The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks cautions hunters and processors that it is unlawful to sell or exchange native white-tailed deer venison in Mississippi.
“It is illegal to sell or exchange deer or processed venison in Mississippi as outlined in Mississippi Code 49-7-51,” said Col. Steve Adcock, MDWFP Chief of Law Enforcement. “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 processing.
For more information, visit www.mdwfp.com or call the Law Enforcement Bureau at (601-) 432-2176.