Amendment delays potential out-of-state deer carcass ban until March, 2017

Public comment period on notice of intent ends Oct. 6

An amendment passed by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday would delay implementation of a proposed cervid carcass importation ban through the coming deer season, according to a release from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

The ban, which was proposed to prevent the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into Louisiana’s white-tailed deer population, would not take effect until March 1, 2017, the release states.

The proposal remains in the public comment period until Oct. 6.

The amended notice of intent reads:

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, antlers, clean skull plates with antlers, cleaned skulls without tissue attached, capes, tanned hides, finished taxidermy mounts and cleaned cervid teeth. …Any and all bones shall be disposed of in a manner where its final destination is at an approved landfill or equivalent. Said rule shall be effective March 1, 2017.

The ban defines a cervid as animals of the family Cervidae, including but not limited to white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, caribou, fallow deer, axis deer, sika deer, red deer and reindeer.

Approved parts and meat from animals from other states must contain a possession tag with the hunter’s name, out-of-state license number, address, species, date and location 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 here.

For more information, contact Bordelon directly at 225-765-2344.