Deer Processing and the Illegal Sale or Trade of Processed Venison

Deer Processing and the Illegal Sale or Trade of Processed Venison The 2011-2012 deer hunting season is now complete. As usual, deer hunter success varies according to whom you ask, but every successful deer hunter this past season had a decision to make – how and/or where am I going to have my deer processed?

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants to caution hunters and processors that it is unlawful to sell or exchange native white-tailed deer venison in Mississippi.

According to Col. Steve Adcock, MDWFP Chief Law Enforcement, “It is illegal to sell or exchange deer or processed venison in Mississippi as outlined in Mississippi Code 49-7-51. People are routinely misinformed when processors offer “extra” venison to customers in exchange for paying the processing charges left unpaid by the original hunter. This sale or exchange is illegal.”

This unclaimed or “extra” processed venison may be donated, but cannot be sold nor can the processing ticket be sold.

Processors would be well advised to offset the potential loss due to unclaimed processed venison by requiring a deposit prior to processing.

For more information, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com <http://www.mdwfp.com> or call our Law Enforcement Bureau at 601-432-2176. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp <http://www.facebook.com/mdwfp> or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline <http://www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline> .