Submitted by DEAN on 3/22/06 at 8:55 PM. ( )

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the importation of a deer hide and antlers from Canada that will require clearance by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Our mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Generally speaking, there are no restrictions associated with importing deer trophies as long as the animal was legally harvested in Canada and that you have the appropriate Provincial export /possession permit from where the animal was hunted. Upon arrival at the border, we require that all wildlife be declared to the Service. Please see the links below for information on Form 3-177, Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife, and the ports of entry where our officers are stationed. Since the deer is a species that the United States and Canada share, you may enter at any customs port of entry as long as the animal is declared on Form 3-177 to the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.

We suggest that you contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, for information on requirements or restrictions that may apply to the importation of your deer trophies at

Thank you for your cooperation in complying with our regulations that help protect fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats. Please feel free to respond to this message with any further inquiries that you may have regarding this matter.
03/21/2006 03:23 PM

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That is FWS's reply - still restrictions on skulls

This response submitted by Bruce Norton on 3/23/06 at 11:30 AM. ( )

You still need to have a clean skull plate and boned out meat (cervids only) to satisfy the other federal regs due ot CWD and mad cow.

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