North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Cervid Carcass Importation and Exportation Regulations

Planning a hunting trip outside your home state? Due to the threat of deer diseases, particularly chronic wasting disease (CWD), each state in the United States of America has set in place various cervid* carcass importation and/or exportation regulations for cervid carcasses and carcass parts. This page is to help you find information on every state's regulations to help you with your hunting experience and to continue to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease. If traveling through more than one state, read each of the state's importation and exportation regulations as well as your final destination's. For more information on chronic wasting disease, visit cwd-info.org.

*Cervid species include white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou/reindeer, red deer, sika deer, axis deer, and fallow deer.

Regulations by State

Cervid Carcass Regulation Map

Click image for full PDF. Map provided by Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Alabama

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Hunting Regulations (PDF)

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

The importation of carcass parts of any member of the family Cervidae, including but not limited to deer, elk, moose and caribou, is prohibited from those states, territories, and foreign countries where the occurrence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been confirmed by either the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). For more information, read Alabama's Regulations (PDF).

Alaska

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

Caribou Hunting Regulations

Moose Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

The importation of whole carcasses and carcass parts from cervidae (including mule deer, white-tailed deer, black-tailed deer and elk) and other CWD susceptible species into the state of Alaska is banned. Importation of carcass parts from such species is restricted to:

De-boned or processed meat that has been cut and wrapped commercially or privately;

Quarters or other meat portions with no spinal column, including dorsal root ganglion, or head attached;

Hides with no head attached;

Clean and disinfected skull plates or whole skull (European mount), with no meat or nervous tissue attached;

Antlers with no meat or tissue attached;

Teeth; and

Taxidermy mounts or trophies.

A person who is notified that a carcass imported into the state tested positive for chronic wasting disease shall report these findings to the state veterinarian not later than seven days after receiving notification. For more information, read the Alaska Enviromental Conservation: Animal Health (18 AAC 36.175.; PDF).

Arizona

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations (PDF)

Elk Hunting Regulations (PDF)

CWD Information (PDF)

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

Arizona Game and Fish Commission allows an individual to possess, transport, or import only the following portions of cervids lawfully taken in another state or country:

Boneless portions of meat, or meat that has been cut and packaged;

Clean hides and capes with no skull or soft tissue attached;

Antlers, clean skull plates or skulls with antlers attached with no meat or soft tissue remaining;

Finished taxidermy mounts or products (hunters may ship their harvested animal to a
taxidermist); and

Upper canine teeth with no meat or tissue attached

Do not bring the brain, intact skull, or spinal column of deer or elk harvested in another state back into Arizona. For more information, read Chronic Wasting Disease (PDF).

Arkansas

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

In 2005, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) adopted regulations to increase protection against chronic wasting disease entering the state via infected cervid carcasses. The following items are the only parts allowed to be imported, transported or possessed in Arkansas from any cervid harvested outside the boundaries of Arkansas (with the exception of deer harvested within Mississippi River levee system in Mississippi or Tennessee):

Antlers and/or antlers attached to clean skul plate or cleaned skuls (all tissue removed)

Meat with all bones removed

Cleaned teeth

Finished taxidermy products

Hides or tanned products

Hunters are allowed to possess parts of deer and elk harvested from within commercial wildlife hunting resorts in Arkansas provided that a CWD sample is collected and sumitted to the AGFC. For more information, visit General Hunting Regulations.

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within the CWD Management Zone):

It is unlawful to import, transport or possess any part of a deer or elk from the CWD Management Zone* in any portion of the state outside the management zone, except:

Antlers and cleaned skulls

Meat with all bones removed

Cleaned teeth

Hides

Finished taxidermy products

For more information, visit General Hunting Regulations.

*CWD Management Zone: Boone, Carroll, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy, Van Buren, and Yell counties.

California

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

The importation of cervid carcasses or carcass parts from any state is banned due to the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease. Only the following items allowed to be imported:

Quarters and other portions of meat with no spinal column (backbone, spinal cord, etc.) or head attached;

Hides with no heads attached;

Clean skull plates with antlers attached;

Antlers only;

Finished taxidermy heads;

And upper canine teeth.

For more information, visit Chronic Wasting Disease.

Colorado

CWD Status: Positive

 

Big Game Hunting Regulations (PDF)

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

In January 2008, Colorado Parks & Wildlife removed the ban on importing cervid carcasses or carcass parts from other states. Currently regulations on the transportation of harvested terrestrial wildlife in Colorado state:

Wildlife for which a carcass tag is required by statute or by Commission Regulation must have such tag properly attached to the wildlife unless the wildlife consists of twenty (20) pounds or less of big game meat and is accompanied by a donation certificate.

Processed big game meat shall be accompanied by the carcass tag, or in the case of donated meat a donation certificate.

Except as provided by subsection four (4) below, wildlife for which no carcass tag is required must be personally accompanied by the license holder.

Wildlife shipped by common carrier must be accompanied by either the license, a photo copy of the license, or appropri¬ate carcass tag, and if applicable, a donation certificate.

Evidence of sex regulations as provided in #003 shall apply while transporting any wildlife except for processed big game meat.

For more information, read the Colorado Big Game Brochure (PDF).

Connecticut

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

No person shall import or possess whole carcasses or carcass parts of any deer, moose, or elk from wild or captive herds from other states or Canadian Provinces where chronic wasting disease has been confirmed. Any states and provinces where chronic wasting disease is confirmed will be published in the Department's annual Hunting and Trapping Guide and on the Department's website. This provision shall not apply to meat that's de-boned, cleaned skullcaps, hides or taxidermy mounts.

For more information, visit Chronic Wasting Disease.

Delaware

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

It is unlawful to import or possess any cervid carcass or carcass parts originating from a state, Canadian province, country or any portion of the aforementioned jurisdictions thereof as determined by the Division, in which Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in free-ranging or captive Cervids. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following parts may be imported into the state:

Boned-out meat that is cut and wrapped;

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or skull attached;

Hides or capes with no skull attached;

Clean (no meat or tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached;

Antlers (with no meat or tissue attached);

Upper canine teeth (buglers, whistlers, or ivories); and

Finished taxidermy products.

