Vt. hunters reminded about rules on importing deer, elk meat

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) A reminder for Vermont hunters as we get into fall. If you're going out of state to hunt, there are specific rules for how you can bring back the meat.

The state has those requirements in place to protect Vermont's deer herd from chronic wasting disease, which has not been found in Vermont but has been in other states and parts of Canada. If deer or elk aren't processed correctly, there's a chance someone could inadvertently bring the disease into Vermont.

"It's usually something that people are going to do anyway if they're coming from a state that's far away. They're going to pack their meat into a cooler and they're going to bring it back that way. But essentially-- no bones, no tissue attached to the skull cap or antlers," said Col. Jason Batchelder, the director of enforcement for Vermont Fish & Wildlife.

Violators could face a $1,000 fine.

The states and provinces where you need to follow these rules include:
Alberta
Arkansas
Colorado
Illinois
Iowa
Kansas
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Saskatchewan
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Click here for more detail and the complete list of procedures you must follow.