The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state.
The restriction is part of efforts to minimize the opportunity for chronic wasting disease to become established in Minnesota.
Only the following cervid parts may be brought into Minnesota:
- Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached.
- Meat that is boned-out or that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately).
- Hides and teeth.
- Antlers or clean (no brain tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached.
- Finished taxidermy mounts.
Meat and trophy handling already are part of the trip planning process so taking the additional steps to minimize CWD risk can be added to that process. Another item to consider is the mount itself, and hunters should make those arrangements in the destination state and have the animal caped before leaving.
Alternatively, hunters can view a video at http://bit.ly/capeyourdeer on how to cape a deer. The same technique can be used on elk or moose. The video also includes helpful information on the carcass importation ban.
Nonresidents transporting whole or partial carcasses on a direct route through Minnesota are exempt from this restriction.
Carcass import information is available at mndnr.gov/deerimports, in the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook on page 65 and the questions and answers section on the back cover.