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Ask a Conservation Officer: Bringing deer back to Minnesota for processing

Q: I deer hunt in Wisconsin, but I live in Minnesota. Can I bring my deer back to be processed? A: The simple answer is no. Importation of Cervidae (deer, elk, moose, etc) from outside of the state is addressed in DNR Rule 6232.1990 which states ...

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Q: I deer hunt in Wisconsin, but I live in Minnesota. Can I bring my deer back to be processed?

 

A: The simple answer is no. Importation of Cervidae (deer, elk, moose, etc) from outside of the state is addressed in DNR Rule 6232.1990 which states the only hunter harvested parts that may be brought into the state are cut and wrapped meat, quarters, or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached. Antlers, hides, teeth, finished taxidermy mounts, and antlers attached to skull caps that are cleaned of all tissue may also be brought in.

If you hunt in Wisconsin, it is best if you make arrangements to process your harvested deer or have your mount made while still in Wisconsin. Processors and taxidermists cannot even take this animal or they would be in violation of Minnesota Statute 97A.505.2 which prohibits the possession of any wild animal that was unlawfully brought into the state.

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Jake Willis is a Minnesota State Conservation Officer covering the Brookston Station. Send your questions to outdoors@duluthnews.com .

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