Can You Hunt Pigeons Without a License?

If you are dealing with nuisance pigeons on your property, you have likely thought about how to get rid of them. During your brainstorming, one factor you might have considered is whether or not it is legal to trap, hunt, and kill pigeons on your own property without a hunting license or permit. The answer to this question is wide-ranging, and differs from state to state. Overall, it depends on the local ordinances of your particular county. In most states, you can legally trap and kill pigeons on your property. There are, however, certain exceptions and details to these laws that you should be aware of before attempting to hunt feral pigeons, especially because you do not want to mistakenly harm a homing pigeon. 

Continue reading to learn more about safe pigeon removal and control, including information regarding hunting laws and regulations in Indiana.

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Wild Pigeons

Also called city pigeons, city doves, street pigeons, and feral pigeons, wild pigeons are a breed of bird species that inhabit our towns and tall buildings in abundant numbers.  Their high flock counts can result in massive acres of bird dropping mess, relentless cooing, and breeding frenzies.  These birds are noted by their dull grey color, stout bodies, and short necks.  Common cities known for their copious pigeon populations include Indianapolis, New York, Chicago, London, and Venice.

Feral pigeons are intimidating to residents and building owners for the reasons mentioned above, as well as disease.  Illnesses such as the bird flu have been rumored to be carried by pigeons; but statistics proved this to be wrong, and pigeons do not carry the particular viral strain.  Mostly, these birds are simply loud and messy.  They can be hunted, captured, and taken anytime in the United States without a permit.

Do Not Hunt or Harm Homing Pigeons

Homing pigeons are a special breed of pigeon derived from a species called the Rock Pigeon. They are not allowed to be killed, hunted, or harmed in any way. Homing pigeons are selectively bred to find their way home from far away locations. They have been used for military purposes, sports and recreation, such as pigeon racing; and much more.   hey are a protected species of pigeon that cannot be trapped or hunted without penalty. Homing pigeons are also called carrier and messenger pigeons.

What You Need to Know About Pigeon Trapping

Be sure to use extreme caution and care when attempting to trap or hunt pigeons. Look up your local ordinances and laws pertaining to hunting regulations and rules surrounding firearm use. Air guns are a great substitution for anything more dangerous than a pellet gun. Poisons are not a good idea because they can be harmful to pets and other innocent wild animals.

A more humane solution to pigeon control is using bird traps to relocate pigeons far from your property. Although, those who have dealt with pigeon populations in the past know that the easiest and safest option is to hire a licensed Indianapolis wildlife control company to get rid of nuisance birds on your property.

Indianapolis Bird Removal and Control Services

Call Modern Wildlife Control at 317-847-6409 for professional animal trapping and removal services for birds in Indianapolis, Indiana and its surrounding counties. We work with all other species of Indiana wildlife too, including bats, skunks, opossum, yard moles, and squirrels. We also offer cleanup services and restoration and repair for animal damages, and can even provide insurance claim work. Start with a free estimate or advice, today!

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