Statewide CWD Regulations


Below are statewide hunting regulations intended to limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Regulations specific to the CWD Surveillance Areas can be found on the CWD Surveillance Area Regulations page.


Use of Natural Deer Attractants/Scents While Hunting


Session Law 2021-176 PDF

No person shall possess or use any substance or material that contains or is labeled as containing any excretion collected from a cervid, including feces, urine, blood, gland oil, or other bodily fluid for the purposes of taking or attempting to take, attracting, or scouting wildlife. This prohibition shall not apply to the following substances:

  • Synthetic products that are labeled as such.
  • Products containing natural substances collected by a hunter from a cervid legally harvested in North Carolina.
  • Natural deer urine and other substances collected from a facility in North Carolina with a valid Farmed Cervid License from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) and identified/labeled as such.
  • Products labeled as participating in the Responsible Hunting Scent Association’s Deer Protection Program.


Additional restrictions on the possession and use of cervid excretions apply within CWD Surveillance Areas and can be found on the CWD Surveillance Area Regulations page. 


Rules for Importation of Deer Carcasses and Carcass Parts

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Importation of whole cervid (e.g., deer, elk, moose, or reindeer/ caribou carcasses from any state, Canadian province, or foreign country outside of North Carolina is prohibited. Anyone transporting cervid carcass parts into North Carolina may only import:

  • Meat that has been boned out such that no pieces or fragments of bone remain;
  • Caped hides with no part of the skull or spinal column attached;
  • Antlers, antlers attached to cleaned skull plates, or cleaned skulls free from meat, or brain tissue;
  • Cleaned lower jawbone(s) with teeth or cleaned teeth; or
  • Finished taxidermy products and tanned hides.

All cervid carcass part(s) or container(s) of cervid meat or carcass parts must be labeled or identified with:

  • Name and address of individual importing carcass parts;
  • State, Canadian province, or foreign country of origin;
  • Date the cervid was killed; and
  • Hunter’s license number, permit number, or equivalent identification from the state, Canadian province, or foreign country of origin.