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Harvesting Out-of-state Deer

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Attention Deer Hunters

New Transport and Possession Regulations for Deer Being Harvested Out-of-State

Starting March 1, 2017

Help Prevent the Importation of Chronic Wasting Disease

New import regulations have been implemented in an effort to reduce the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Louisiana and 37 other states have implemented similar transport regulations in an effort to slow further spread. CWD has been discovered in 24 states and two Canadian provinces. Texas and Arkansas are the latest CWD positive states. CWD has not been detected in Louisiana

CWD is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy disease characterized by spongy degeneration of brain tissue resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death in members of the deer family. CWD is transmitted via oral ingestion of infectious prions which are shed through saliva, urine, feces and decaying carcasses. The prions are ingested by deer as they are exposed to infectious soil, plants or other materials. Hunters returning to Louisiana can help prevent the spread of CWD by complying with the new cervid carcass import regulation listed below.

Members of the family Cervidae include but are not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer, and reindeer.

New Regulations

No person shall import, transport or possess any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass 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 plates with antlers
  • cleaned skulls without tissue attached
  • capes
  • tanned hides
  • finished taxidermy mounts
  • cleaned cervid teeth

Any and all bones shall be disposed of in a manner where its final destination is at an approved landfill or equivalent. In addition, 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 (county and state) of harvest. All cervids transported into or through Louisiana that are in violation of the provisions of this ban shall be seized and disposed of in accordance with the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries rules and regulations.