WATCH: How to Protect Deer Populations by Reducing Risk of Chronic Wasting Disease Spreading

By  //  August 15, 2021

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CWD is a contagious disease of the brain and central nervous system

WATCH: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a video on how to protect Florida’s deer population.

(FWC) – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a video on how to protect Florida’s deer population.

This short, animated video outlines new rules for people hunting out-of-state for deer, elk, moose, caribou and other members of the deer family.

CWD, a contagious disease of the brain and central nervous system that is always fatal to deer, has not been detected in Florida.

Under the new rules, people may import into Florida:

■ De-boned meat
■ Finished taxidermy mounts
■ Clean hides and antlers
■ Skulls, skull caps and teeth if all soft tissue has been removed

The only exception to this rule is deer harvested from a property in Georgia or Alabama can be imported into Florida if the property is bisected by the Florida state line and is under the same ownership. (FWC image)

The only exception to this rule is deer harvested from a property in Georgia or Alabama can be imported into Florida if the property is bisected by the Florida state line and is under the same ownership.

These rules went into effect July 1, 2021, and replace FWC Executive Order 19-41.

The new rules do NOT include the permit option allowed under FWC Executive Order 19-41 to import whole deer or high-risk parts from properties in Georgia or Alabama provided certain requirements are met.

These rule changes continue the FWC’s work to protect Florida’s deer populations by reducing the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD) spreading into the state.

CWD has not been detected in Florida.

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