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Lawfully Harvested Wildlife Taken Outside of Vermont

In order to legally transport into Vermont and possess big game that was legally taken in another state or country, a person must keep the tag that is required by the state or country where the big game was taken. Each package of meat must be marked with the name of the person who took the animal, tag number, date, and state or country of origin.

H2.5 Rules on importing and possession of deer or elk from areas with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and captive hunt areas or farms:

It is illegal to import or possess legally taken deer or elk, or parts of deer or elk, from states and Canadian provinces that have had Chronic Wasting Disease, or from captive hunt or farm facilities with the following exceptions:
  • Meat that is cut up, packaged and labeled with hunting license information and not mixed with other deer or elk during processing
  • Meat that is boneless
  • Hides or cape with no part of the head attached
  • Clean skull-cap with antlers attached
  • Antlers with no other meat or tissue attached
  • Finished taxidermy heads
  • Upper canine teeth with no tissue attached
As of 2014, the following states and Canadian provinces had found CWD in their deer or elk populations: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Alberta, and Saskatchenwan.

To see a map of states infected with CWD, click here


The purpose of this regulation is to protect Vermont's deer population from diseases that could be harmful, including Chronic Wasting Disease.
For more information on Chronic Wasting Disease

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