Deer carcass import restrictions

Harvested deer tied on to a sled

Whole carcasses of deer, elk, moose and caribou from anywhere in North America no longer can be brought in to Minnesota.

Regardless of where an animal is harvested, hunters may only bring to Minnesota:

  • Meat that is boned out;
  • Meat that is cut and wrapped, either commercially or privately;
  • Quarters or other portions with no part of the spinal column or head attached;
  • Hide and teeth;
  • Antlers or clean skull plates with antlers attached and all brain tissue removed; and
  • Finished taxidermy mounts.

Watch this video  to learn how to properly cape a deer harvested outside Minnesota for import into Minnesota.

Non-residents who are transporting whole or partial carcasses on a direct through Minnesota are exempt from these restrictions. Similar laws that may be more restrictive exist in all states surrounding Minnesota.

Prior to August 2016, these restrictions were in place for any deer, elk, moose or caribou harvested in areas infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

DNR initiated the change to keep Minnesota deer healthy. The prevalence and geographic spread of CWD is increasing. Taking steps to better protect deer from disease is vital to Minnesota's hunting tradition and economy.

More information on importing deer to Minnesota is available from Minnesota's Board of Animal Health