Any person who imports into Delaware any deer carcass or parts described in subsection and is notified that the animal has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease must report the test results to the department within 72 hours of receiving the notification. In order to facilitate the proper disposal of any infected material, the department may take into possession any imported carcass or carcass part of an animal if the animal has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. For more information, read State of Delaware Deer Regulations.

Florida

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

It is illegal to bring into Florida carcasses any species of the family Cervidae (e.g. deer, elk and moose) from any state or province where CWD has been detected. The only parts allowed to be imported into Florida are:

Deboned meat;

Taxidermy mounts;

Hides;

Skulls, antlers, and teeth (as long as all soft tissue has been removed).

Whole, bone-in carcasses and parts are permitted to be brought back to Florida if they were harvested from non-affected CWD states. Form more information, visit Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Georgia

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

To protect Georgia's deer herd, the importation of whole carcasses or parts are prohibited from any CWD positive state or Canadian province. If you harvest a white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose or caribou in a state having a documented case of CWD, you may bring back only the following carcass parts:

Boned-out meat;

Processed cuts of meat;

Clean skull plates with antlers attached (not the entire skull);

Clean antlers;

Finished taxidermy mounts; and

Clean upper canine teeth (aka buglers, ivories, whistlers).

For more information, visit Deer Hunting Regulations.

Hawaii

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Hunting Regulations

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

Hawaii currently does not have a ban on importation of cervid carcasses or parts.

Idaho

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations / Controlled Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations / Controlled Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

Idaho currently does not have a ban on importation of cervid carcasses or parts. Hunters are cautioned to know and comply with regulations of the state in which they are hunting in.

Illinois

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

The importation of hunter-harvested deer and elk carcasses into Illinois is prohibited, except for:

Deboned meat, antlers, antlers attached to skull caps, hides, upper canine teeth (also known as “buglers”, “whistlers”, or “ivories”). Skull caps shall be cleaned of all brain and muscle tissue;

Finished taxidermist mounts; and

Carcasses or parts of carcasses with the spinal column or head attached may be transported into the State only if they are submitted to a licensed meat processor or a licensed taxidermist for processing within 72 hours after entry; licensed meat processors and taxidermists shall dispose of inedible tissue not exempted in subsection (a) in a properly permitted landfill or with a renderer.

AGENCY NOTE: Nothing in this Part shall prevent renderers regulated under the Illinois Dead Animal Disposal Act [225 ILCS 610] with Class A or B licenses from transporting cervid carcasses or parts into the State for the purpose of rendering. For more information, read the Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations (PDF).

Indiana

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

The following requirements apply to all cervid species that have been found to carry chronic wasting disease (CWD) and those species that can successfully mate with potentially infected animals. These rules apply to their hybrids as well. Currently, the rule applies to elk and wapiti, as well as the following deer: red, Sika, Japanese, spotted (and their crosses), mule and whitetails. All listed cervids, regardless of their state of origin and whether the animal was obtained from a farmed facility or in the wild, are included in this rule.

 

Only the following may be imported into Indiana:

Cervid carcasses or carcass parts if no portion of the following materials are attached or otherwise included in the movement:

The head;

The spinal cord; and

The small intestine.

Cervid carcasses or carcass parts that include the materials listed above if they are delivered within seventy-two (72) hours after entry to one (1) of the following:

A meat processor inspected under state or federal regulations;

A commercial deer processor registered with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources under their rules;

A taxidermist licensed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources under their rules.

A person may move the following parts into the state:

Antlers, including antlers attached to skull caps, if the skull cap is cleaned of all brain and muscle tissue;

Hides;

Upper canine teeth; and

Finished taxidermist mounts.

The rule contains additional provisions for imports directly to rendering and laboratories for diagnostic and testing purposes and research, with permission from the State Veterinarian. For more information, visit Cervid Carcasses, Meat, Parts Hunted Out-of-State.

Iowa

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Nonresident Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

The importation of cervid carcasses or carcass parts into Iowa from a CWD endemic area is prohibited, except for:

Meat from which all bones have been removed,

Cape,

And antlers (antlers may be attached to a clean skull plate from which all brain tissue has been removed).

Additionally, a person licensed by Iowa's Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to use or dispose of dead animal bodies shall not bring into the state a carcass from an area with a "significant prevalence" of CWD unless approval is granted by the state vet. For more information, read Iowa Administrative Codes 104.21 and 167.22.

Kansas

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:


Kansas currently does not have a ban on importation of cervid carcasses or parts. However, hunters are strongly urged to practice care when moving deer carcasses from Kansas DMUs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 17 and from other areas where CWD is known to occur. For more information, visit CWD Regulations for Kansas and Other States.

Kentucky

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife promulgate administrative regulations governing the buying, selling, or transporting of wildlife. A person shall not import or possess a whole cervid carcass or carcass part from an infected area without that has any part of the spinal column or head attached such as boned out meat, quarters and meat portions. A person may also possess the following inedible parts of a legally taken cervid carcass from an infected area:

Antlers;
Antlers that are attached to a clean skull plate;
A clean skull;
Clean upper canine teeth;
A finished taxidermy product; or
The hide.

A licensed taxidermist or deer processor may accept a cervid head with an intact skull, spinal column, or spinal column part originating from an infected area if the taxidermist or deer processor contacts the department within forty-eight (48) hours after receiving the cervid head, spinal column, or spinal column part and provides to the department the hunter’s:

Name; and
Address; and
Transfers all spinal column parts and the skull with the intact brain to the department once the skull plate has been removed.

For more information, visit Deer Hunting Regulations.

Louisiana

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information (PDF)

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

No person shall import, transport or possess any cervid carcass or carcass part originating outside of Louisiana, except for:

Meat that is cut and wrapped;

Meat that has been boned out;

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Antlers;

Clean skull plate with antlers;

Clean skull plates without tissue attached;

Capes;

Tanned hides;

Finished taxidermy mounts; and

Cleaned cervid teeth.

