Laws vary from state to state, so it’s important to know the differences if you are mailing or otherwise transporting wildlife remains across state lines. To report broken links or additional information/laws not covered here, or if you feel there is a specific part of a law that ought to be highlighted in the Notes/Links section that is not already mentioned there, email me at lupa.greenwolf(at)gmail.com. Please include, if possible, links to any relevant laws or regulations, as opposed to anecdotal evidence. I am trying to primarily keep my information to official state and/or legal sources, with a minimum amount of news articles and other secondhand information. I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice; when in doubt contact your state fish and game department.
***Before looking up your individual state, please read the following general observations about most/all states***
There are a few topics and regulations that are pretty consistent among most/all states. Instead of repeating the information in each state’s section below, I have chosen to make observations about them here. You will still need to research your state’s particular rules, regulations, and other parameters.
Every state has its own list of endangered or threatened native species of animals (and plants); generally speaking, IT IS ILLEGAL to harvest parts of those animals in those states, though some states allow certain exceptions with a permit, or do not prohibit parts of those species legally taken in another state. Please review state regulations to determine restrictions on owning parts of these animals, as well as lists of animals considered endangered or threatened, and please do not assume specific examples given below (which primarily, though not exclusively, concern game animals) are the only species affected.
Generally speaking, states require taxidermy permits for anyone performing taxidermy (and sometimes hide tanning) for a fee. Almost all states require a license to buy and sell raw, untanned hides of furbearers taken in that state, and in many states you are not allowed to possess the carcasses or raw hides of game animals beyond a certain period of time past the open season on those animals unless you are a licensed taxidermist and/or fur dealer. In certain states a fur dealer or taxidermist license is required for other sales/etc. involving parts other than raw hides and carcasses, and I have attempted to make state-specific notes regarding these. Generally speaking, most states also require tagging for otter and bobcat hides, and some states require tagging or permanent seals for hides and/or other parts of other species. Most states have restrictions on importing cervid (deer, elk, etc.) parts from other states due to Chronic Wasting Disease. Generally (though not universally) the hides and antlers are allowed, but the brain and nervous system are prohibited due to their ability to carry CWD. Please note that some states have laws governing the collection of roadkill of some or all species.
The first link offered for each state is its department of fish and wildlife webpage; these are the people you should contact if you have any questions about state regulations. Other pertinent links may include current rules and regulations relevant to the possession, sale and other exchange of animal parts, and other links of note. In some cases, rules and regulations are easy to find through the state’s department of fish and wildlife page; in others, the laws are more difficult to navigate to, and so I’ve linked to the relevant laws here. Additionally, some states publish a yearly guide to hunting, trapping and the like that includes animal parts regulations.
|State||Notable Restricted Species, Including Those Other Than Native State Endangered/Threatened (MAY NOT BE COMPLETE)||Links to Laws, Plus Additional Restrictions and Commentary|
|Alabama||Black bear parts are prohibited except for possession only (not sale or barter) of parts legally taken in other states. It is illegal to skin a cat or dog, to buy or sell its hide, or offer to buy or sell its hide; it is illegal to buy or sell the parts of any game animal taken in Alabama except for deer hides and hooves, squirrel hides and tails, certain art and others finished items, and exceptions are made for certain furbearing animals.||Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Primary list of relevant laws; 2015-2016 Regulations Relating to Game, Fish and Fur-Bearing Animals ; information on fur dealer license; black bear legislation; law prohibiting possession or exchange of dog or cat hides
Anyone who transports raw furs outside of the state must have a fur dealer license.
