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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BF18 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Migratory Bird Permits; Captive-Bred Migratory Game Birds 

This proposed rule would revise the regulations regarding captive-bred migratory waterfowl and other game birds. This proposed action would consolidate and simplify permitting for captive-bred game birds and addresses public concerns resulting from a final rule published on March 1, 2010 (75 FR 9316), which revised the regulations for the Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata). FWS proposes to incorporate special purpose gamebird permits currently implemented under special purpose permits (50 CFR 21.95) into the existing regulation for waterfowl sale and disposal permits (50 CFR 21.88). FWS also seeks to clarify authorized methods of disposal, including release to the wild. Finally, FWS would clarify a permit exception for domesticated varieties of ducks and geese that are readily distinguishable in appearance from wild members of their species, which became unclear with the publication of the rule defining hybrid migratory bird (78 FR 65576; November 1, 2013).

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 21   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Eric L. Kershner
Chief, Branch of Conservation, Permits, and Regulations
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 358-2376
Fax:703 358-2217