Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Hunting Regulations 2020-2021 - Page 18

Transport and Possession Regulations for
Deer Being Harvested Out-of-State
New import regulations have been implemented in an effort to reduce the spread of Chronic
Wasting Disease (CWD). Louisiana and 40 other states have implemented similar transport
regulations in an effort to slow further spread. CWD has been discovered in 26 states and three
Canadian provinces. Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi are the latest CWD positive states. CWD has
not been detected in Louisiana
CWD is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy disease characterized by spongy degeneration
of brain tissue resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death in
members of the deer family. CWD is transmitted via oral ingestion of infectious prions which
are shed through saliva, urine, feces and decaying carcasses. The prions are ingested by deer as
they are exposed to infectious soil, plants or other materials. Hunters returning to Louisiana can
help prevent the spread of CWD by complying with the new cervid carcass import regulation
listed below.
Members of the family Cervidae include but are not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk,
moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer, and reindeer.
No person shall import, transport or possess
any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass
originating outside of Louisiana, except for

meat that is cut and wrapped

meat that has been boned out

quarters or other portions of meat
with no part of the spinal column or
head attached


clean skull plates with antlers

cleaned skulls without tissue attached


tanned hides

finished taxidermy mounts

cleaned cervid teeth
This restriction shall also prohibit transport of any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass
originating from Louisiana lands east of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison, Tensas
and Concordia parishes to any other part of the state, unless it is transported in the manner
prescribed herein. Any and all bones shall be disposed of in a manner where its final destination
is at an approved landfill or equivalent. In addition, approved parts or deboned meat transported
from other states must be legally possessed from the state it was taken. Approved parts and
deboned meat from other states must contain a possession tag with the hunter’s name, outof-state license number (if required), address, species, date and location (county and state) of
harvest. All cervids transported into or through Louisiana that are in violation of the provisions
of this ban shall be seized and disposed of in accordance with the Wildlife and Fisheries
Commission and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries rules and regulations.
Please visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website for more
information www.wlf.la.gov


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