|Alaska||It is illegal to sell brown bear parts except those made into handicrafts or those with special permits such as licensed taxidermists and estate executors. It is also illegal to sell big game trophies, or bear gall bladders. It is illegal to sell big game skulls except for black bear, wolf, or wolverine. Skulls of black bear, wolf, wolverine, river otter, and lynx must be sealed prior to sale. Certain unsealed marten, fisher and beaver parts may not be sold. Antlers and horns may only be sold if naturally shed or if detached from the skull, except for caribou antlers which may only be sold if naturally shed or if made into handicrafts. Permits to sell prohibited items may be available to licensed taxidermists and certain other persons. Barter of furs, handcrafts, big game horns detached from the skull, or skulls of black bear, wolf or wolverine is allowed.||Alaska Department of Fish and Game; Restrictions on Sale of Big Game Parts; Overview of Fish and Wildlife Regulations; information on fur dealer license; regulations on roadkill and other salvage
It is illegal for citizens to collect road kill, and road kill should be reported to the state department of fish and game (who collects salvagable meat for charity)
|Arizona||Jaguar parts are specifically prohibited for possession except those legally possessed prior to 1997; bobcat skins and bighorn sheep horns must be sealed prior to sale; most bighorn sheep parts taken prior to 2005 are also prohibited for sale except by the state||Arizona Fish and Wildlife; All Arizona State Game and Fish Laws and Rule to include hunting and trapping regulations; salvage permit information for roadkilled big game; roadkill collection for Mexican wolf food; laws regarding fur dealer license
Anyone who resells parts of “predatory, non-game or fur-bearing mammals” taken in Arizona must have a fur dealer’s license. Also be aware of the sections regarding shipping and exporting animal parts in Chapter 3, Article 4. Roadkilled big game animals may only be collected by the person who hit them, and only with a permit.
|Arkansas||It is illegal to take wild chicken turtles or alligator snapping turtles or possess the parts of those taken in Arkansas; turtle farmers must be licensed. There are also specific regulations surrounding importing cervid parts as per 5.26 of the Fish and Game Code Book.||Arkansas Fish and Game Commission; Arkansas Fish and Game Code Book; Buying and Selling Furs
Residents may not buy or sell parts of animals taken in Arkansas between May 1 and June 30, with the exception of tanned hides, taxidermy, and whole carcasses for personal use only.
|California||Sale or possession of any parts of any of the following animals is prohibited, except possession of legally taken animals with a state-issued permit: Morro Bay kangaroo rat, Bighorn sheep except Nelson bighorn sheep, Northern elephant seal, Guadalupe fur seal, Ring-tailed cat, Pacific right whale, Salt-marsh harvest mouse, Southern sea otter, Wolverine.
It is illegal to buy, sell, or possess with intent to sell the parts of polar bear, leopard, ocelot, tiger, cheetah, jaguar, sable antelope, wolf (Canis lupus), zebra, whale, cobra, python, sea turtle, colobus monkey, kangaroo, vicuna, sea otter, free-roaming feral horse, dolphin or porpoise (Delphinidae), Spanish lynx, or elephant, as well as black bear. Bobcat pelts must be sold with the proper tags. It is illegal to buy, sell or trade the teeth and tusks of elephant, hippopotamus, mammoth, mastodon, walrus, warthog, whale and narwhal, as well as rhinoceros horn, regardless of whether it is raw, worked or powdered, or from a store or a private collection. It is illegal to buy, sell or import the remains of any alligator or crocodile. There are also specific regulations surrounding importing cervid parts as per the Mammal Hunting Regulations, Section 2, §712. Parts of a bear may only be possessed for personal use by the person who legally hunted it. Mountain lion parts may only be sold if the seller can prove they possessed the parts legally prior to 1990.
|California Department of Fish and Game; CA Fish and Game Code; hunting and fishing regulations; specific regulations on importing animal parts into California; specific information surrounding black bears; information on fur dealer license; fur dealer application; prohibition on collecting roadkill; prohibition of sale of domestic dog and cat hides; SF Gate article on illegal trade in animal parts; article with Q&A about selling animal parts in CA; blog by a CDFW employee clarifying wildlife-related laws; information on ivory ban; information on crocodilians ban.
