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Rick

OutdoorMN News - DNR reminds out-of-state hunters about carcass import restrictions

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Hunters who harvest a deer, elk or moose out of state cannot bring the entire animal back to Minnesota. 

The restriction has been in place since 2016 under rules adopted by the Department of Natural Resources. In 2019, the carcass import ban was enacted in state statute.

“Hunters have been cooperative in the past and we expect that to continue,” said Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program supervisor. “We just want to make sure hunters are aware of the new law so they can make appropriate plans to bring their harvest home.”

The restriction is part of the DNR’s comprehensive strategy to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease to Minnesota deer, elk and moose. Not moving animals, whether alive or dead, eliminates one means by which the disease can spread.

Hunters cannot bring whole deer, elk, moose and caribou carcasses into Minnesota. The state’s prohibition applies to all other U.S. states, Canadian provinces and or other areas, regardless of whether an area has a confirmed infection of chronic wasting disease.

Hunters wanting to bring their harvest back to Minnesota should plan to dress, process or mount animals before returning. They are allowed to bring home:

  • 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.

Nonresidents transporting whole or partial carcasses on a direct route through Minnesota are exempt from the restriction.

“We always tell hunters who want to go out of state to be sure they make a plan ahead of time for what to do if they harvest an animal, including not only how to handle a trophy mount, but also about quartering the animal and bringing back the meat appropriately,” Carstensen said.

For a video on how to cape a deer, visit the CWD video page. People should consult the 2019 hunting regulations and the CWD webpage for the most complete information.

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    • Bucketcastle
      @gimruis come on, you always have to have a plan incase you go through, whether it be yourself, atv, or truck.  Even if the ice is 2 feet thick because you never know.  Most of these people dont think of what they should do in case of an emergency.
    • gimruis
      I'm not about to personally attack someone because they are making a poor decision here but lets be honest with ourselves: if the ice is questionable and unsafe and you need to make a plan in case you fall through, you definitely shouldn't be out there.  A few crappies just aint worth the risk.  Just last week 12 people had to be rescued off URL and another guy went through.  Stay on dry land until we get an extended cold snap in December.  The ice and fish will still be there in January fellas.  
    • leech~~
      Zone 172, saw nothing, only heard about 6 shots all day and trucks and hunters all over. 
    • leech~~
      jayesswhy, it looks like you have been a member since 2007 so I'll just say good first post.    Deer camp shacks and campers have notoriously bad lighting and add in a few beers it's sometimes hard to see clearly, or your buddies need to get their eye's checked. 🤓   Same Deer. 
    • Bucketcastle
      I think Bryan has it under control without a spud bar....calm down moms.  All someone has to do without one is slowly work your way out drilling holes along the way, and have a plan if you go through.  Thats the biggest, have a plan if you go through.   But, nice Bryan keep up the good videos!
    • Better Than Working!
      Brow tines tell the story. Same deer!
    • Bigfatbert
    • rayguy
      Just wanted to start a forum where we could post our observations on our hunts in various areas.  I along with five others hunted in the North part of zone 108.   Had a little snow before the opener so could see tracks and areas of deer movement. Checked my stand on Thursday and there was quite a few tracks and even  a fresh scrape nearby.  More troubling though was a pair of wolves leaving tracks around our hunting area.  Even went through our yard early Thursday morning.  Trail cams had lots of different Bucks on them all fall so we had high hopes.  So on to Saturday.  One of my brother in laws dropped a nice 8 point around 8:15 Saturday and that was our high point.  We all sat the rest of the day with no other deer sightings.  Very little shooting in area to be heard and what's worse the weather changed late afternoon.  Sunday dawned cold and dreary with more of the same lack of deer activity, only two does seen by our group. We heard four shots all Sunday.  Monday it was -6 at sunrise and it was a brutal sit that morning.   Everyone reported no new tracks seen and we never heard a shot till almost dark one was heard near a nearby road.  My question did anyone else have this deer vanishing act play out on them?  Maybe the wolves and weather spooked them or maybe the population there is not as high as the Dnr  claims. Anyway the one is all we tagged.  Was also noticed the lack of hunters around the area.  Was a tough hunt.  Any others got a report for us?
    • Kettle
      I think it depends on the work and type but 10,000$ is not out of the question 
    • eyeguy 54
      spendy I bet