New Rule Affects Transportation of Big Game Harvested in Other StatesThursday, September 08, 2016
JACKSON - Mississippians traveling out of state to hunt big
game this fall need to be aware of a new rule affecting the
transport of their trophy. In May 2016, the Commission on
Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks passed 40 Miss. Admin Code, Part 2,
Rule 2.7 Prohibition on Cervid Carcass Importation, to Protect
Mississippi from Chronic Wasting Disease. Chronic Wasting Disease
(CWD) is a fatal neurological disease that affects cervids and has
been found in 24 states and 3 foreign countries. A cervid is a
member of the deer family and includes white-tailed deer, mule
deer, elk, moose, caribou, red deer, sika deer, and fallow
Rule 2.7 states that 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 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
- 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
As of August 31, 2016, CWD has been confirmed in the following
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, and Wyoming.
Additionally, the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan,
Norway, and South Korea are CWD positive. CWD has not been found in
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
continues to monitor Mississippi for CWD. They ask for your
help by reporting any sick deer you observe. To report a sick
deer, please call 601-432-2199.
What do I need to do to the meat to bring it back from
one of these states?
All bones, including the spinal column must be removed from the
I want to have a taxidermist in Mississippi mount my
deer that I harvested in one of these states. Can I do
Yes, however you need to remove the cape and cut the skull plate
from off the head. All brain material and tissue needs to be
removed from the skull plate. We recommend contacting your
taxidermist before you go on your trip so they can tell you if
there are any additional measurements you will need.
I want to have a European skull mount of my trophy. How
can I do that?
All brain material, spinal column, and tissue must be removed
from the skull prior to transporting it back to Mississippi.
I am hunting in one of the states listed above, can I
get a local taxidermist in that state to mount my trophy for
Yes, you can bring back finished taxidermy product to
Can I bring a jawbone back to Mississippi?
Yes, as long as all meat and tissue is removed and cleaned from
Regulations in other states may be more restrictive. Be
sure to check the regulations in the states you will be hunting and
For more information on CWD, please visit the CWD Alliance
website at cwd-info.org.
For more information regarding hunting in Mississippi, visit us
at www.mdwfp.com or
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