If you hunt outside of Louisiana and return regularly with dead deer, you should plan on attending one of six public meetings scheduled later this month to discuss a proposal currently being considered by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission that would ban the importation of cervid carcasses.
The ban, if ultimately approved by the Commission, is aimed at preventing the introduction of chronic wasting disease into the Louisiana white-tailed deer herd, and applies to animals including deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer and reindeer.
To view the notice of intent, click here.
Meetings are scheduled for:
Aug. 22 at St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers, 21490 Koop Dr., Mandeville, 7 p.m.,
Aug. 22 at the Lake Charles LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 23 at LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Dr., Monroe, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 23 at USGS National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 24 at LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Hwy. 80, Minden, 6:30 p.m.,
Aug. 25 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, 6:30 p.m.
The proposed ban would prohibit the importation of cervid carcasses except for deboned meat, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth.
Approved parts and deboned meat from other states must contain a possession tag with the hunter’s name, out-of-state license number (if required), address, species, date and location (county and state) of harvest. Each state has different possession requirements for game once processed.
Public comment can be submitted in writing by mail to: Johnathan Bordelon, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to email@example.com until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2016. For more information, contact Bordelon at 225-765-2344.