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Cervid Carcasses Meat Parts Hunted Out-of-State

The following requirements apply to all cervid species that have been found to carry chronic wasting disease (CWD) and those species that can successfully mate with potentially infected animals. These rules apply to their hybrids as well.

Currently, the rule applies to elk and wapiti, as well as the following deer: red, Sika, Japanese, spotted (and their crosses), mule, whitetails and reindeer.

All listed cervids, regardless of their state of origin and whether the animal was obtained from a farmed facility or in the wild, are included in this rule.

Only the following may be imported into Indiana:

  1. Carcasses or parts of carcasses if no portion of the following materials are attached or otherwise included in the movement:

    1. The head.

    2. The spinal cord.

    3. The small intestine.

  2. Carcasses or parts of carcasses that include the materials listed above if they are delivered within seventy-two (72) hours after entry to one (1) of the following:

    1. A meat processor inspected under state or federal regulations.

    2. A commercial deer processor registered with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources under their rules.

    3. A taxidermist licensed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources under their rules.

  3. A person may move the following parts into the state:

    1. Antlers, including antlers attached to skull caps, if the skull cap is cleaned of all brain and muscle tissue.

    2. Hides.

    3. Upper canine teeth.

    4. Finished taxidermist mounts.

The rule contains additional provisions for imports directly to rendering and laboratories for diagnostic and testing purposes and research, with permission from the State Veterinarian.

For additional information, contact the Indiana State Board of Animal Health at (317) 544-2400 or email

  • For requirements in other states and provinces, click here.