Hunters reminded about whole carcass importation ban

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

The prohibition on importation of whole carcasses of these cervids from anywhere in North America was put into place in 2016 as a proactive measure to reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease in Minnesota and bring consistency to regulations.

Minnesota is one of 12 states with this type of ban; in total, 40 states have implemented some form of carcass important restrictions.

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.

Nonresidents transporting whole or partial carcasses on a direct route through Minnesota are exempt from this restriction. Carcass import information available at, in the 2018 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook starting on page 63 and the questions-and-answers section on the back cover.