Free Scientific Collector's Permit
Persons involved in research, survey work, collection or handling of wildlife species in South Dakota are required to possess a Scientific Collectors Permit. The exceptions are insects and other invertebrates that are not state or federal listed or species monitored by the South Dakota Natural Heritage Program. Click here for a list of rare species. If collection is occurring for research purposes, applicants should submit a permit application and research proposal if available. This permit does not authorize the collection of any federal or state threatened or endangered species and it is the applicantâ€™s responsibility to obtain any other necessary permits. The process for applying for a state endangered species permit can be found here.
If you are not sure if you need a permit, call 605.773.4345 or email for further information.
An application for a Scientific Collectors Permit can be downloaded at these links.
Anyone who desires to conduct bat research must comply with the requirements of the BAT SAMPLING AND COLLECTION PROTOCOL GUIDELINES.