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Deer Carcass Transportation Frequently Asked Questions

40 Miss. Admin Code, Part 2, Rule 2.7 Prohibition on Cervid Carcass Importation, to Protect Mississippi from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

1. Which states and foreign countries does this rule affect?

As of August 31, 2016, CWD has been confirmed in the following 24 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.


2. 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.


3. 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.


4. 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.


5. 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.


6. 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.  


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