Carcass disposal

Once the meat has been processed from the deer carcass, you will be left with the head, hide, bones, trimmed fat and scraps. Normally, you could dispose of these items in your normal trash pick up.

Special regulations regarding disposal of deer carcasses maybe in effect in areas where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is present. Check your state hunting regulations for additional guidance.   

The hide may be used to make rawhide or leather. If you do not want it, check with friends to see if they may have a use for it. Otherwise, it may be discarded with normal household trash.

Under no circumstances should you simply dump the deer parts along a rural road. This creates an eyesore, can attract dogs or other pets and adversely impact the image of hunters.


Proper Disposal of a Deer Carcass

Deer hunters have enjoyed mild weather and beautiful scenery this fall, but successful hunts also bring a responsibility to care for the landscape.

“Mission accomplished, your deer is dressed and ready for transportation, but there is still cleanup to take care of,” said Emmett Keyser, assistant director for the Game, Fish and Parks Division of Wildlife. “Now you have a large gut pile, and if you process the deer yourself, you’ll have legs, hide, bones and other leftovers to discard.

Proper Disposal of Deer Remains is a Rule of Good Hunter Ethics

Disposal of deer remains may not be the highlight of a hunting trip, but the state’s Deer Program coordinator says it’s an important aspect of hunting, particularly in maintaining the hunter’s image.

“Hunters should realize that improperly disposing of deer remains presents a negative public image,” said Charles Ruth, Deer/Turkey Program coordinator for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Proper Disposal of Deer Carcasses

More than 447,000 hunters in Alabama head to the woods each year in hopes of harvesting a whitetailed deer. While some hunters are more successful than others, Alabama’s abundant deer population results in a statewide average harvest of about 1.6 deer per hunter. Whether chasing after that big buck you caught on a game camera earlier in the season or simply hoping to harvest the first legal deer that comes by, the end result is the same—a freezer full of nutritious, healthy venison. Rather than taking harvested deer to a commercial