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Requirements for Importing Deer Carcasses

To reduce the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD) spreading into Florida, the FWC has issued Executive Order 19-41,  which prohibits importing or possessing carcasses and parts thereof from deer, elk, moose, caribou and all other members of the deer family originating from any place outside of Florida except for:

  • boned-out meat or products thereof;
  • clean hides with no tissue or head attached;
  • antlers, antlers with a clean skull plate with no tissue attached or clean skulls with no tissue attached;
  • finished taxidermy products; and
  • clean teeth with no tissue attached.

Note: Executive Order 19-41 took effect Nov. 1, 2019.

Exceptions Allowed by Executive Order 19-41

The executive order allows exceptions for importing into Florida legally harvested white-tailed deer originating from Georgia or Alabama provided all the following requirements are met:

  • An FWC Georgia/Alabama Carcass Importation Permit is obtained before importing a deer carcass into Florida;
  • The carcass importation is reported using the FWC’s online Georgia/Alabama Carcass Importation Reporting Form within 24 hours of the carcass being imported into Florida.
  • Any deer remains are disposed of using FWC-approved carcass disposal options.

In addition, white-tailed deer legally harvested from Georgia or Alabama properties that are bisected by the Florida state line and under the same ownership are exempt from the importation permit, reporting and disposal requirements.

NOTE: If CWD is detected in Georgia or Alabama, the exemption allowing deer carcasses to be imported would be rescinded for that state.

How to Get a Permit and Report Importation

The FWC’s Georgia/Alabama Carcass Importation Permit is available for free and must be obtained before hunting in Georgia or Alabama using the following steps:

  • Visit the FWC’s PermitMe! webpage.
  • Log in to your PermitMe! account if you're a returning user or if you're a first-time user, create an account at PermitMe! 
  • Follow the instructions to apply for, view and print a Georgia/Alabama Deer Carcass Importation Permit. 
  • Have the permit in your possession if importing a deer carcass into Florida from Georgia or Alabama.
  • Report deer carcass importation at the PermitMe! webpage within 24 hours of the carcass being imported into Florida.

The FWC’s Georgia/Alabama Carcass Importation Permit is available for free and must be obtained before hunting in Georgia or Alabama using the following steps:

  • Visit the FWC’s PermitMe! webpage.
  • Log in to your PermitMe! account if you're a returning user or if you're a first-time user, create an account at PermitMe! 
  • Follow the instructions to apply for, view and print a Georgia/Alabama Deer Carcass Importation Permit. 
  • Have the permit in your possession if importing a deer carcass into Florida from Georgia or Alabama.
  • Report deer carcass importation at the PermitMe! webpage within 24 hours of the carcass being imported into Florida.

 

Nov. 1, 2019.

No, only one Georgia/Alabama Carcass Importation Permit is required per hunting season. That no-cost permit allows a legally harvested white-tailed deer carcasses originating from Georgia and/or Alabama to be imported into Florida.

The FWC’s Georgia/Alabama Carcass Importation Permit is available for free and must be obtained before hunting in Georgia or Alabama using the following steps:

  • Visit the FWC’s PermitMe! webpage.
  • Log in to your PermitMe! account if you're a returning user or if you're a first-time user, create an account at PermitMe! 
  • Follow the instructions to apply for, view and print a Georgia/Alabama Deer Carcass Importation Permit. 
  • Have the permit in your possession if importing a deer carcass into Florida from Georgia or Alabama.
  • Report deer carcass importation at the PermitMe! webpage within 24 hours of the carcass being imported into Florida.

Yes, provided the name of the person importing the carcass is listed on the Georgia/Alabama Carcass Importation Permit.

The Georgia/Alabama Carcass Importation Permit is valid through Georgia and Alabama’s 2019-2020 hunting seasons.

No. The Georgia/Alabama Carcass Importation Permit is required only for importing a carcass or parts thereof of a legally harvested white-tailed deer originating from Georgia or Alabama. An importation permit is not required for bringing into Florida deboned meat, finished taxidermy mounts, antlers, and hides, skulls, skull caps, and teeth if all soft tissue has been removed.

No. The executive order requires legally harvested deer originating from Georgia or Alabama to be reported using the Georgia/Alabama Carcass Importation Reporting Form within 24 hours of the carcass being imported into Florida.

The FWC’s Georgia/Alabama Carcass Importation Permit is available for free and must be obtained before hunting in Georgia or Alabama using the following steps:

  • Visit the FWC’s PermitMe! webpage.
  • Log in to your PermitMe! account if you're a returning user or if you're a first-time user, create an account at PermitMe! 
  • Follow the instructions to apply for, view and print a Georgia/Alabama Deer Carcass Importation Permit. 
  • Have the permit in your possession if importing a deer carcass into Florida from Georgia or Alabama.
  • Report deer carcass importation at the PermitMe! webpage within 24 hours of the carcass being imported into Florida.

Hunters, taxidermists and meat processors should ensure the carcass or any remains are double-bagged and 1) disposed of in a waste receptacle for collection by a waste disposal provider, 2) taken directly to a Class I landfill, or 3) disposed of by commercial incineration.

FWC-approved deer carcass disposal options

As part of its ongoing CWD surveillance program, the FWC is asking anyone who sees a sick, abnormally thin deer or finds a deer dead from unknown causes to call the CWD hotline, 866-CWD-WATCH (866-293-9282) and report the animal’s location.