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Out-of-state Hunters

Photo of a mule deer buck.

As of October, 2016 CWD has been found in free-ranging cervids in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. The disease has also been detected in captive cervids in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Some of the states have game-export regulations that Montana hunters must follow.

Montanans who plan to travel out-of-state to hunt big game are urged to follow a few simple steps if they bring wild meat back from a state known to have CWD in wild animals.

Bring home only:

  • meat that is boned, cut and wrapped; quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;
  • hides with no heads attached;
  • clean (no meat or tissue attached) skull plates with antlers attached;
  • antlers with no meat or tissue attached;
  • upper canine teeth, also known as "buglers", "whistlers" or "ivories;"
  • finished head, partial body or whole body mounts already prepared by a taxidermist; or
  • tested and certified disease-free animals.