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How to Report a Waterfowl or Dove Band



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a toll-free number for reporting all dove and waterfowl bands. If you take a banded bird, visit or call 1-800-327-BAND (2263) with information about when and where you shot the bird. From Sept. 1-Feb. 28, you can call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Between March 1 and Aug. 31, services are available from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT. You will be emailed a Certificate of Appreciation with information about when and where the bird was banded. Your cooperation on reporting band numbers gives waterfowl and dove biologists a wealth of information useful in managing the resource to provide hunters with maximum recreational opportunities while protecting waterfowl and dove populations.