Do your part to keep CWD out of South Carolina

Help keep South Carolina's deer herd CWD-free by following these regulations.

Out-of-state hunters must comply with these regulations

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is NOT in South Carolina, and we want to keep it that way!

With big game seasons opening in many parts of the country, hunters should remember not to import into South Carolina certain carcass parts from white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose and elk harvested in areas where confirmed cases of CWD have occurred.

U.S. States where CWD has been diagnosed include: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

CWD has also been found in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec.

To comply with state regulations, hunters traveling to states with confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease may only bring the following carcass parts into South Carolina:

  • Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached
  • Meat that has been boned out
  • Hides with no heads attached
  • Clean skulls (no meat or tissue attached) or clean skull plates with antlers attached
  • Antlers (detached from the skull plate)
  • Clean upper canine teeth of elk, also called “buglers,” “whistlers” or “ivories”
  • Finished taxidermy heads
  • Hunters may NOT import whole carcasses or parts of deer or elk that contain nervous system tissue such as the brain or spinal column.

For more information on CWD visit

To report violations related to illegal importation of carcasses or live deer or any other natural resource criminal activity, please call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-922-5431 or visit

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