Rules and Regulations
Deer harvested in counties that are not affected by CWD do not have to meet carcass restrictions to be transported into CWD affected counties. Conversely, the following applies to transporting deer harvested in CWD affected counties.
To understand the carcass transportation restrictions for deer in CWD affected counties, it is important to know there are two classifications of CWD affected counties:
- CWD-positive counties are those with known cases of CWD
- CWD high-risk counties are those not known to have CWD, but the disease has been detected within 10 miles of their border.
- Do not move whole or field-dressed deer carcasses or unapproved parts outside of CWD affected counties. Only approved parts (listed below) may be moved out of CWD affected counties.
- Deer carcasses can be moved from one high-risk county to another high-risk county. Deer carcasses can be moved from a high-risk county to a positive county.
- A deer carcass cannot be moved outside of positive counties but can move from one positive county to another positive county.
- Approved parts (listed below) are free to be transported anywhere statewide.
- Also remember, only Approved Parts can be transported into Tennessee from another state.
Approved Parts (low risk of spreading CWD)
- De-boned meat
- Cleaned (free of meat and tissues) skulls/skull plates & teeth
- Hides & tanned products
- Antlers- including those attached to clean skull plates
Examples of unapproved parts (high risk of spreading CWD)
- Whole and field-dressed carcasses
- Uncleaned (meat and/or tissue are present) heads/skulls/skull caps
- Non-muscle tissues
If you harvest a deer, elk or moose from anywhere outside the state, it must be properly processed before bringing it back into the state of Tennessee)
No person may import, transport, or possess in Tennessee a cervid carcass or carcass part from anywhere outside state except as provided herein:
(a) Meat that has bones removed.
(b) Antlers, antlers attached to cleaned skull plates, or cleaned skulls
(where no meat or tissues are attached to the skull.)
(c) Cleaned teeth.
(d) Finished taxidermy and antler products.
(e) Hides (tanned or green) and tanned products.
The use or possession of natural cervid urine while hunting is prohibited unless the product is clearly labeled bearing certification from the manufacturer that the urine was produced in a facility that:
- Complies with a federal or a federally approved chronic wasting disease herd certification program and any federal chronic wasting disease protocols and record requirements;
- Does not allow importation of live cervids;
- Requires that all cervids exported from the facility be tested for chronic wasting disease upon death and the results are reported to the facility;
- Is inspected annually by an accredited veterinarian, including inspection of the herd and applicable records; and
- Maintains a fence at least 8 feet high around the facility and, if the facility is located within 30 miles of a confirmed positive occurrence of chronic wasting disease, is double fenced to prevent direct contact between captive and wild cervids.
Products with the Archery Trade Association’s seal of approval meet these restrictions.
Feeding and mineral sites increase contact between deer, thereby increasing the likelihood of the spread of CWD. As a result, the feeding of wildlife is restricted in counties affected by CWD. Currently, there are 12 counties affected by CWD, including high-risk counties where CWD has been detected within ten miles of the county border, and positive counties in which CWD has been detected. High-risk counties include Crocket, Gibson, Henderson, and McNairy counties. Positive counties include Chester, Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Lauderdale, Madison, Shelby, and Tipton counties.
So, by not feeding wildlife, you are in compliance with the law and helping prevent the spread of CWD.
Grain, salt products, minerals, or other consumable natural and manufactured products may not be placed or put out for wildlife, with the following exceptions. The ban does not apply to feed placed within 100 feet of a residence such as bird feeders, feed placed in a manner not accessible to deer, or feed and minerals as the result of normal agricultural practices. Food plots are still legal in CWD affected counties.