Effective August 1st, 2018

    •  if you hunt outside Ohio, you must bone out the meat before returning to the state with an elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, caribou, or moose. Only the following parts may be brought into Ohio:
      • Meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached;
      • Meat that is boned out, securely and completely wrapped either commercially or privately;
      • Cleaned hides with no heads attached;
      • Skull plates that have been cleaned of all meat and brain tissue;
      • Antlers with no meat or tissue attached;
      • Cleaned upper canine teeth;
      • Hides and capes without any part of the head or lymph nodes attached; or
      • Finished taxidermy mounts.
    • Moving to a complete ban simplifies import rules for hunters traveling out of state and reduces the risk of introducing CWD into Ohio.

Rules Governing Interstate Transport of High-risk Cervid Carcass Parts

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Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) Changes

        In 2015, the ODNR Division of Wildlife declared a 10-township area in Holmes (all or portions of Ripley, Prairie, Salt Creek, Monroe, Hardy, Berlin, Killbuck, Mechanic, and Richland townships) and Wayne (Franklin and Clinton townships) counties a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA.) The area was formally declared DSA 2015-01 and was to exist for a minimum of three years. Effective July 31, 2018, that designation and all rules associated with it have expired. CWD was not detected in any of the approximately 2,000 wild deer tested that were harvested in the area over a 4-year period.


        In response to a captive cervid facility testing positive for CWD in January 2018 in eastern Holmes County, a new DSA 2018-01 has been established. All rules associated with DSA 2018-01 are effective beginning August 1st, 2018. These rules include the following:


      • Requires hunters to bring deer carcasses harvested within the DSA 2018-01 boundaries to an ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection station for sampling during the deer-gun and deer muzzleloader seasons;
      • Prohibits the placement of or use of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables, or other feed to attract or feed deer within the DSA boundaries;
      • Prohibits hunting of deer by the aid of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables, or other feed within the DSA boundaries; and
      • Prohibits the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle within the DSA 2018-01 boundaries unless the carcass complies with deer carcass restrictions.

Disease Surveillance Area 2018

    •  Normal agricultural activities including feeding of domestic animals as well as hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants and agriculture crops are not prohibited.
    • Hunters harvesting deer during Ohio’s gun seasons (7-day traditional, 2-day bonus, and 4-day muzzleloader) within the DSA are required to deliver their deer to a carcass inspection station. Hunters are NOT required to present their deer for testing during the 2-day youth gun season. Two locations have been designated as Carcass Inspection Stations for the deer-gun seasons and the deer muzzleloader season. Both locations will be open and staffed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the deer-gun and deer muzzleloader seasons.
      • Sugar Creek Village Hall (Tuscarawas County), 410 South Broadway Street, Sugar Creek, OH 44681
      • Walnut Creek Township Garage (Holmes County), 2490 Township Road 414, Dundee, OH 44624
    • Hunters will be asked to provide their 18-digit confirmation number from the game check process as well as the location where the deer was killed. Tissue samples will be taken and tested for CWD. Samples can be taken from either just the head or complete carcass. Hunters that harvest a deer and wish to have it mounted must still bring their deer to an inspection station. Samples will not be taken at the time, but staff will collect additional information, so samples can be collected later.
    • Although CWD has not been detected in the wild deer herd, hunters who plan to hunt in DSA 2018-01 are encouraged to consider having their deer processed commercially to ensure high-risk carcass parts are disposed of properly. Hunters who plan to process their deer are strongly encouraged to double-bag all high-risk carcass parts and set them with household trash for pickup. There is no strong evidence that CWD affects humans; however, hunters can take some common-sense precautions, such as not harvesting deer that appear sick or otherwise abnormal and wearing rubber gloves while field dressing and processing deer.

White-tailed Deer Harvested in Ohio

    • Irresponsible dumping of carcasses can spread disease. Hunters who process their white-tailed deer at home should properly dispose of the hide, brain and spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils, bones, and head by double-bagging these parts and set them with the trash for disposal at a municipal landfill. It is unlikely that hunters would increase CWD transmission by field dressing and leaving the entrails and internal organs in the field.
    • Anyone who sees deer that appear to be sick or are displaying abnormal behavior should immediately report the occurrence to the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The person reporting the animal should describe the location of the animal, its symptoms, and behavior. Hunters should not kill or handle a deer that they believe is sick.

See full details here:http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/species-and-habitats/diseases-in-wildlife

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