Anny and all bones shall be disposed of in a manner where its final destination is an approved landfill or equivalent. Approved parts or deboned meat transported from other states must be legally possessed from the state it was taken. Approved parts and deboned meat from other states must contain a possession tag with the hunter's name, out-of-state license number (if required), address, species, date and location (country and state) of harvest. For more information, read the Cervid Carcass Importation (PDF).

Maine

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Moose Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
It is illegal for hunters, who travel to any other states and provinces to hunt deer, elk, caribou or moose, to transport any carcass parts that pose a risk of containing CWD prions with the exception of New Hampshire, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland/Labrador. Hunters may return to Maine only with:

boned-out meat,

hardened antlers (with or without skull caps),

hides without the head portion, and

finished taxidermy mounts.

If still attached, skull caps should be cleaned free of brain and other tissues. At this time, no state or province can claim to be free of CWD. Accordingly, this regulation against importing potentially high-risk carcass parts applies to wild deer, caribou, moose or elk taken in any state and province outside Maine, (with the exception of New Hampshire, Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland/Labrador) and to cervids killed in commercial hunting preserves everywhere. For more information, visit Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Maryland

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

A person may not import a whole carcass of a dead deer, elk, or moose into Maryland from another state or province's designated CWD containment, surveillance, or management area, unless the final destination of the carcass is within the Maryland CWD Management Area or with a CWD-approved Maryland processor or taxidermist. Travelers may pass through any part of Maryland with whole carcasses from other state/province CWD areas if the carcasses will not remain in the state for more than 24 hours, and no parts are disposed of or remain in the state. A person may import only the following parts of a carcass into Maryland if the final destination is within the state but outside the CWD Managemant Area:

meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

hind quarters and front shoulders with no spinal column or backbone attched;

meat without backbone;

cleaned hide with no head atteched;

skull plate cleaned of all meat and brain tissue;

antlers with no meat or soft tissue attached;

upper canine teeth, also known as buglers, whistlers, or ivories; and

finished taxidermy mount or tanned hides.

Any person who imports or prossesses a cervid or part of a cervid that was tested for CWD is another state or province and is notified that the cervid tested positive, muct report the test results to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources within 24 hours of receiving the notice. For more information, visit Deer Hunting Regulations.

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within the CWD Management Area):

Due to the detection of CWD in Allegany County, DNR has implemented a number of measures to prevent the unintentional spread of CWD to other locations in Maryland or surrounding states. The changes outlined below apply only to the CWD Management Area* (CWDMA), regardless of whether it was taken on private or public land. Whole deer carcasses or deer parts cannot be transported out of the CWDMA, except for:

Meat with no part of the spinal column; backbone, or head attached;

Hind quarters and front shoulders with no spinal column or backbone attached;

Cleaned hide with no head attached;

Skull plate cleaned of all meat and brain tissue;

Antlers with no meat or soft tissue attached;

Finished taxidermy mounts or tanned hides; and

Whole deer carcasses or parts being transported directly to the meat processors and taxidermists listed here or on the DNR website, or to lined landfills within Allegany County or Washington County.

For more information, visit Deer Hunting Regulations.

 

*CWD Management Area: all of Allegany County and Harvest Management Unit 250 in western Washington County.

Massachusetts

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
No person shall possess, transfer, process, receive or import into Massachusetts carcasses or carcass parts from deer or other member of the family Cervidae from any state, province or country within which CWD has been identified in either wild or captive deer or other cervids, as determined by the director in consultation with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with the exception of:

Meat which has been cut and wrapped (commercially or privately),

Deboned meat,

Hides with no head attached,

Cleaned skull caps (no muscle or brain tissue attached) with attached antlers,

Antlers with no muscle or brain tissue attached,

Fixed taxidermy mounts, or

Upper canine teeth (also known as "buglers", "whistlers", or "ivories").

The importation of brains, spinal columns, or any meat or parts containing brain or spinal column tissue is expressly prohibited. For more Information, visit Regulations Relating to Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Michigan

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

No cervid carcass or carcass part may be imported into Michigan, with the exception of:

Hides;

Deboned meat;

Quarters or other parts of a cervid that do not have any part of the spinal cord or head attached;

Finished taxidermy products;

Cleaned teeth;

Antlers; and

Antlers attached to a skullcap cleaned of brain and muscle tissue.

If you are notified by another state or province that a deer, elk, or moose you brought into Michigan tested positive for CWD, you must contact the DNR Wildlife Disease Lab within two business days (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 517-336-5030 and provide details. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture may have regulations on importation from Canada; contact them at 301-851-3300. For more information, visit Guides and Digests.

Minnesota

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

Moose Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
Hunters may only bring the following parts into Minnesota, regardless of where the animal was harvested outside of the state:

Meat that is boned out or that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately);

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Hides and teeth;

Antlers or clean (no brain tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached;

Finished taxidermy mounts; and

Nonresidents transporting whole or partial carcasses on a direct route through Minnesota are exempt from this restriction.

For more information, read the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook (PDF).

Mississippi

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

It is unlawful to import, transport, or possess any portion of a cervid carcass originating from any state, territory, or foreign country where the occurrence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been confirmed by either the state wildlife agency, state agriculture agency, state veterinarian, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). This rule shall not apply to the importation of:

Meat from cervids that has been completely deboned;

Antlers, antlers attached to cleaned skull plates or cleaned skulls where no tissue is attached to the skull;

Cleaned teeth;

Finished taxidermy and antler products;

Hides and tanned products;

Any portions of white-tailed deer originating from the land between the Mississippi River levees in Arkansas.

For the purpose of this rule, cervids include any member of the Cervidae family, including white-tailed deer, elk, moose, red deer, sika deer, fallow deer, mule deer and caribou. For more information, visit the MDWFP Deer Program.

