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The movement of infected carcass parts has likely contributed to the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) across North America. Certain parts of deer carcasses, most notably the brain and spinal cord, may be heavily contaminated with the infectious agent that causes CWD.  Deer may shed prions in their urine, feces, and saliva years before any external symptoms become visible. As such, the Department restricts the movement of whole deer carcasses and certain carcass parts from deer harvested anywhere outside Virginia.  Effective August 1, 2019, importation or possession of whole deer carcasses or any parts not included in the list below originating from anywhere outside of Virginia is now prohibited.

Carcass parts that can legally be transported into Virginia from anywhere* include:


  • Finished taxidermy products

  • Boned-out cut and wrapped meat

  • Quarters of meat with no spinal column or head

  • Hides or capes with no skull attached

  • Cleaned (no brain tissue attached) skull or skull plates with or without antlers attached

  • Clean antlers with no meat or other tissues attached

  • Upper canine teeth with no root tissue attached

All of the above must be labeled with species, state/province of origin, and name and contact information for the person who killed the animal or possesses the allowed parts in Virginia. (

In light of Virginia's new law which states, NO DEER can come into the state unless the head is skinned out, we have been holding classes at Norton Taxidermy. All of the individuals listed on this panel have already taken our class, are properly trained and are ready to prepare your deer for transportation into the state of Virginia. THANK YOU for being patient and helping us put Chronis Wasting Disease behind us.


The following individuals are ready to cape your deer heads out:   


Kevin Salyer

484 Bearfield Dr

Chucky, TN 37641


Fred Johnson

4001 Bradford Court

Johnson City, TN 37601


David Harrah

184 Ranger Dr

Elizabethton, TN 37643



Lee Caldwell
1059 East Hwy 221
Bledsoe, KY 40810


Allen Shelton

2010 Culvin Creek Rd

Marshall, NC 28753


J.B. Shelton

713 Lisenbee Rd

Marshall, NC 28753


Carcass Transport-

Transporting Carcasses Into Virginia

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