Hunters are reminded that the entire carcass of a deer harvested in Wisconsin cannot be imported into Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources said today.

According to biosecurity restrictions in place due to the presence of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin’s deer population, hunters importing Wisconsin-harvested deer may only bring the following into Michigan:

  • Deboned meat
  • Antlers (an attached skull cap is allowed if cleaned of all brain and muscle tissue)
  • Hides cleaned of excess tissue or blood
  • Upper canine teeth
  • A finished taxidermic mount

If the harvested deer was tested for chronic wasting disease and tests positive, hunters are required to notify the DNR’s Wildlife Disease Laboratory within two business days at 517-336-5030.

These restrictions also apply to deer harvested in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Additional details regarding legal importation of deer carcasses and legal transportation of game can be found in the 2011 Hunting and Trapping Digest, available at any Michigan hunting license vendor or online at

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

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