Re-posted from CA Fish & Wildlife
Know the Laws When Bringing Deer or Elk Into California
The California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 712 governs the importation of hunter-harvested deer and elk into California. It is unlawful to import, or possess any hunter harvested deer or elk (cervid) carcass or parts of any cervid carcass imported into the state, except for the following body parts:
- portions of meat with no part of the spinal column, brain or head attached (other bones, such as legs and shoulders, may be attached).
- hides and capes (no spinal column, brain tissue or head may be attached).
- clean skull plates (no brain tissue may be present) with antlers attached.
- antlers with no meat or tissue attached, except legally harvested and possessed antlers in the velvet stage are allowed, if no meat, brain or other tissue is attached.
- finished taxidermy mounts with no meat or tissue attached (antlers in the velvet stage are allowed if no meat, brain or other tissue is attached).
- upper canine teeth (buglers, whistlers, ivories).
For more information on keeping California’s deer and elk herds safe and free from CWD, please visit CDFW’s CWD web page.