Missouri

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

The importation, transportation, or possession of cervid carcasses or cervid carcass parts taken from or obtained outside of Missouri is prohibited, except for:

Meat that is cut and wrapped;

Meat that has been boned out;

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Hides or capes from which all excess tissue has been removed;

Antlers;

Antlers attached to skull plates or skulls cleaned of all muscle and brain tissue;

Upper canine teeth;

And finished taxidermy products.

Carcasses or parts of carcasses with the spinal column or head attached may be transported into the state only if they are reported to an agent of the department within twenty-four (24) hours of entering the state and then taken to a licensed meat processor or taxidermist within seventy-two (72) hours of entry. Licensed meat processors and taxidermists shall dispose of the discarded tissue in a properly permitted landfill.

For more information, read Wildlife Code of Missouri, page 8 (PDF).

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within the CWD Management Zone):

There are no restrictions on cervid carcass exports. However, deer hunters are encouraged to avoid moving whole deer carcasses outside of the CWD Management Zone*. Decrease the risk of spreading CWD by moving only these deer parts:

Meat that is cut and wrapped
Meat that has been boned out
Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spine or head attached
Hides or capes from which all excess tissue has been removed
Antlers, including antlers attached to skull plates or skulls cleaned of all muscle and brain tissue
Finished taxidermy products

For more information, visit Deer Regulations.

 

*CWD Management Zone: Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Crawford, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, St. Charles, St. Louis, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan, Washington, and Warren.

Montana

CWD Status: Positive

 

Hunting Regulations

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

It is unlawful to transport into Montana the whole carcass or certain carcass parts of white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose or elk from states or provinces with documented occurrences of CWD in wild populations or on private game farms. Those states and provinces currently include Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Only the following carcass parts may be transported into Montana from the states listed above:

Meat that is cut and wrapped;

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Meat that has been boned out;

Hides with no heads attached;

Clean (no meat or tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached;

Antlers with no meat or tissue attached;

Upper canine teeth, also known as "buglers", "whistlers" or "ivories";

Finished head, partial body or whole body mounts already prepared by a taxidermist.

Keep in mind that "Evidence of Sex Requirements" must always be met when transporting any of these parts into Montana. Questions concerning carcass transport may be directed to FWP Enforcement at 406-444-2452 or to your home state's wildlife division. For more information, visit Hunting Regulations.

Nebraska

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Big Game Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
Nebraska currently does not have a ban on importation of cervid carcasses or carcass parts.

Nevada

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

Nevada currently does not have a ban on importation of cervid carcasses or parts.

New Hampshire

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Moose Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

No person shall import into the state any hunter killed cervid carcass or parts of a cervid carcass from CWD positive jurisdictions except for:

De-boned meat;

Antlers;

Antlers attached to skull caps from which all soft tissue has been removed;

Upper canine teeth, also known as buglers, whistlers or ivories, from which all soft tissues has been removed;

Hides or capes with no part of head attached;

Finished taxidermy mounts; or

Tissues prepared and packaged for use by diagnostic or research laboratories.

For more information, visit Facts About Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

New Jersey

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

It is illegal to bring carcasses and carcass parts of deer, elk or moose into New Jersey from states and Canadian provences confirmed with CWD. It is safe and legal to bring the following deer parts to New Jersey from areas where CWD is present:

Meat that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately);

Quarters or other portions of meat to which no part of the spinal column is attached;

Meat that has been deboned;

Hides with no heads attached;

Finished taxidermy heads;

Antlers with no tissue attached;

Clean skull plates with no lymphoid or brain tissue attached;

Clean skulls with no lymphoid or brain tissue attached;

Upper canine teeth (also known as buglers, whistlers or ivories).

For more information, visit Guidance to NJ Residents Who Hunt Deer, Elk or Moose in States Where CWD is Present.

New Mexico

CWD Status: Positive

 

Hunting Regulations

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within Units 19, 28 and 34):
It is unlawful to transport dead deer, elk or their parts taken from any chronic wasting disease (CWD) control area designated by the Director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The exceptions are:

Meat that is cut and wrapped either privately or commercially within the control area;

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the head or spinal column attached;

Meat that has been boned out;

Hides with no heads attached;

Clean skull plates with antlers attached;

Antlers with no meat or tissue attached; and

Finished heads mounted by a taxidermist within the control area.

You may not remove the whole head and spinal column. You must keep proof of sex with all game species until transported where it will be consumed or placed in cold storage. For more information, read the New Mexico Hunting Rules and Info (PDF)

New York

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

No person shall import into New York or possess the brain, eyes, spinal cord, tonsils, intestinal tract, spleen, or retropharyngeal lymph nodes, or any portion of such parts, of wild, captive, or captive-bred deer, elk, or moose obtained from or taken outside New York, or any carcass containing such parts, except that:

1) such parts, or carcasses containing such parts, may be imported and possessed as specimens in a bona fide laboratory research study provided that such parts or specimens are disposed of in accordance with accepted laboratory practices;

2) such parts, or carcasses containing such parts, may be shipped or transported through New York;

3) such parts, or carcasses containing such parts, may be imported and possessed pursuant to bullet point 1) below.

No person shall import into New York or possess in New York the carcasses or parts of wild, captive, or captive-bred deer, elk, or moose obtained from or taken outside New York, except that:

1) carcasses and parts of wild deer, elk, or moose taken in the following states and provinces may be imported and possessed provided that all such carcasses and parts are marked with a legible label bearing the following information: the species of animal, the state, province, or country where the animal was taken, and the name and address of the person who took the animal.

(i) United States: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont;

(ii) Canada: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec;

2) carcasses and parts of wild deer, elk, or moose taken outside New York, except for those states and provinces listed above, may be imported and possessed provided that the parts listed in the first paragraph have been removed;

3) carcasses and parts of captive or captive-bred deer, elk, or moose taken or obtained from outside New York may be imported and possessed provided that the parts listed in the first paragraph have been removed;

4) any meat of wild deer, elk, or moose may be imported and possessed provided that such meat does not contain any parts listed in the first paragraph;

5) the following parts may be imported and possessed: the hide; the cape; the antlers; the cleaned skull-cap with antlers attached; finished taxidermy mounts; tanned hides; and the upper canine teeth; and

6) carcasses and parts may be transported and shipped through New York.

