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Big Game Importation Restrictions

A map showing from which states whole deer carcasses are prohibited.

Chronic Wasting Disease Regulations for Hunters

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

Hunters who take wild deer, elk, or moose harvested from any state or province in orange on the map below must remove all prohibited parts (listed in the table) from the carcass prior to returning to New York. Shooters who take captive deer, elk, or moose from anywhere outside New York, must remove all prohibited parts from the carcass prior to returning to New York.

Prohibited Parts Allowed Parts
  • Head:
    • Brain
    • Tonsils
    • Eyes
    • Lymph nodes in the neck
  • Spinal Cord/Backbone
  • Spleen
  • Intestinal Tract
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  • Meat (without backbone)
  • Cleaned hide and cape
  • Skull plate and/or antlers cleaned of all meat and brain tissue
  • Upper canine teeth
  • Finished taxidermy mounts, tanned hides

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) 402-8883

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 (link leaves DEC website).

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