California is notoriously strict on the trade in animal parts, particularly endangered animals. It is illegal to collect roadkill.
|Colorado||Sale of bear gall bladder and velvet antlers, is illegal, with some exceptions as provided by Article X #018 of the Division of Wildlife Regulations; bighorn sheep horns and heads must be inspected and marked before sale; state employees may receive “scrap” as long as nothing is exchanged for it.||Colorado Division of Wildlife; main index of Division of Wildlife Regulations; Small Game Regulations; Big Game Regulations; details on trophy hunting restrictions
Roadkill may be collected with proper authorization as per Article X #016 of the Division of Wildlife Regulations. It is illegal to kill animals only for trophies and to waste the rest of the carcass.
|Connecticut||There are restrictions on what cervid parts may be imported into the state; certain raw hides, skins and carcasses (bobcat, black bear, pine marten, Canada lynx, mountain lion) must have proper tags regardless of state of origin as per 26-78-1||Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; all State DEP regulations; Regulations for Tanning, Curing or Mounting Wild Birds and Quadrepeds; hunting and trapping regulations with specific stipulations for bobcat and black bear; restrictions on importing cervid parts; information on deer roadkill; information on black bear, moose and deer roadkill
Roadkill may only be turned into tanned hides/taxidermy/etc. with a permit, and the resulting hide/taxidermy/etc. must be donated to an institution approved by the state. You are required to have a deer transportation permit to pick up roadkilled deer, or a permit to pick up roadkilled moose or black bear.
|Delaware||There are restrictions on importing cervid parts; it is illegal to possess or sell bear gall bladders or other bear viscera, and all other bear parts must comply with CITES regulations. The regulations also outlaw trade in native species endangered in the state, with a list in 16.0. It is illegal to sell or possess parts of leopard; snow leopard; clouded leopard; tiger; cheetah; alligators, crocodiles or caiman; vicuna; red wolf; polar bear; and harp seals; it is illegal to sell domestic cat or dog pelts or flesh particularly for human consumption, or to sell the hair of dogs or cats||Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife; State Wildlife Regulations; hunting and trapping guide; specific prohibitions on endangered species; prohibition of sale/barter on domestic dog or cat hides, hair and meat
A fur dealer license is necessary to trade in raw hides except muskrat.
|Florida||There are very strict regulations surrounding buying, selling or possessing black bear and other bear parts; it is illegal to hunt or possess native mink, weasel, round-tailed muskrat or Key Vaca raccoon parts; it is illegal to buy, sell, or give away any dog or cat pelt or fur; a permit is required to sell alligator parts; a license is not required to practice taxidermy, but permits are neeed for certain protected species||Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Index of state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission codes; Prohibition on black bear parts; more information on black bears; information on importing cervid parts; law regarding dog and cat fur; more information on wildlife laws, including specifics on alligators and their hides; details on practicing taxidermy in Florida
A permit is necessary to sell alligator hides; permission from the state is required for picking up roadkill of game animals; certain furbearers can be picked up as roadkill and used in taxidermy
|Georgia||Restrictions on importing cervid parts; it is illegal to sell the hide of any domestic dog or cat caught in a trap; it is illegal to sell or transfer parts of any crocodilian species considered endangered by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service; an agent-trapper permit or farm license is required to sell alligator parts.||Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division; hunting regulations, including information on importing cervids; trapping regulations including information on alligators; trapping license info; the Georgia “Road Kill Bill”; regulations on export of wildlife, to include for scientific purposes
Roadkilled native species may be legally collected, though you must notify the state about roadkilled black bears; wildlife parts collected for scientific purposes require a permit.
