Scientific and Educational Collecting
301 KAR 4:070
What are Scientific and Educational Collecting Permits?
The Scientific and Educational Collecting Permit
authorizes the collecting and holding, even temporarily of wildlife for
zoological, educational or scientific purposes.
Scientific wildlife collecting – means the taking
and subsequent possession or release of protected wildlife specimens for the
purposes of conducting scientific investigations or evaluations for which
compensation is received.
Educational wildlife collecting – means the
taking and subsequent possession or release of protected wildlife by an
individual or nonprofit organization for use in the bona fide instruction of
students or for a university-related research project.
How do I get a Scientific or Educational Collection
Fill out the appropriate application in its
entirety, available on our website or upon request:
Submit appropriate fee: Scientific Collection
Permit $100.00, Educational Collection Permit $25.00
If the applicant will be collecting
ANY bats, mussels, or fishes in a
watershed known to harbor federally threatened or endangered fish species, or
any species with federal protection, applicant must provide a current valid
Prior year’s data must be reported prior to
January 15th for an application to be considered
Applicant must submit a new and/or updated
application and appropriate fee each year.
A valid copy of applicant’s federal permit must
be provided if collecting ANY bats,
mussels, fishes in a watershed known to harbor federally threatened or
endangered fish species, or species with any federal protection.
Other important facts about Scientific or Educational
A Scientific or Educational Collecting Permit is
valid from January 1, or date of issue through, December 31 of the same year.
Collector must carry a valid copy or photocopy of
their permit while in the field.
A Scientific or Educational Collecting permit
shall not be used in lieu of hunting, fishing, or trapping licenses.
Federally-threatened or endangered species may
not be killed. Federally threatened
or endangered species inadvertently killed shall be reported to the Kentucky
Department of Fish and Wildlife within twenty-four (24) hours and all specimens
submitted to the department within seven (7) days of taking.
All captured, protected wildlife shall be released at the capture
reporting requirements for both types
and Educational Permit holders must submit a report.
In a given collection year, if you have
“no data”, you have to submit an
official letter or e-mail to the
appropriate Divisional administrative assistants stating that no specimens were
collected. This letter or e-mail
will serve as your annual report .
Data must be submitted for all vertebrate fish
and wildlife species collected, and data on the following list of invertebrates
shall be reported as well: Mussels (Class Bivaliva), Crayfish (Class Decopoda),
and Federally threatened or endangered invertebrates.
Data must be reported electronically.
here you can register for a sign in ID.
To enter data, you will need to enter your
current Permit Number and Authorization Code; both can be found on your official
permit. The Permit Number is located
in the top, right corner of your official permit.
The Authorization Code appears on your official permit, too – it is
located on the right-hand side of the page, between the text explaining what the
permit allows at the top, and the Permitee’s name and address.
Required data to report: See on-line data
reporting sheet for required fields.
Data shall be submitted
annually and prior to renewal of permit.
Data shall be in a format specified by the
For the official regulations, please visit:
Scientific and Educational Collecting Permits