“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.
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.