|Hawaii||Trade in shark fins is prohibited; it is illegal to possess or to transport out of the state parts of wild birds, except where permitted for scientific reasons; it is illegal to buy, sell or trade the remains of any species of elephant, mammoth, rhinoceros, tiger, great ape, shark and ray, sea turtle, walrus, narwhal, whale, hippopotamus, monk seal, lion, pangolin, cheetah, jaguar, and leopard||Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources; State Wildlife Provisions; prohibition of trade in shark fins; animal trafficking laws|
|Idaho||A commercial wildlife license is required to sell bear and cougar parts. Parts of protected species that are found dead are considered property of the state and may not be collected. Roadkilled game animals may be collected. Big
game animal parts, such as hides, horns – except horns from
bighorn sheep – bones, antlers and teeth, of deer, elk, moose,
pronghorn, mountain goat, black bear, mountain lion and gray
wolves that have died of natural causes, including legally
salvaged road kill, may be recovered, possessed, purchased,
bartered, sold or transferred; if sold, black bear and mountain
lion parts must be accompanied by documentation on how they
were obtained; you must notify the state within 24 hours of your salvage and obtain a permit within 72 hours; starting July 1, 2018, new trappers will be required to take a trapping education course
|Idaho Fish and Game; Hunting Regulations, including animal part possession and trade regulations; information on collecting roadkill; roadkill collection application; information on trade in animal parts; information on trapper education law|
|Illinois||It is illegal to sell or barter inedible parts from legally salvaged roadkill deer.||Illinois Department of Natural Resources; DNR Regulations; guide to some restrictions on possessing animal parts; taxidermy laws handbook, including possession laws and list of endangered/threateded species; more legislation on possessing animal parts; fur tanner/dyer and buyer license application info; information on roadkill deer; article on roadkilled furbearers
A fur tanner permit is required to tan hides for others; roadkill deer or deer that die of natural deaths may only be possessed with permits; a furbearer license is required to collect roadkilled furbearers.
|Indiana||The only wild game parts that may be sold are lawfully taken fur hides, squirrel tails, deer hides, antlers and hooves, and cured feathers from game birds.||Indiana DNR Fish and Wildlife Services; hunting and trapping guide, including some possession information; information on taxidermy legalities, including possession; fur buyer license and regulations
Roadkill or natural-death deer may only be possessed with permits.
|Iowa||There are specific parts of out of state cervids that may not be imported; it is illegal to possess antlers attached to a skull without a permit (sheds are okay).||Iowa Department of Natural Resources; index of Iowa legislation, relevant laws indexed under “natural resources” and where you can search for these laws; Wildlife conservation code; hunting and related regulations; information on fur dealer and taxidermy licenses|
|Kansas||n/a||Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; endangered species info, including regarding permits; restrictions on commercialization of wildlife; furharvester license information; hunting regulations, furbearer section includes possession and sale regulations|
|Kentucky||Spotted skunk parts may not be sold or possessed; restrictions on importing cervid parts; black bear parts may not be sold except finished taxidermy mounts with registation; inedible parts of deer, turkeys and other game animals may only be sold by licensed taxidermists; finished taxidermy mounts and other trophies may be bought and sold by anyone, but those of black bear, bobcat, white-tailed deer, elk and wild turkey must be registered with the state.||Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources; Hunting/Trapping Guide; taxidermy laws and info; information on buying and selling taxidermy mounts and registrations; fee for taxidermist license; general wildlife and related regulations in Title 301
Those engaging in mounting hides and other animal parts must have a taxidermist license, however, those making garments or other items out of inedible animal parts do not require a license.
|Louisiana||It is illegal to hunt or possess spotted fawns; it is illegal to sell the parts of recreationally hunted nutria; alligator hides require a CITES tag.||Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Wildlife regulations overview, including hunting and trapping regulations with fur buyer/dealer regulations; more information on fur buyer/dealer licenses; more information on alligator hunting and parts
A fur dealer license is required to ship raw hides/carcasses out of state, and they may only be shipped to non-resident licensed fur buyers.
|Maine||There are specific restrictions on the sale of bear, deer and turkey parts and bear gall bladders in specific; there are specific restrictions on what cervid parts may be imported.||Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Hunting and Trapping laws, including possession regulations and licenses; taxidermy licensure information; index of fish and wildlife laws; specific information on buying and selling certain wildlife parts
Raw hides, carcasses, heads, and bear gall bladders may only be bought or sold with a fur dealer license, seasonal hide dealer license, or taxidermist license. Imported raw hides must be tagged, either in the state of origin, or upon arrival in Maine, unless they are specifically for taxidermy; a licensed taxidermist must also have a hide dealer license.
|Maryland||There are specific regulations for importing cervid parts; it is illegal to sell parts of bears that have been killed in Maryland.||Maryland Departnment of Natural Resources; DNR Regulations; information on fur dealer and taxidermist/fur tanner permits; deer salvage permit; bear hunting regulations
A fur dealer permit is required to sell quadreped hides, with some exceptions. Deer that die natural deaths on private land or that are roadkill may be possessed with a deer salvage permit.
