MS Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

New Rule Affects Transportation of Big Game Harvested in Other States

Thursday, September 08, 2016
from MDWFP

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 deer. 

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 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

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 Mississippi.

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.

Deer Carass Transportation FAQ's

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 meat.

I want to have a taxidermist in Mississippi mount my deer that I harvested in one of these states. Can I do that?

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 me?

Yes, you can bring back finished taxidermy product to Mississippi.

Can I bring a jawbone back to Mississippi?

Yes, as long as all meat and tissue is removed and cleaned from the jawbone.

Regulations in other states may be more restrictive. Be sure to check the regulations in the states you will be hunting and traveling though.  

For more information on CWD, please visit the CWD Alliance website at For more information regarding hunting in Mississippi, visit us at or call us at 601-432-2400. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at

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