How to Transport Harvest Game (Part III)


Safety Concerns with Transporting Harvested Game

Hunters must not move any cervid from a spot of containment, which is any private or public land, where there have been confirmed cases of CWD. The list below states the portions of a cervid that hunters can remove from a containment area:

  • Meat that is cut and wrapped
  • Meat that doesn’t have the head attached or part of the spinal cord
  • Deboned meat
  • Hides without the head
  • Antlers with any skull matter or meat removed
  • Completed taxidermy mounts


Transporting Harvested Game Through the Woods

To keep to safe while transporting your game through the woods, wear orange to ensure that others can see you. 

Transporting game through the woods can dangerous and difficult. Make sure to wear orange clothing while transporting your harvest. Also, consider putting orange on the animal as well. Keep the animal low to the ground even if it means pulling it through the underbrush. It’s crucial to make yourself easily seen as you transport your harvest through the woods.

Respectful Ways to Transport Harvested Game

Hun­ters value the luck of other hunters. All you need to do is drive by any game check-in station and you will see hunters gathered around, swapping stories of the hunt and standing proudly by their harvest.

Nonhunters, though they might get the thrill of the hunt, may not want to see scores of vehicles parading through town with bloody, dead animals strapped to their trunks.

Even so, hunters have to check in their harvest with the option of various locations. Some stations are even situated in the middle of mall complexes, surrounded by restaurants and department stores.

To be respectful, not only to the animal but also to the public, some states have put transportation language into their regulations. For instance, New Jersey requires hunters to be discreet when moving the game by rinsing away excess gore and blood.

One of the simplest ways to respectfully move harvested game is to just cover the game with a tarp. Not only does this keep the animal away from sensitive eyes, but it also shields the game from road grime, dirt, and the elements.