This new restriction that includes all members of the deer family (deer, elk, moose and caribou) is an effort by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to respond to the increasing prevalence and geographic spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).
Hunters may bring only the following parts into Minnesota, regardless of where in North America the animal was harvested:
- Meat that is boned out or that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately).
- Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached.
- Hides and teeth.
- Antlers or clean skull plates (no brain tissue attached) with antlers attached.
- Finished taxidermy mounts.
Nonresidents transporting whole or partial carcasses on a direct route through Minnesota are exempt from this restriction; however, similar restrictions exist in all surrounding states.
The 2016 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook states that this rule is likely to be in place (pages 2 and 62). This rule has been finalized and is in place for the fall of 2016. The deer carcass import restrictions are at www.mndnr.gov/deerimports.