratory game birds. Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 makes it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill or sell migratory birds. The Act does not discriminate between live or dead birds and also grants full protection to any bird parts including feathers, eggs and nests.

Pursuant to 50 CFR 20.40, a person may not receive, possess, or give to another, any freshly killed migratory game birds as a gift, except at the personal abodes of the donor or donee, unless such birds have a tag attached, signed by the hunter who took the birds, stating such hunter's address, the total number and species of birds and the date such birds were taken.