California Food Preservation Facility Laws

California food preservation facility laws and California hunter services

Here, we fetch up summaries of major California food preservation facility laws. Under federal law, migratory bird preservation facilities include individuals, taxidermists, cold storage facilities, and food lockers, in the business of “preserving” migratory birds. Under California law, commercial preservation facilities also include people in the business of cleaningprocessing, or storing game birds (e.g. a hunting club that picks, cleans, freezes, processes, stores or ships birds belonging to its members).


    1. American Crows.
    2. Daily Bag Limits.
    3. Identification.
    4. Inspections.
    5. Record Keeping.
    6. Tags.

American Crows

California food preservation facility laws for crows.
California food preservation facility laws for crows.

Anyone that kills an American Crow must maintain custody between the place where it was killed and the Migratory Bird Preservation Facility. The same is true if delivering it to other places (e.g. common carrier, person place of abode, post office). See 14 CCR § 485(c).


Daily Bag Limit

In general, it’s illegal to deliver more than your Daily Bag Limit of Migratory Birds to a Migratory Bird Preservation Facility. See 50 CFR § 20.35 and 20.63 re importers.



California food preservation facility laws for species identification.
California food preservation facility laws for species identification.

Under federal law, it’s illegal to deliver Migratory Game Birds to a Migratory Bird Preservation Facility without the head or one fully feathered wing attached. There are exceptions for Doves, which must have a fully feathered wing attached. Under State law, the same is true for all Game Birds delivered to a commercial preservation facility. See 50 CFR § 20.43 [federal law] and 14 CCR § 251.7(b) [California law].



Migratory Bird Preservation Facilities must allow inspection of the facility and records by any person authorized to enforce these regulations. They can enter at all reasonable hours. They can inspect anywhere the operations are carried out. See 50 CFR § 20.83 and Records below.


Record Keeping

Hunting Clubs

Hunting Clubs may be exempt from the record keeping required for Migratory Bird Preservation Facilities (see below). They’re are exempt unless it fully processes migratory birds by removing both the head and wings. See 50 CFR § 20.82(b).

Migratory Bird Preservation Facilities

Migratory Bird Preservation Facility are not allowed to take custody of an Migratory Game Bird without accurately recording the information below. The records must be maintained at the facility for at least one year after the last entry. See 50 CFR § 20.82.

    1. Name from the person that delivered the bird.
    2. Number of each species.
    3. Location where the bird was taken.
    4. Date when the birds were received.
    5. Address and name of the person to whom the birds were delivered.
    6. Date the birds were disposed of.



California food preservation facility laws for tagging requirements.
California food preservation facility laws for tagging requirements.

When migratory game birds are received by and in custody of the facility, all birds must be proper tags signed by the hunter and attached to the birds, including the– See. 50 CFR § 20.81 and 50 CFR § 20.36.

    1. Hunter’s name and address
    2. Total number and species of birds, and
    3. Date such birds were killed.


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