|Massachusetts||There are restrictions on importing cervid parts.||Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife; Division of Fisheries and Wildlife regulations; fur labeling legislation; trapping and fur bearer license information; hunting, fishing and trapping regulations; article on Massachusetts roadkill collectors
Furs and items made from furs must have the species clearly marked; fur buyer license required for buying/selling raw hides except for personal use; certain furbearer hides must be tagged in the state of origin to be sold in Massachusetts; roadkill deer may be salvaged if properly reported.
|Michigan||Only skulls and hides (not claws) of black bears may be traded. Cougar parts may not be bought or sold, and cougar, deer and elk roadkill may not be collected; cougar (and lynx, along with other endangered native species) trophies may under certain circumstances be imported; deer and bear roadkill may be collected with a permit.||Michigan Department of Natural Resources; legalities on possessing and selling/buying raw hides; trapper education manual; additional hunting regulations with list of game animals; special permit regulations including roadkill; taxidermy permit information, including more detailed information on roadkill, and possession/sale restrictions of numerous species; restrictions on importing cervid parts.
A fur dealer’s license is required to trade in raw hides or plumage of several specific species of mammal/bird; roadkill deer and bear may only be possessed with a permit; other roadkill animals may be restricted.
|Minnesota||Black bear parts are legal to sell, except gall bladders, and paws not attached to hides; tanned otter, marten, fisher or bobcat hides still need to be registered; roadkilled or nuisance-killed lynx or wolf may not be possessed without a permit; several other species that are accidentally or nuisance-killed may be possessed only if reported within a certain time frame; roadkilled deer may be possessed with a permit; the only deer skulls that may be imported from other states are antlers or clean skull plates||Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; DNR Regulations; hunting and trapping regulations; fur buyer license information; fur tanning and dressing/taxidermy license information; roadkill deer information; information on importing deer remains from out of state
A person who tans a furbearer pelt from an animal that was nuisance-killed may be entitled to funds from the sale of the pelt; taxidermists and fur manufacturers are not required to have a fur buyer license, but anyone processing or mounting hides for profit needs a fur tanning license
|Mississippi||Spotted fawns may not be hunted (and presumably possessed). Most game and non-game native animal parts may not be sold, with a few exceptions; black bear parts may not be sold.||Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; hunting regulations, including restrictions on sale of native wildlife parts; trapping and fur dealing info, including regulations in trade in furbearer hides
A fur buyer license is required to trade in green hides, and there are additional regulations surrounding trade in hides.
|Missouri||n/a||Missouri Department of Conservation and Wildlife; Hunting and Trapping regulations, including possession regulations; trapping regulations; information on taxidermy-tanning permit; information on hunting and trapping permits; general conservation regulations.
Skinned carcasses of furbearers may be sold year-round, but a trapping (resident or non-resident) permit is needed to sell furbearers.
|Montana||It is illegal to sell grizzly bear parts.||Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Montana Fish and Wildlife Code index; fur dealer license information; hunting regulations; roadkill law
Roadkill antelope, deer, elk, and moose may be collected with a permit.
|Nebraska||Black bear parts may not be bought or sold; of native game, only hides, hair, hooves, bones, antlers, and horns of antelope, deer, or elk, the skins, tails, or feet of rabbits and squirrels, and the feathers or skins of upland game birds may be sold; shed antlers from deer and elk and antelope horns may be collected and sold; there are additional restrictions on the parts of mountain sheep||Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; Game and Parks Statutes index; roadkill information.