For more information, visit Part 189 Chronic Wasting Disease.

 

North Carolina

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

No cervid carcass or carcass part from any state or province where Chronic Wasting Disease occurs as identified by the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance shall be imported, transported, or possessed in North Carolina except as provided herein:

Meat that is cut and wrapped;

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Meat that has been boned out;

Caped hides;

Cleaned skull plates;

Antlers;

Cleaned teeth;

Finished taxidermy products.

Any cervid carcass, carcass part, or container of processed and packaged cervid meat imported from a state or province where Chronic Wasting Disease is known to occur shall be tagged identifying:

Hunter's name and address;

State or province of origin of any cervid carcass, carcass part, or container of processed and packaged cervid meat;

Date the cervid was killed and the hunter's hunting license number from the state or province of origin of any cervid carcass, carcass part, or container of processed and packaged cervid meat; and

Destination of the cervid carcass, carcass part or container of processed and packaged cervid meat within North Carolina.

For more information, read Deer Hunter Alert (PDF).

North Dakota

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

Moose Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

It shall be unlawful to transport into or within North Dakota the whole carcass or carcass parts of white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, elk, or members of the cervid family from areas within states, provinces or countries with documented occurrences of CWD in wild populations or from farmed cervid operations in states, proviences or countries with documented occurrences of CWD in wild populations or from farmed cervid operations in states, proviences or countries with documented occurrences of CWD in their farmed cervids except for the following portions of the carcass:

Meat that is cut and wrapped either commercially or privately;

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Meat that has been boned out;

Hides with no heads attached;

Clean (no meat or tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached;

Antlers with no meat or tissue attached;

Upper canine teeth, also known as "buglers," "whistlers," or "ivories;" and

Finished taxidermy heads.

For more information, visit Chronic Wasting Disease Proclamation (PDF).

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within Deer Hunting Unit 3F2 Only):

Any harvested cervids coming from Deer Hunting Unit 3F2 are hereby restricted pursuant to the regulations listed above, with the following exemptions:

Gutted deer carcasses can be transported out of the unit to a North Dakota meat processor but must be dome so within 5 days of the harvest date; or

Heads removed from the carcass and taken to a liscensed taxidermist or provided to North Dakota Game and Fish Department for submission for CWD surveillance purposes.

For more information, visit Chronic Wasting Disease Proclamation (PDF).

 

Ohio

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
No person shall possess all or any part of a cervid carcass from an area published by the division and posted on the Ohio division of wildlife website at wildohio.gov (click here) unless the carcass is kept in the area where legally taken, killed or processed, except when the cervidae carcass consists only of any of the following:

De-boned meat;

Meat that is cut and securely and completely wrapped either commercially or privately with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Antlers;

Antlers attached to a skull cap from which all soft tissue has been removed;

Upper canine teeth from which all soft tissue has been removed;

Hides and capes without any part of the head or lymph nodes attached;

Finished taxidermy mounts;

Any soft body tissue wrapped and packaged for use by a diagnostic research laboratory.

Any person may transport any cervid carcass or carcass part legally taken or processed from areas published by the division and posted on the Ohio division of wildlife website at wildohio.gov (click here) through Ohio provided the carcass or parts thereof is not off-loaded from the vehicle in which it entered the state. For more information, visit Diseases in Wildlife: Chronic Wasting Disease.

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within the Disease Surveillance Area 2015-01):

Regulations require hunters to bring deer carcasses harvested within the Disease Surveillance Area* (DSA) boundaries to an ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection station for sampling during the deer-gun and deer muzzleloader seasons; prohibits the placement of or use of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed to attract or feed deer within the DSA boundaries; prohibits hunting of deer by the aid of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed within the DSA boundaries; and prohibits the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle within the DSA boundaries unless the carcass complies with deer carcass restrictions.

Normal agricultural activities including feeding of domestic animals as well as hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants and agriculture crops are not prohibited.

Hunters harvesting deer during Ohio’s gun seasons within the DSA are required to deliver their deer to a carcass inspection station. Two locations have been designated as Carcass Inspection Stations for the deer-gun seasons and the deer muzzleloader season. Both locations will be open and staffed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the deer-gun and deer muzzleloader seasons.

Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) garage, 1800 South Washington Street, Millersburg, OH 44654.

Industrial Park, 8254 County Road 245, Holmesville, OH 44633.

Hunters will be asked to provide their 18-digit confirmation number from the game check process as well as the location where the deer was killed. Tissue samples will be taken and tested for CWD. Hunters are strongly encouraged to complete the game check process before proceeding to the inspection, but division staff will be able to assist with checking deer. Hunters that harvest a deer and wish to have it mounted will still need to bring their deer to a carcass inspection station. Samples will not be taken at the time, but staff will collect additional information so samples can be collected later.

Hunters who plan to hunt in the DSA are encouraged to consider having deer processed commercially to ensure high-risk carcass parts are properly disposed of. Hunters who plan to process their deer are strongly encouraged to double-bag all high-risk carcass parts and set them with household trash for pickup. For more information, visit Diseases in Wildlife: Chronic Wasting Disease.

 

*Disease Surveillance Are: Franklin and Clinton townships in Wayne County, and Ripley, Prairie, Salt Creek, Monroe, Hardy, Berlin, Killbuck and Mechanic townships, as well as the northeast portion of Richland Township (defined by the boundary of Twp. Road 36 to State Route 520 to Twp. Road 31 to U.S. Route 62) in Holmes County.

Oklahoma

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

Oklahoma currently does not have a ban on importation of cervid carcasses or parts.

Oregon

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
Except for the following parts, importation of a cervid carcass or carcass parts is prohibited if the cervid was killed in a state or province with a documented case of Chronic Wasting Disease:

Meat that is cut and wrapped commercially or privately;

Meat that has been boned out;

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Hides and/or capes with no head attached;

Skull plates with antlers attached that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue;

Antlers with no tissue attached;

Upper canine teeth (buglers, whistlers, ivories);

Finished taxidermy heads.

