After Harvesting a Deer or Pronghorn

Valid Sep. 1, 2019 through Aug. 31, 2020.

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Tags or Permits

After a deer or pronghorn is harvested and before the deer is field dressed or moved, the appropriate hunting license tag or permit (Managed Lands Deer Program, etc.) must be immediately filled out and dates cut out.

View how to properly tag a deer.

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 to a final destination, provided it is tagged and proof of sex accompanies the deer or pronghorn.

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 48 hours of harvest.

See check stations and view CWD zones.

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 information website, call any TPWD office or call 1-800-792-1112.

Processing of Game Animals

Deer and Pronghorn

  • A deer and pronghorn may be skinned and quartered (two forequarters, two hindquarters, and two backstraps) for transport, provided the quartered deer or pronghorn is tagged and proof of sex accompanies the deer or pronghorn. See Cold Storage or Processing Facility for exceptions.
  • Deer or pronghorn may only be processed beyond quarters at a location that qualifies as a final destination.

All Game Animals (including deer and pronghorn)

  • The four quarters and two backstraps are the only parts of a game animal required by law to be kept in edible condition.
  • Tagging and proof-of-sex requirements, if required, continue to apply until the wildlife resource reaches a final destination and is quartered.
  • While in camp you may remove and prepare a part of a wildlife resource if the removal and preparation occur immediately before the part is cooked or consumed; however, all tagging and proof of sex regulations apply to remaining parts until the parts reach a final destination.

Transporting and Transferring Deer or Pronghorn

Important: Special regulations may apply within designated CWD zones. See the map of check stations and CWD zones.

  • A person may transport a deer or pronghorn to a final destination, provided the carcass is tagged and proof of sex accompanies the carcass.
  • If any part of a carcass is transferred to another person before it reaches a final destination, then the transferred parts must be accompanied by a WRD.
  • The parts retained by the person who harvested the deer or pronghorn must be accompanied by a tag until the carcass reaches a final destination.

Mandatory Harvest Reporting

Harvest reporting is now mandatory for antlerless white-tailed deer in select south-central Texas counties.

Any antlerless deer harvested in the following counties during archery, youth-only, muzzleloader, or the four doe days during general season is required to be reported within 24 hours of harvest to the department via the “My Texas Hunt Harvest” mobile app (iOS and Android) or online.


  • Austin,
  • Bastrop,
  • Caldwell,
  • Colorado,
  • Comal (East of I-35),
  • De Witt,
  • Fayette,
  • Goliad (North of US 59),
  • Gonzales,
  • Guadalupe,
  • Hays (East of I-35),
  • Jackson (north of US 59),
  • Karnes,
  • Lavaca,
  • Lee,
  • Travis (East of I-35),
  • Victoria (North of US 59),
  • Waller,
  • Washington,
  • Wharton (North of US 59), and
  • Wilson.