Written permission is required to possess raw hides more than ten days after the end of the season; roadkill deer, elk or antelope may be possessed by the person who hit them with a permit; a permit may be issued to a person who find an elk, deer or antelope that died naturally. NOTE: The primary document explaining roadkill laws has been taken down and not replaced.
|Nevada||It is illegal to buy or sell bear gall bladders; possession of more than two bear gall bladders is evidence that they are possessed for intended sale; it is illegal to possess roadkilled game animals as they are considered property of the state.||Nevada Department of Wildlife; Index of hunting, fishing and trapping laws; fur dealer application; article including information and link about roadkill restrictions
A transportation permit is necessary to transport within or outside of the state raw hides and some other parts of various native species hunted in-state.
|New Hampshire||It is illegal to kill and possess parts of cougars or lynx taken in-state; only the heads, hides and feet of moose, deer and black bear may be sold.||New Hampshire Fish and Game Department; Fish and Game statutes; hunting regulations; information on laws including roadkill regulations
Roadkilled deer, bear, moose or turkey may not be collected without a permit.
|New Jersey||Bobcat parts from in-state are prohibited; bobcat parts from out of state may be possessed but not sold; only the raw or processed hide, tail, the portion of the front leg limited to the carpal, metacarpal, and phalange bones, or the portion of the hind leg limited to the tarsus, metatarsus, and phalange bones of a white-tailed deer may be sold; it is illegal to possess horseshoe crabs or their eggs; black bear parts may not be sold.||New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife; Wildlife regulations index; Title 23 regulations; fur labeling regulations; unlawful sale, purchase of wildlife; details on tagging and transporting certain animal parts; article about roadkill.
Any article of clothing sold with any amount of fur incorporated into it must be labeled with the type of fur; roadkill may be collected with a permit.
|New Mexico||Skulls of deer, elk, ibex, oryx, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, bears and cougars that die naturally in the state are considered property of the state and may not be collected by private citizens; it is illegal to buy, barter or sell black bear organs.||New Mexico Game and Fish; Hunting regulations, including Big and Small Game Guides; donation certificate for parts; information on black bears; furbearer law info; fur dealer license application; fur dealer monthly report form
Any big game parts that are found out in the wild may not be possessed without permission from the Department of Game and Fish; a donation certificate is required to receive game parts from a hunter or trapper; anyone, except a trapper selling their own take, who buys and sells more than fifty raw furbearer hides a year must possess a fur dealer license.
|New York||No part of the skin or body, whether raw or manufactured, of the following species of wild animals or the animal itself may be sold or offered for sale by any individual, firm, corporation, association or partnership within the state of New York :–Leopard, Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Cheetah, Alligators, Caiman or Crocodile of the Order Crocodylia (except as provided in subdivision two of this section), tortoises of the genus Gopherus, marine turtles of the family Cheloniidae and the family Dermochelidae, Vicuna, Wolf, Red Wolf, or Tasmanian Forester Kangaroo or Polar Bear, Mountain Lion, sometimes called Cougar, Jaguar, Ocelot, or Margay, Sumatran Rhinoceros, or Black Rhinoceros. However, a permit exists to potentially allow for legally taken dead endangered species parts. A permit is required to import parts of crocodilians. it is illegal to cut the fins off sharks and discard the rest.||New York Department of Environmental Conservation; Relevant laws; more relevant laws; fur labeling information; index of fish and wildlife laws; information on dead endangered species permit; shark fin law
Clothing with real fur must have it labeled as such; roadkill deer, moose or bear may be collected by the person who accidentally hit the animal if permission for collection is given by the state.
|North Carolina||Bear parts may not be sold and may only be bought from a state other than North Carolina as long as the sale of bear parts is legal in that state; cougar, beaver and fox parts are also subject to restrictions; Lee and Martin County specifically prohibit the sale of native fox parts, even legally hunted.||North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission; Sale and possession of wildlife; more information on sale of wildlife parts; protection of animals statutes; fur dealer license application; hunting regulations; fox hunting regulations; bear hunting regulations; trophy (taxidermy) sale permit information|
|North Dakota||Black bear parts may not be bought or sold.||North Dakota Game and Fish Department; hunting information (scroll down near the end for extensive regulations links); more regulations; brief article on roadkill permits.
Roadkill may not be possessed without a permit.
|Ohio||n/a||Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife; hunting and trapping regulations (extensive); guide to educational exceptions; information on roadkill deer; more roadkill information in article about proposed law.
