After Killing a Deer

Valid Sep. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2017. Also applies to pronghorn, except for License Log.

CWD Check Stations

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal deer disease that has been discovered in white-tailed deer and mule deer in localized portions of Texas. In order to detect and manage this disease, the department has designated CWD zones within which the intact, unfrozen head of any white-tailed or mule deer harvested by a hunter must be presented at a TPWD-designated check station within 24 hours of harvest.

Current CWD zones exist in all or portions of the following counties:

  • Culberson
  • El Paso
  • Hudspeth

See the map of check stations and CWD zones.

The department is considering the designation of additional zones in all or parts of Dallam, Deaf Smith, Hartley, Moore, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, and Sherman counties.

Additional regulations may apply and additional zones may be established without prior notice anywhere in the state upon discovery of CWD. The department will make every effort to publicize the designation and location of CWD zones and check stations, as well as any special regulations that may be adopted following the publication of this notice. For additional or updated information visit the CWD informational page, call any TPWD office or call 1-800-792-1112.

Tags or Permits

After a deer or pronghorn antelope is killed and before the deer is field dressed or moved, the appropriate hunting license tag or permit (MLDP, LAMPS, etc.) must be immediately filled out and dates cut out.

Additionally, if a hunting license tag is used, then the Hunting License Harvest Log (White-tailed deer only) must be legibly completed.

A hunter may transport a deer or pronghorn antelope to a final destination, provided it is tagged and proof of sex accompanies the deer or pronghorn antelope.


A hunter may skin and quarter a deer or pronghorn antelope (two forequarters, two hindquarters, and two backstraps) and possess for transport, provided the quartered deer is tagged and proof of sex accompanies the deer. See Cold Storage or Processing Facility for exceptions.

A deer or pronghorn antelope may not be processed any further than four quarters and two backstraps (example, steaks, hamburger, chili meat, etc.) until the deer or pronghorn antelope reaches a final destination, except for immediate consumption in camp.

The four quarters and two backstraps are the only parts of a deer or pronghorn antelope required by law to be kept in edible condition. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department encourages all hunters to continue to keep other portions of the deer or pronghorn antelope (trimmings from the neck and rib cage) in edible condition. Edible condition does not include any portion of a game animal, game bird, or fish that is: bruised by bullet, shot, or arrow, or otherwise destroyed as a result of harvest; decayed or rotting at the time of harvest; or obviously infected or diseased at the time of harvest.

The tag must remain with the portion of a deer or pronghorn antelope the hunter possesses. If any portion is transferred to another person before it reaches a final destination, then the transferred portion must be accompanied by a Wildlife Resource Document (PDF). See also Transfer of Wildlife Resources.