There are regulations in place that limit the transportation of deer carcasses throughout the Lower Peninsula. Carcasses from areas with CWD should never be disposed of on the landscape in CWD areas. There are no carcass transportation regulations for the Upper Peninsula.
A deer harvested in Montcalm County in its entirety, Otisco, Orleans, Ronald, or North Plains Townships in Ionia County, or Nelson, Spencer, Courtland, Oakfield, Grattan or Cannon Townships in Kent County cannot be possessed or transported outside of those listed areas, unless:
- The harvested deer is deboned meat, quarters or other parts of a cervid that do not have any part of the spinal column or head attached; antlers, antlers attached to a skull or skull cap cleaned of all brain and muscle tissue; hides, upper canine teeth, or a finished taxidermist mount OR;
- The deer carcass is taken directly to a registered processor; AND/OR
- The intact deer head detached from the carcass is taken directly to a licensed taxidermist.