For more information, read the Game Mammal General Seasons and Regulations (PDF).

Pennsylvania

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

The importation of high-risk cervid carcass parts into Pennsylvania from other states where CWD is known to exist is banned. Low-risk carcass parts that may be brought into Pennsylvania, including:

Meat without the backbone,

Skull plate with attached antlers if no visible brain or spinal cord material is present,

Tanned hide or raw hide with no visible brain or spinal cord material present,

Cape if no visible brain or spinal cord material is present,

Upper canine teeth if no root structure or other soft material is present, and

Finished taxidermy mounts.

For more information, visit Chronic Wasting Disease.

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within the Deer Management Areas):

Transport out of any Pennsylvania DMA only low-risk parts, including:

Meat without the backbone,

Skull plate with attached antlers if no visible brain or spinal cord material is present,

Tanned hide or raw hide with no visible brain or spinal cord material present,

Cape if no visible brain or spinal cord material is present,

Upper canine teeth if no root structure or other soft material is present, and

Finished taxidermy mounts.

If you plan to hunt in CWD-positive areas, have your animal processed in the area of the state where it was harvested so high-risk body parts can be properly disposed of. For more information, visit Chronic Wasting Disease.

Rhode Island

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
No person shall import into Rhode Island or possess in Rhode Island the carcasses or parts of wild cervid taken in or originating from a Chronic Wasting Disease endemic area, or carcasses or parts of captive or captive-bred cervids from outside Rhode Island. Except that the following parts:

Meat may be imported and possessed provided that all such meat from an
individual animal shall be boned, cut up, packaged and wrapped and such
meat shall not be commingled with the meat of any other;

The hide or cape;

The skull-cap with antlers attached, free of blood and brain matter;

The antlers;

Finished taxidermy;

Tanned hides;

The upper canine; and

Fresh head and cape – in addition to the marking requirements below, the required tissue must be tested by a certified USDA laboratory and must be certified to be Chronic Wasting Disease free. This certification must be in writing and must be provided prior to importation of a fresh and cape into the state of Rhode Island.

All cervid carcasses and carcass parts imported into Rhode Island, or packages or containers containing such carcasses or carcass parts, shall be affixed with a legible label bearing the following information: the species of animal, the State, Province or Country where the animal was taken or where the shipment originated, the name of the person who took the animal or the name of the shipper, the address of the taker or shipper and, for transport through the State, the destination of the shipment. Hunter harvested carcasses, parts or meat taken outside Rhode Island shall also bear the marking, tagging or labeling required by the State where the animal was taken.

A person may transport or ship cervid carcasses or carcass parts through Rhode Island provided that all such carcasses and carcass parts are not disposed of in any manner or delivered to any person in Rhode Island and provided that all such carcasses and parts are marked as described above. For more information, read Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation, Feeding, and Baiting of Cervids in Rhode Island (PDF).

South Carolina

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

In an effort to protect against the spread of CWD into South Carolina, the following regulations have been adopted in regards to interstate transportation of hunter-harvest deer and elk. No person may import or possess a whole cervid carcass or carcass part from an infected state except for the following:

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Meat that has been boned out;

Hides with no heads attached;

Clean (no meat or tissue attached) skulls or skull plates with antlers attached;

Antlers (detached from the skull plate);

Clean upper canine teeth, also called “buglers,” “whistlers” or “ivories;”

And finished taxidermy heads.

Hunters traveling elsewhere should check with the wildlife agency in their destination state to determine its CWD status and to determine what restrictions the state may have on the movement of carcasses. For more information, visit Deer Hunting Regulations.

South Dakota

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

South Dakota currently does not have a ban on importation of cervid carcasses or parts.

Tennessee

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

CWD Information (PDF)

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
No person may import, transport, or possess in Tennessee a cervid carcass or carcass part from any area that has a known case of chronic wasting disease, except as provided herein:

Meat that has bones removed;

Antlers, antlers attached to cleaned skull plates, or cleaned skulls (where no meat or tissues are attached to the skull);

Cleaned teeth;

Finished taxidermy and antler products; and

Hides and tanned products.

For more information, visit CWD Carcass Importation Restrictions.

Texas

CWD Status: Positive

 

White-tailed Deer Hunting Regulations

Mule Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

No deer/elk carcasses or parts of carcasses can enter Texas from a state or country known to have CWD, with the exceptions of:

Cut quarters with all brain and spinal cord tissue removed
Boned meat
Cut and wrapped meat
Caped hides with skull not attached
Skull plate with antlers attached and cleaned of all soft tissue
Finished taxidermy products

The skinned or unskinned head of a susceptible species may be transported to a taxidermist, provided all brain material, soft tissue, spinal column and any unused portions of the head are disposed of in a landfill in Texas permitted by TCEQ. The deer head wavier form to transport the intact head may be obtained. For more information, read the Chronic Wasting Disease Management and Regulations for Hunters (PDF).

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within the CWD Management Zone):

No deer/elk carcasses or parts of carcasses can be transported out of a CWD Zone* in the Trans-Pecos or Panhandle with the exception of:

Cut quarters with all brain and spinal cord tissue removed
Boned meat
Cut and wrapped meat
Caped hides with skull not attached
Skull plate with antlers attached and cleaned of all soft tissue
Finished taxidermy products

The skinned or unskinned head of a susceptible species may be transported to a taxidermist, provided all brain material, soft tissue, spinal column and any unused portions of the head are disposed of in a landfill in Texas permitted by TCEQ. The deer head wavier form to transport the intact head may be obtained.

*CWD Zone: Trans-Pecos, Panhandle, and Medina County. For more information, read the Chronic Wasting Disease Management and Regulations for Hunters (PDF).

