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OutdoorMN News - Hunters reminded about whole carcass importation ban

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Hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota are reminded that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state.

The prohibition on importation of whole carcasses of these cervids from anywhere in North America was put into place last year as a proactive measure to reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease in Minnesota and bring consistency to regulations.

“Because of the increasing prevalence and distribution of CWD in North America in both farmed and wild cervids, we decided in 2016 to impose an across-the-board importation ban,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Previously, Minnesota’s Board of Animal Health, the agency responsible for regulating farmed cervids, placed carcass import restrictions on specific areas of North America. Those areas could change based on disease prevalence. Now the carcass import restriction applies permanently to all of North America.

“With the new infections occurring at all times of the year, it made more sense to impose one ban that applied uniformly across the nation. It is now much easier for hunters to interpret this regulation,” Cornicelli said.

This restriction is part of efforts to minimize the opportunity for CWD 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; and
• Finished taxidermy mounts.

“We realize this may be a departure from tradition; however, we appreciate the cooperation from our hunting groups and individual hunters as we address this significant disease challenge,” Cornicelli said.

Cornicelli said 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.

“If you kill an animal you want to mount, you should make those arrangements in the destination state and have it caped before you leave,” Cornicelli said.

Alternatively, hunters can view a video at 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, in the 2017 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook on page 65 and the questions and answers section on the back cover.

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    • Harry Goodliffe
      I am from out of state and have been trying to research this issue, from a anglers point of view what do you think is causing the issue? we had a issue in Missouri where the state shocked up walleyes to strip them for eggs and the boats disrupted the spawn and once disturbed the walleyes aborted spawning. now this was our native river spawn fish that spawned earlier than the northern strains that they ended up mass stocking, those fish do not seem to get as large as our native strain our state record weight: 21 lbs. 1 oz.  any insights would be welcomed  
    • Tom Sawyer
      Some more dandies Royce. Yes, I do miss seeing that Red Pine stand in his photos leech, it definitely adds to the north woods feel of the shot....
    • ANYFISH2
      Just remember guys, only one lake in the state has a harvest quota!  It is the one in the "worst" shape. all our big lakes lakes including LOW track harvest but dont employ a quota.  The biologists in these areas seem to have a nice grasp of the conditions of these lakes.
    • eyeguy 54
      Eat some smaller fish and let the beasts grow.
    • anyfishwilldo
      The loose handle issue was the very reason I went out and got the mud mixer.  Now the drill can just stay in the shop.  I did find the handle worked much better on the right side of the drill than the left.
    • anyfishwilldo
      I am looking for wheel skirts for my wheel house.  Does anyone have/use them, and where did you get them? thanks
    • leech~~
      You need to hold them up. The best pictures are with some nice scenery in the back ground!
    • Sculpin
      Someone made mention of hooking mortality earlier, and sad to say, that is going to be one of the most significant issues going forward in terms of determining harvest on many of the premier walleye lakes in the state. Lake of the Woods,? perhaps not,  given its sheer size, but once hooking mortality comes into play, and a DNR imposed "quota" has theoretically been met, the lake is shut down. Mille Lacs is the poster child for this methodology, and one of the primary reasons the lake has been shut down the last couple summers.  There has been no actual summer harvest, except by the Bands, and then "hooking mortality". Lakes like Winnie, Leech, Vermilion, and all the high pressure walleye lake could be prime candidates for hooking mortality, and given the amount of angler pressure both winter and summer, worst case scenario closures could occur very easily. There is no question liberal limits need to be changed on many lakes, and I think that that is something that needs to take place quickly, before there are other Mille Lacs scenarios being played out.  Mille Lacs is not in fact rebounding nicely, there is optimism, but if the vaunted 2013 year class does not have a successful spawn  this spring, the DNR will once again scratch their collective heads, and go back to their funny drawing boards. Its a make or break year...    
    • eyeguy 54
      Go get em Chris!  Hopefully you find a beast or 2  
    • IceHawk
      Good Job Nice Fish good luck out there tomorrow.  Would of joined you guys but tomorrow is a true Trophy hunt shooting for a 10 1/2 or better.  Got plenty of 9-10 inchers lately so let the hunt begin.   Might be setting the bar high as I normally do  but the lake I'm heading to has a restricted limit and has some real brutes. Ive done it before  here so I know its doable. Hope my day goes as well as yours did