Hunters bringing trophies and meat back from Canada this season will be pleased to know that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made it easier to do that. You'll recall that in 2003 a mad-cow scare caused USDA to shut down all meat importations from Canada, including wild cervids (deer, moose, caribou, etc.). Then on the eve of the hunting season, the government agreed to let hunters bring back their trophies and meat, but required them to get what they called a Veterinary Services Special Permit for the Importation of Hunter-Harvested Wild Ruminant Meat and produce a Canadian hunting license to prove the meat was from a wild animal. Well, that special permit is no longer required, and all cervid meat, including hunter-harvested meat, is again allowed unrestricted entry into the United States. The only thing you still need to show a Customs and Border Protection officer is a hunting license or tag to prove the meat is indeed wild game. The same applies to hunter harvested non-cervid meat or dressed carcasses (eviscerated and head removed), such as wild sheep, goats or bison. Additionally, hunters are no longer restricted to specific entry points in order to bring wild game meat back home.