Utah

CWD Status: Positive

 

Big Game Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
The Division of Wilflife Resources has taken measures to prohibit the import of deer, elk and moose carcasses from known infection areas. Only the following parts of wild deer, elk and moose may be imported from designated infection areas from other states:

Meat that is cut and wrapped either commercially or privately;

Quarters or other portion of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Meat that is boned out;

Hides with no heads attached;

Skulls plates with antlers attached that have been cleaned of all meat and tissue;

Antlers with no meat or tissue attached;

Upper canine teeth known as buglers, whistlers or ivories; and

Finished taxidermy heads

It is unlawful to import dead mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, moose or their parts, except for the carcass parts listed above, from the states, provinces, game management units, equivalent wildlife management units, or counties list on the Division of WIldlife Resources webpage (click here). Additional areas may be added as necessary.

Non-residents transporting harvested deer, elk, or moose carcasses through Utah may do so if they do not stay in Utah more than 24 hours, do not leave any part of the animal carcass in Utah, and do not have their deer, elk, or moose processed in Utah. For more information, visit Chronic Wasting Disease in Utah.

Vermont

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Moose Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
Importing or possessing carcasses of legally taken deer or elk, or carcass parts of deer or elk, from states and Canadian provinces that have had Chronic Wasting Disease, or from captive hunt or farm facilities, is illegal except for:

Meat that is cut up, packaged and labeled with hunting license information and not mixed with other deer or elk during processing;

Meat that is boneless;

Hides or cape with no part of the head attached;

Clean skull-cap with antlers attached;

Antlers with no other meat or tissue attached;

Finished taxidermy heads; and

Upper canine teeth with no tissue attached.

For more information, visit Big Game Taken Outside Vermont.

Virginia

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

The following list is of U.S. states, portions of states, and Canadian provinces designated by Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fishers as CWD carcass-restriction zones; whole carcasses and specific high-risk carcass parts from cervids (i.e., deer (white-tailed, mule, black-tailed, fallow, sika, etc.), elk, moose, or caribou) killed in any of the areas listed are prohibited from entering Virginia: Any enclosure in North America intended for deer or elk; Alberta; Arkansas; Colorado; Illinois; Iowa; Kansas; Allegany County, Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; New Mexico; New York; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Saskatchewan; South Dakota; Texas; Utah; Hampshire, Hardy and Morgan Counties, West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming. Carcass parts legally able to be transported into Virginia from any area included in the CWD carcass-restriction list:

Finished taxidermy products;

Boned-out cut and wrapped meat;

Quarters of meat with no spinal column or head;

Hides or capes with no skull attached;

Cleaned (no brain tissue attached) skull or skull plates with or without antlers attached;

Clean antlers with no meat or other tissues attached; and

Upper canine teeth.

To avoid citation or prosecution, all of the above must be labeled with species, state/province of origin, and name and contact information for the person who killed or owned the animal. For more information, visit Transporting Carcasses Into and Out of Virginia.

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within the Containment Area):

As of 2015, the CWD Containment Area (CA) encompasses all of Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, and Warren counties. Deer killed within any of these counties cannot be taken out of the CA unless they have been processed into one of the following forms:

Finished taxidermy products;

Boned-out cut and wrapped meat;

Quarters of meat with no spinal column or head;

Hides or capes with no skull attached;

Cleaned (no brain tissue attached) skull or skull plates with or without antlers attached;

Clean antlers with no meat or other tissues attached; and

Upper canine teeth.

All parts of deer killed within one of the four CA counties may be transported to any of the other three counties. For more information, visit Transporting Carcasses Within and Out of the Containment Area.

Washington

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

Moose Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
If you hunt deer, elk, or moose in the states or provinces listed on the Department of Fish and Wildlife (click here), only the following items may be imported to Washington to reduce the risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease:

Meat that has been de-boned in the state or province where it was harvested and is imported as boned-out meat;

Skulls and antlers, antlers attached to the skull plate, or upper canine teeth (bugler, whistlers, ivories) from which all soft tissue has been removed;

Hides or capes without heads attached;

Tissue imported for use by a diagnostic or research laboratory; and

Finished taxidermy mounts.

For more information, visit Important Notice to Washington State Hunters.

West Virginia

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations (PDF)

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
Hunters are prohibited from transporting cervid carcasses or carcass parts of any deer or elk from  all CWD-positive states, except for Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania; where it applies only to the state designated CWD containment area or CWD disease management areas, except for:

Boned out meat or quarters; and

Thoroughly cleaned skull plates and antlers.

For more information, read Chronic Wasting Disease Info (PDF).

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within the CWD Containment Area):
Hunters are prohibited from transporting cervid carcasses or carcass parts beyond the boundaries of Hampshire, Hardy and Morgan counties (shaded area) except for the following:

Meat that has been boned out;

Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Cleaned hide with no head attached;

Clean skull plate (no meat or tissue attached) with antlers attached;

Antlers with no meat or tissue attached; and

Finished taxidermy mounts.

Hunters may transport whole cervid carcasses that were not killed inside Hampshire, Hardy and Morgan counties through the containment area. For more information, read Deer Hunting Regulations (PDF).

Wisconsin

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:
Whole carcasses and parts of carcasses from CWD positive states and provinces are not allowed into Wisconsin unless taken to a meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours of entry into Wisconsin or the following exceptions:

Meat that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately);

Quarters or other portions of meat to which no part of the spinal column is attached;

Meat that has been deboned;

Hides with no heads attached;

Finished taxidermy heads;

Antlers with no tissue attached;

Clean skull plates with no lymphoid or brain tissue attached;

Clean skulls with no lymphoid or brain tissue attached; and

Upper canine teeth (also known as buglers, whistlers or ivories).

For more information, visit Carcass Movement Restrictions.

