Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Deer Processing and the Illegal Sale or Trade of Processed Venison
JACKSON- 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
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
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