Roadkill deer, turkeys, wild boars and feral hogs may be possessed with permit if reported within 24 hours. Parts of native furbearers other than hides may only be possessed with an education permit or receipt from a wildlife officer.
|Oklahoma||Raw parts of swift fox, spotted skunk and ringtail may only be possessed if the animals were taken legally in another state.||Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation; Wildlife regulations; more information on wildlife possession; more hunting regulations
It is illegal to abandon the non-trophy parts of a game animal legally killed.
|Oregon||Black bear and cougar parts may not be bought, bartered or sold; the parts of gray wolf, lynx, wolverine, fisher, kit fox and ringtail may only be sold if they were legally taken outside of the state; as of July 1, 2017 it is illegal to buy, sell or trade parts of rhino, cheetah, tiger, sea turtle, lion, elephant, whale, shark, pangolin, jaguar, ray, and leopard; it is illegal to sell domestic dog or cat fur obtained by maiming or killing the animal; A hide and antler license is required to sell deer hides or antlers except as finished artwork, or to purchase hides or antlers to include for incorporation in artwork; deer antlers must be detached from the skull plate or the skull plate must be split before antlers may be sold to a hide and antler dealer; it is illegal to cut the fins off sharks and discard the rest (except spiny dogfish).||Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Animal parts laws; hide/antler dealer license information; hunting regulations; prohibition on selling domestic dog or cat fur; information on roadkill; information on shark fin ban; information on Measure 100, which prohibits trade in certain animal parts; information on roadkill laws
Roadkilled furbearers may only be collected by those with a furbearer license; big game roadkill may not be collected by anyone, including licensed hunters, until a new law goes into effect by 2019; unprotected animals like coyotes, skunks, nutria, opossum, badger, porcupine, and weasel may be collected by anyone.
|Pennsylvania||It is illegal to sell any fur, skin or hair of a domestic dog or cat (does not include hair naturally shed or removed through grooming); it is illegal to sell, buy or barter for shed antlers; it is illegal to import certain wildlife parts from out of the state without a permit.||Pennsylvania Game Commission; Relevant laws; more relevant laws; dog and cat product act; information on importing restricted wildlife parts and permits; brief information on deer roadkill; emails regarding roadkill collection
Roadkill deer may be collected with a permit, for food only, and antlers may not be collected.
|Rhode Island||n/a||Rhode Island Divion of Fish and Wildlife; Fish and wildlife regulations; fur buyer permit information; hunting and trapping regulations
Roadkilled furbearers may be collected with a license.
|South Carolina||It is illegal to buy, sell or barter bear parts, or deer antlers still attached to the pedicle (part of the skull the antler is attached to). Wild turkey parts may not be sold, with the exception of feathers used in art made by who is a member of a tribe recognized by (1) Public Law 101-644, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board Act, and (2) the state’s Commission on Minority Affairs pursuant to Section 1-31-40.||South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; Department of Natural Resources regulations page
Raw hides or whole dead animals may only be exported out of the state with a permit.
|South Dakota||It is illegal to sell or buy the paws (as well as meat and internal organs) of big game animals, except for bear paws which may only be sold attached to a hide; sale of big game heads, hides, claws, and non-velvet antlers is allowed.||South Dakota Department of Fish, Game and Parks; Game, fish, parks and forestry laws; 2013 bill to make roadkill public property
A bill was written but declared dead in 2013 that would have made all roadkill public property.
|Tennessee||It is illegal to sell wild bullfrog parts (domestic ones are okay). Black bear parts are illegal to trade in, though they may be bought from outside the state as long as they are not resold within the state.||Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; roadkill info (under Accidents); hunting/etc. information; specific animal parts that may be bought or sold
Roadkill may be possessed, except deer and other big game must have a permit within 48 hours of the accident, and bears may not be taken away until the permit is issued. A fur dealer license is required to deal in raw hides, except for furriers.
|Texas||It is illegal to trade in black bear parts; it is also illegal to sell or buy bat parts; a permit is required to sell alligator parts.||Texas Parks and Wildlife; regulations, including regarding endangered species, and hunting/trapping; law concerning bats; regulations regarding alligators; regulations on sale of furbearer pelts
It is illegal to pick up roadkill.