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within the CWD-affected Counties):
The movement of both whole wild-deer carcasses and carcass parts from the CWD-affected counties (PDF) can only be moved within all of the CWD-affected counties and an adjacent county. However, hunters are allowed to take whole cervid carcasses or carcass parts harvested in the CWD-affected counties into any part of Wisconsin, provided the carcass or carcass parts are taken to a licensed taxidermist or meat processor within 72 hours of registering a Wisconsin deer. Meat processors and taxidermists are excluded since they must follow strict rules regarding waste disposal, thereby removing the risks associated with improper disposal.
Without being brought to a licensed taxidermist or meat processor the only parts from legally-harvested wild cervids from within the CWD-affected counties that may be transported beyond those deer management units adjacent to the CWD-affected counties include:

Meat that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately);

Quarters or other portions of meat to which no part of the spinal column is attached;

Meat that has been deboned;

Hides with no heads attached;

Finished taxidermy heads;

Antlers with no tissue attached;

Clean skull plates with no lymphoid or brain tissue attached;

Clean skulls with no lymphoid or brain tissue attached; and

Upper canine teeth (also known as buglers, whistlers or ivories).

For more information, visit Carcass Movement Restrictions.

Wyoming

CWD Status: Positive

 

Deer Hunting Regulations

Elk Hunting Regulations

Moose Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

No deer, elk or moose taken from any other state, province or country within areas designated by the appropriate jurisdictional agency as positive for CWD in either deer, elk or moose shall be imported into Wyoming. The Department requires that deer and elk hunters transport only the following items from areas where CWD is known to exist:

Cut and wrapped meat;

Boned meat;

Animal quarters or other pieces with no portion of the spinal column or head attached;

Hides without the heads;

Cleaned (no meat or other tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached; and

Antlers with no meat or other tissue attached.

The head, spine and other nervous tissue shall be left at the site of the kill or bagged and disposed of in an approved landfill. NOTE: Nothing in these requirements allows hunters to remove evidence of sex, species or horn or antler development as required in the regulations. For more information, visit Proper Carcass Disposal and Transport.

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within the CWD Hunt Areas):
No deer, elk or moose taken or possessed from any hunt area shall be transported to any other hunt area within Wyoming or to any other state, province or country. Deer, elk and moose carcasses harvested from any hunt area in Wyoming may be transported within Wyoming to a camp, a private residence for processing, a taxidermist, a processor, or a CWD sample collection site in Wyoming, provided the head and all portions of the spinal column remain at the site of the kill or such parts are disposed of in any approved landfill in Wyoming. Only the following parts of any deer, elk or moose harvested from any hunt area in Wyoming may be transported to any other hunt area in Wyoming:

Edible portions with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Cleaned hide without the head;

Skull plate or antlers that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue;

Teeth; or

Finished taxidermy mounts.

Only the following parts of any deer, elk or moose harvested from any hunt areas in Wyoming may be transported to other states, provinces or countries:

Edible portions with no part of the spinal column or head attached;

Cleaned hide without the head or skull plate;

Antlers that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue;

Teeth; or

Finished taxidermy mounts.

Whole deer, elk and moose carcasses harvested from any area shall not be transported out of Wyoming. NOTE: Nothing in these requirements allows hunters to remove evidence of sex, species or horn or antler development as required in the regulations. For more information, visit Proper Carcass Disposal and Transport.

Regulations for Canada

Alberta

CWD Status: Positive

 

Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

Currently, there currently is no legislated restriction on the transport of hunter-killed cervid carcasses into Alberta. However, hunters are asked to be aware of the CWD status of the area/jurisdiction where they are hunting and to abide by the recommendations for carcass transportation. For more information, read CWD Guidelines Deer Carcass Transportation and Handling (PDF).

 

Exportation of Animal Parts (Within At Risk Wildlife Management Units):

To contain the potential spread of CWD, only the following carcass parts may be transported out of At Risk Wildlife Management Units:

Quarters or portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached hind quarter with tag attached also has evidence of sex and species);

Boned-out meat (ensure the quarter with tag attached and evidence of sex and species does not get boned out);

Processed meat (commercially cut and wrapped);

Heads that will be submitted to a Fish and Wildlife office outside the CWD At Risk area;

Cleaned skull caps with antlers attached (no meat or tissue attached);

Antlers with no meat or tissue attached;

Hides with no heads attached; and

Finished taxidermy heads.

It is mandatory that all deer heads from deer harvested within the At Risk areas be submitted for CWD testing. For more information, read CWD Guidelines Deer Carcass Transportation and Handling (PDF).

Manitoba

CWD Status: Not Detected

 

Hunting Regulations 

Non-resident Hunting Regulations

CWD Information

 

Importation of Animal Parts:

No person shall possess, import or attempt to import a cervid, or a part from a cervid, that has been killed outside Manitoba, unless the head, hide, hooves, mammary glands, entrails, internal organs and spinal column have been removed. A person may possess or import:

The antlers and the connecting bone plate from a cervid if, before entering Manitoba, they are detached from the remainder of the skull and all hide and other tissue has been removed, and treated with a solution of not less than 2% chlorine;

An unprocessed hide or portion of a hide from a cervid if, before entering Manitoba, it is detached from the rest of the cervid, and no later than five days after entering Manitoba, it is delivered to a tanner or taxidermist to be processed, and from the time of entry into Manitoba until it arrives at its intended destination, it is stored in a waterproof container from which no fluid, tissue or hair can escape; or

A cervid, or a part of a cervid, that is processed before entering Manitoba.

A person can transport a cervid, or a part of a cervid, through Manitobato a destination elsewhere if it has been killed outside Manitoba in the part of Saskatchewan north of the 55th parallel of latitude and east of the 105th meridian of longitude, in the part of Ontario north of the 51st parallel of latitude, or in Nunavut or the Northwest Territories; and has not been prepared in the manner specified in the first paragraph. While in Manitoba, the cervid, or the part from the cervid, must be sealed in a waterproof container from which no fluid, tissue or hair can escape.

Unless written authorization has been obtained from the director, no person shall possess a substance that contains the urine, feces, saliva or scent glands of a cervid.

For more information, visit Notice to Hunters: Chronic Wasting Disease.

CWD Positive States and Provinces

These states and provinces have been identified to be chronic wasting disease (CWD) positive by the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance:

United States

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Canada

  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan

CWD has also been found in the Republic of Korea and Norway.

If there are any updates or changes needed to be made to the information provide, please contact merril.cook@ncwildlife.org.