Unfortunately you don't have much choice in choosing a club. The British Columbia Falconry Association is the only club in B.C. I and others resigned from the club disagreeing on the direction the club was taking. For more information visit their website B.C.F.A.
Falconry in B.C.
You've decided you have the time and energy to properly commit to the sport of Falconry. What legal aspects of the sport do you need to know?
The following excerpts are taken from the Falconry Procedure Manual.
Effective July 2012, falconry information is available through the Wildlife Division of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, located at
200 - 10428 153rd Street, Surrey.
Their telephone number to the receptionist is 604-586-4400.
Permit. No person may take, capture, possess, import, export or transport a live raptorial bird without holding a valid permit. Notwithstanding the issuance of a permit, all raptorial birds captured from the wild in B.C. remain the property of the Crown. However, birds bred, hatched and raised in captivity or those legally taken in and imported from other jurisdictions will be considered the property of the owner but their possession, use , transfer and export will be subject to all applicable regulations and permits.
Permitted use of captive raptorial birds.
- Scientific Study (studies of the biology or behaviour of wild or captive birds by qualified scientists).
- Falconry ( use of free-flying captive birds to take live or artificial prey).
- Captive breeding.
- Public displays-zoos.
Duration of Permit.
Permits for the capture, possession and use of all raptors expire March 31st each year unless otherwise specified.
Non-residents as defined in the Wildlife Act are not eligible for permits to capture raptorial birds.
New residents of the Province desiring recognition of their previous experience with possessing raptorial birds under legal permit must provide written confirmation from the outside issuing management authority. No person may be issued a valid permit to import, capture or possess a Class 1 raptorial bird or birds unless he has legally possessed a Class 2 raptorial bird for a period of two years prior to his application (for definitions of Class 1 and 2, refer to tables below).
No person under the 18 years of age may be issued a permit except where parental consent and acknowledgment of responsibility is given in writing assuring that the applicant conforms with all the requirements of the Wildlife Act, it's regulations and supporting conditions.
No person may be issued a permit unless Pens, (Mews) or holding facilities conform to the standard set by the Bird and Endangered Species Specialist. After December 31, 1983 all raptorial birds must be banded with bands supplied or approved by the Bird and Endangered Specialist.
Legally held raptors may be lent, transported, given, received sold, bought, bartered or exchanged only by the holders of valid possession permits within B.C. The export of any raptorial bird from B.C. is forbidden unless authorized by permit.
The Fish and Wildlife Branch may revoke or refuse to issue any permit to any person for a period of two years following conviction for an offense relating to raptorial birds.
No person may capture more than two (2) raptorial birds per calendar year. A minimum of one young bird must be left in each eyrie or nest. Where there are three or more young, at least two must be left. A minimum of two young must be left in each eyrie or nest of the Peregrine or Gyrfalcon. Young shall not be transferred from one nest to another to meet the requirements.
|BIRDS THAT MAY BE CAPTURED FOR FALCONRY|
|Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)**|
|Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)|
|Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)|
|Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)|
|Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)|
|Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo Jamaicensis)|
|Merlin (Falco columbarius)|
|Kestrel (Falco sparverius)|
|Legally imported birds not listed|
* Class 1 birds may only be taken or held under permit by experienced falconers holding a Class 1 permit; Class 2 birds may be taken or held under permit by falconers holding a Class 1 or Class 2 permit.
** Capture severely restricted as to time and place and may be prohibited entirely in certain years.
I have created a mail list for falconers called Canadian Falconry. All falconers are welcome and we have falconers from around the world on the list.
Due to demand I have also created a mail list for serious longwingers called appropriately enough Longwingers. This is not a beginners list and subscriptions are vetted by myself.