|Utah||All black bear and cougar parts except for tanned hides are illegal to buy and sell. There are restrictions on collecting shed antlers, to include a permit period (see Big Game guide book) and you must complete an online course before you can collect sheds; Native American inmates may possess eagle parts.||Utah Division of Wildlife Services; Black bear guidebook; collection of all relevant hunting guide books and laws; antler shed online course; law concerning Native American inmate possession of eagle parts; article on current and potential future roadkill laws
Proof of legal ownership is required to possess any tanned native furbearer hides except coyote, red fox, and striped skunk; roadkill may be collected with a permit.
|Vermont||n/a||Vermont Fish and Wildlife; hunting and trapping laws; regulations concerning importing big game parts from other states
Anyone trading in deer or furbearer hides must have a fur buyer’s license.
|Virginia||There are restrictions on taking cervid parts out of areas of the state affected by Chronic Wasting Disease, as well as importing them from other states. It is illegal to buy or sell black bear parts. It is illegal to sell any garment made with domestic dog or cat fur or to kill a dog or cat for its hide; enrolled Native Americans may trade in certain otherwise restricted wildlife parts.||Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; dog and cat fur statute; fur dealer permit application/details; hunting/trapping regulations; laws on buying and selling wildlife, including parts; information on wildlife parts restrictions including exemptions for Native Americans
A permit is required to buy or sell furs/hides, or to otherwise deal in fur as a business, without a permit. Roadkilled bears or deer may only be kept with permission.
|Washington||Nonedible parts of game animals may be bought and sold except for all parts of bighorn sheep and mountain goat, velvet deer and elk antlers, black bear gall bladders, claws and teeth (except for black bear claws or teeth attached to a rug or taxidermy mount or a raw black bear hide); it is illegal to buy or sell shark fins. It is illegal to buy or sell the remains of elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, lion, leopard, cheetah, pangolin, marine turtle, shark and ray.||Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Fur dealer license info; hunting and trapping regulations; shark fin law; wildlife parts prohibited starting in 2015; clarification on 2015 wildlife parts law; info on roadkill collection; more restrictions on roadkill collection
Roadkilled deer and elk may be collected under certain limitations.
|West Virginia||There are restrictions on exporting cervids out of the Chronic Wasting Disease area. The hide, head, antlers and feet of deer, and hide, head and skull of black bears may be sold. There are limitations on exporting certain wildlife parts.||West Virginia Department of Natural Resources; Natural resources regulations; wildlife parts possession including roadkill
A license is required to trade in raw furs, and exported raw hides must be clearly marked on the package, and certain raw hides or parts must be tagged within 30 days of the close of the hunting/trapping season; roadkill, except for birds, spotted fawns, and bear cubs may be possessed with a permit if reported to the statewithin 12 hours.
|Wisconsin||The only bear parts that may be sold are hides with the head, claws and teeth still attached; these may not be sold separately. Only the head, non-spotted skin, and non-velvet antlers of deer may be sold if they are severed from the rest of the carcass. It is illegal to possess velvet antlers, spotted (fawn) deer hides, and albino or white deer parts except the head, tarsel glands or hooves (exceptions to the lattermost may be made with a permit). There are restrictions on exporting deer parts from areas with Chronic Wasting Disease.||Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Fur labeling law; index of trapping and hunting regulations; article with information on roadkill collection and DNR roadkill hotline
Any garment made with fur must have the type of fur clearly marked. There are restrictions on shipping and trading in raw hides, to include relevant permits, and certain raw hides must be tagged within a specific period of time after the season ends. Roadkill deer, bears or turkeys may be possessed, with a state permit, by the person who hit it or anyone else.
|Wyoming||There are restrictions on collecting shed antlers in some parts of the state at certain times of the year. Black bear, cougar, wolf and other big game parts may not be exported without an interstate game tag.||Wyoming Game and Fish Department; shed antler collection regulations; hunting and trapping regulations; proposed roadkill law
A fur dealer license is required to trade in raw hides other than from cloven hoof big game animals; an employee of a licensed fur dealer may act under the employer’s authority with proof; roadkill big game animals may only be possessed with a tag from a game warden, other roadkill is illegal.