2017-09-07 / Sports

Hunting outside of Michigan this fall?

Be aware of updated cervid importation regulations

A deer is checked through one of Michigan’s multiple deer check stations. A deer is checked through one of Michigan’s multiple deer check stations. STATEWIDE — For those who plan
to hunt outside of Michigan this fall,
it is important to note that regulations related to the importation of
harvested cervids (such as deer, elk
or moose) have changed substantially. Hunters who harvest a cervid in
any other state or province can bring
back only the following cervid parts
into Michigan:
• Hides.
• Deboned meat.
• Quarters (legs that do not
have any part of the spinal column or
head attached).
• Finished taxidermy products.
• Cleaned teeth.
• Antlers.
• Antlers attached to a skullcap cleaned of brain and muscle tissue. “Hunters need to realize that the
new importation regulations apply
to any location they hunt outside
Michigan, not just those states and
provinces that have chronic wasting disease,” said Chad Stewart,
Michigan Department of Natural
Resources deer and elk specialist.
“These changes have been put in
place in hopes of keeping potential
cases of CWD from unintentionally
being brought into Michigan.”
CWD is a contagious neurological
disease affecting members of the
Cervidae family, including deer, elk
and moose. It attacks the central
nervous system of infected animals
and results in emaciation, abnormal
behavior and loss of bodily functions.
There is no recovery. The infectious
agents causing CWD are prions,
which are nonliving proteins that can
persist in the environment for years
or perhaps decades.
“We’re asking everyone who hunts
out of state to understand and follow these regulations,” said Dean
Molnar, assistant chief of the DNR
Law Enforcement Division. “Those
who don’t will face fines, penalties
and confiscation of the animal. We
need everyone to abide by the regulations and follow the law. The health
of Michigan’s big-game population
depends on the cooperation of hunters. We are all in this together.”
In April 2015, a female, 6-yearold, free-ranging white-tailed deer in
Ingham County was killed and confirmed positive for CWD. This marked
Michigan's first-ever case of chronic

wasting disease in a free-ranging cervid. Since the discovery of that first
animal, the DNR has sampled 13,458
deer from around the state (as of
August 2017). A total of nine animals
have tested positive for CWD.
For those hunting in Michigan
within areas where CWD has been
found, there are specific regulations
that must be followed. For more
information, visit mi.gov/cwd.

Antlerless deer license application results now available
The Michigan Department of
Natural Resources reminds hunters that antlerless deer application
results are available beginning today.
Application results and leftover
license availability can be found at
Any leftover antlerless deer licenses not issued in this drawing will
be sold on a first-come, first-served
basis beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5, at

10 a.m. EDT until license quotas are
The 2017 antlerless deer license
quotas for each DMU also can be
found at mi.gov/deer. Please note,
DMU 333 has unlimited antlerless
licenses that may be purchased without application beginning Sept. 5 at
10 a.m.
For additional information, the
2017 Michigan Antlerless Deer Digest
is available online at mi.gov/dnrdigests.

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