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Sutton Agricultural Enterprises, Inc.
1044 Harkins Road

Salinas, CA 93901 USA
Phone: 866/280-6229 or 831/422-9693
Fax: 800/482-4240 or 831/422-4201
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Your source for pest bird control products and precision farm equipment for over 55 years.

Zon Propane Cannon

Electronic Zon Cannon
Zon Cannon Troubleshooting
Zon Cannon Models
Zon Cannon Diagrams
Propane Cannon Rental
Bird Bombs®
Bird Whistlers®
Shell Crackers

EPCD License Help

Bird Gard
RejeX-it Bird Repellents
Bird Control Netting
Visual Bird Control
Bird Control Price List

Deer Shield

Other Bird/Wildlife Control
Ortomec Harvesters
Harvester Accessories
HarvestStar Mini-Harvester
Harvester Belts & Blades
Stanhay Belt Planters
Stanhay Vacuum Planters
Stanhay Services
Gaspardo Vacuum Planters
MaterMacc Vacuum Planters
Seed Spider
Solex Seed Planters
Sutton Seeder
Sutton Jr. Mini Planters
Seed Ace Vacuum Seeder
Clean Seeder AP
Clean Seeder TP
EarthWay Garden Seeder
Stanhay Push Planter
Seed Spider Push Planter
Sutton Jr. Push Planter
Seed Ace Push Planter
Clean Seeder AP Push Planter
Clean Seeder TP Push Planter
EarthWay Push Planters
Checchi & Magli Transplanters
Struik / HOAF CultiClean
Struik CultiMac
Ortiflor Mulcher
Sutton Ag Stacker Bar
Custom Farm Equipment
Custom Planter Shoes
Fertech Applicators
Gandy Applicators
Measuring Devices
Marking Supplies
Sale/Promo Items
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms classifies Bird Bombs® and Shell Crackers as EPCDs (Explosive Pest Control Devices), and requires a federal explosives license/permit prior to purchase (applies to private/corporate users; government agencies are generally exempt from license requirement).

Sutton Ag's Bird Whistlers® are not classified as EPCDs.

Bird Bombs® are fired from a hand-held launcher.

Bird Bombs®.22 cal blanks15 mm Bird Bombs®

Shell Crackers are fired from a 12-gauge shotgun.

Shell Crackers12 ga. Shell Crackers

Shell Cracker cartridge
12 ga. Shell Cracker cartridge.
Bird Bomb cartridge
15-mm Bird Bomb® cartridge.

For more information about Bird Bombs® and Shell Crackers, visit our Bird Control Pyrotechnics page.
The Federal Explosives License or permit is commonly referred to as an "FEL". A Federal Firearms License (FFL) is NOT acceptable for purchase of these devices.

To apply for an FEL:

  • Go to:
    and download "ATF Form 5400.13".
  • Submit your completed application, 2-inch photo(s), fingerprint card(s), and applicable fee to the ATF at the address listed at the top of page 6. The application will be referred to the nearest ATF field office for review and facility inspection. You should be contacted in 30 -60 days
  • Our tips for completing form 5400.13 (as applies to Bird Bombs® and Shell Crackers only) :
    • Page 1, items 1-10: To obtain a fingerprint identification card, ATF directs you to inquire with your local law enforcement agency.
    • Page 2, item 11: Enter your (and/or your employees') personal information as indicated.
    • Page 3, item 12: Decide which license/permit you are applying for, check the "Other" box, and enter "EPCD" on the blank line. We recommend the $100 "User of Explosives" permit (see permit comparison below).
      • Permit comparison:
        • "User of Explosives"
          Fee is $100. Good for 3 years, renewable for $50. Upon approval, send a copy of your permit to Sutton Ag. Your purchases of Bird Bombs® or Shell Crackers will be valid until the permit expires.
        • "User (Limited) of Explosives"
          Fee is $75. Good for 1 year, not renewable. Upon approval, you'll receive your permit coupons allowing up to 6 purchases in 1 year. We've found the coupon system is complicated and requires even more recordkeeping.
        • "Limited Permit (Intrastate Only)"
          Fee is $25. Good for 1 year, renewable for $12. This permit also allows for 6 purchases within the year, but must be purchased and used within the state. To buy from Sutton Ag, this is only an option of you reside in California. We've found the coupon system is complicated and requires even more recordkeeping.
    • Page 3, item 13: Inquire with your local authorities.
    • Page 5/Explosives Storage Magazine Description Worksheet: If you plan to store your Bird Bombs® or Shell Crackers in one of Sutton Ag's EPCD Storage Magazines, we will provide a partially completed magazine description worksheet. You will only need to add your personal information as indicated. If you plan to use a magazine not supplied by Sutton Ag, we can help you complete the worksheet (your local ATF office can also help).

Sutton Ag is the U.S. exclusive distributor of Bird Bombs® and Bird Whistlers® pyrotechnic bird control devices / explosive pest control devices.

All pyrotechnic devices (Bird Bombs®, Bird Whistlers®, Shell Crackers) purchased from Sutton Agricultural Enterprises, Inc. are to be used for bird control / wildlife pest control only. Any other use is strictly prohibited.

You must comply with all federal, state, and local regulations before purchasing these products.

The buyer(s) and user(s) of these devices must be qualified personnel 21 years of age or older.

Effective May 25, 2012.

100 blanks are included with purchase of Bird Whistlers100 Bird Whistlers with blanksSingle Bird Whistler cartridgeBird Whistler 15mm EPCD cartridgeBird Bomb/Bird Whistler launcherBird Whistler 15mm EPCD cartridge.22 cal. Blanks for Bird Bombs & Bird WhistlersSingle Shot Launcher for Bird Bombs & Bird Whistlers Double Barrel Launcher for Bird Bombs & Bird Whistlers Shell Cracker cartridgeShell Cracker explosive pest control deviceBird Whistlers explosive pest control deviceBird Bombs explosive pest control deviceBird Bomb/Bird Whistler launcherBird Bomb 15mm EPCD cartridgeBird Bomb® cartridge