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.