LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists have put new rules in place in an effort to keep what’s known as chronic wasting disease out of the state.
The disease, which has no known cure and has affected deer in other states, has not been found in Arkansas.
The regulations include allowing only certain portions of the carcasses cervids — which are all species of deer, elk, moose and caribou — to be brought into the state.
Only certain portions of these specific species may be brought into or transported through Arkansas.
“Know before you go,” said Cory Gray, AGFC’s deer program coordinator. “Arkansas hunters can still bring home their successes from other states but they are now required to take a few extra steps in doing so.”
This means whole or quartered carcasses are not allowed. In the past, hunters have often partially processed game animals, packed them into coolers and taken them home.
Hunters may return to or travel through Arkansas with antlers and/or antlers attached to clean skull plate or cleaned skulls; meat with all bones removed; cleaned teeth; finished taxidermy products; or hides or tanned products.
Chronic wasting is a neurological disease affecting the brain and nervous system in cervids and is always fatal. It is similar to mad cow disease in cattle and scrapie in sheep.