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How to Transport Harvest Game (Part III)


Safety Concerns with Transporting Harvested Game

Hunters must not move any cervid from a spot of containment, which is any private or public land, where there have been confirmed cases of CWD. The list below states the portions of a cervid that hunters can remove from a containment area:

  • Meat that is cut and wrapped
  • Meat that doesn’t have the head attached or part of the spinal cord
  • Deboned meat
  • Hides without the head
  • Antlers with any skull matter or meat removed
  • Completed taxidermy mounts


Transporting Harvested Game Through the Woods

To keep to safe while transporting your game through the woods, wear orange to ensure that others can see you. 

Transporting game through the woods can dangerous and difficult. Make sure to wear orange clothing while transporting your harvest. Also, consider putting orange on the animal as well. Keep the animal low to the ground even if it means pulling it through the underbrush. It’s crucial to make yourself easily seen as you transport your harvest through the woods.

Respectful Ways to Transport Harvested Game

Hun­ters value the luck of other hunters. All you need to do is drive by any game check-in station and you will see hunters gathered around, swapping stories of the hunt and standing proudly by their harvest.

Nonhunters, though they might get the thrill of the hunt, may not want to see scores of vehicles parading through town with bloody, dead animals strapped to their trunks.

Even so, hunters have to check in their harvest with the option of various locations. Some stations are even situated in the middle of mall complexes, surrounded by restaurants and department stores.

To be respectful, not only to the animal but also to the public, some states have put transportation language into their regulations. For instance, New Jersey requires hunters to be discreet when moving the game by rinsing away excess gore and blood.

One of the simplest ways to respectfully move harvested game is to just cover the game with a tarp. Not only does this keep the animal away from sensitive eyes, but it also shields the game from road grime, dirt, and the elements.

How to Transport Harvest Game (Part II)


Permits to Transport Harvested Game

If you can’t attach the tag at the site where you killed the deer, you have to attach it as soon as you reach a spot where you can do so such as your hunting camp, home or vehicle. The completed tag should be in your possession while you move the game.

Your state may require the carcass to be kept in the county where it was killed until it has been taken to a game check station. It should be checked within 24 hours of the kill, though some states have a 72-hour requirement. It is typically required that the person who made the kill also takes the game to the check station.

Don’t freeze more than two birds per package. 

When transporting game birds, keep in mind that the head or a fully feathered wing should stay intact and attached to the bird. One thing to consider when moving game birds is to not freeze more than two birds together in one package. Freezing many birds makes it hard for inspectors to identify the species and gender of every individual bird

Every state has laws describing how the harvest can be moved and how to do it while lessening the risk of spreading disease.

After Checking In

After you bring your game to a game inspection station, the official will band your harvest with a metal band, which must stay intact on the animal the whole time it’s in your possession. This includes when you keep horns or antlers and on game mounts.

Safety Concerns with Transporting Harvested Game

A huge safety concern with transporti­ng harvested game is the spreading of disease into healthy environments. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) can bring harm to the big game, while the avian flu is a horrible disease for migratory birds. Numerous states are adding language to their state regulations about the transportation of wild game to help in the containment of these and other diseases.