J & I Taxidermy, LLC and the Missouri Department of Conservation reminds hunters who harvest deer, elk, or moose outside of Missouri that they must report the animal's entry into the state within 24 hours by calling 877-853-5665 or reporting it online at mdc.mo.gov/carcass. Reporting is required by law. The carcass must be taken to a licensed meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours of entry into Missouri.
The reporting requirement is only for whole carcasses and carcasses that have the head and spinal column attached. Parts that do not require reporting and are at lower risk for harboring CWD (chronic wasting disease) include meat that is cut and wrapped, boned-out-meat, quarters or other portions of meat with no parts of the spine or head attached, hides or capes from which excess tissue has been removed, and antlers, including those attached to skull plates or skulls where all muscle and brain tissue has been removed.
Hunters just passing through Missouri or their way to another state are exempt from this requirement as long as they are not in Missouri for longer than 24 hours.
For more information on chronic wasting disease, visit mdc.mo.gov/CWD.