Big Game Importation Restrictions
CWD Regulations for Hunters
Hunting in Pennsylvania: On October 11, 2012, the first case of CWD was confirmed in a captive bred white-tailed deer in Adams County, Pennsylvania (PA). Hunters who harvest deer or elk from PA and return to NY must follow importation restrictions below. For new deer hunting rules in PA visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) website (see "Links Leaving DEC's Webpage" to the right).
Due to the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) within the United States and Canada, New York has established special restrictions on the importation of carcasses and parts of big game animals from areas where CWD is detected.
These restrictions, among others, are established to minimize the risk of exposing New York deer to this fatal disease.
Importation of Hunter-killed Deer, Elk or Moose
Importing From CWD-Positive States and Canadian Provinces
Deer, elk or moose harvested from the following CWD-positive states/provinces/territories must have all prohibited parts (listed in the table) removed and disposed of prior to returning to New York.
- United States: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
- Canada Provinces/Territories: Alberta, Saskatchewan
Importing From CWD-Free States and Canadian Provinces
Hunter-killed deer, elk or moose may be brought into New York as a whole carcass from CWD-free states and Canadian provinces. CWD-free states include all other states/provinces/territories not listed above.
Reporting CWD-Positive Animals
Any person who imports or possesses a carcass or part of an animal that tested positive for CWD must report such test results to the DEC within 24 hours of receiving such notification.
Mail: Attention: Wildlife Health, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, New York 12233-4750
Phone: (518) 402-8924
Marking and Tagging Requirements
All carcasses and parts of deer, elk and moose brought into NY must have a tag identifying:
- Species of animal
- State, province, or country where the animal was taken
Name and address of the person who took the animal
Usually the tagging requirements of the state/province/territory of origin will contain this information.
Transportation through New York State
Travelers are permitted to PASS THROUGH New York to transport carcasses, provided no parts are disposed of or remain in New York.
Transportation out of New York State
Many other states have similar restrictions about importing carcasses or carcass parts into their state. Non-Resident hunters should be aware of their home state's restrictions on importation of carcasses or carcass parts of animals harvested in New York.
The information on this page is a general summary of the state regulation Part 189: Chronic Wasting Disease.