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Old 11-14-2017, 04:45 PM   #1
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Can someone LEGALLY kill a deer, get the meat processed, give the meat to a friend who then hands over money to cover the processing cost? Asking for a friend.

Not sure if if matters but let's say you gave the processor boned out meat so that a tag was not needed.

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Old 11-14-2017, 04:52 PM   #2
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Didn’t think you can transfer bones out meat? And selling game is illegal but paying for the processing should be somewhat legal.
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Old 11-14-2017, 04:52 PM   #3
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I am not sure on the legal side of things for regular joe, but processors sell meat that is not picked up all the time.
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Old 11-14-2017, 04:52 PM   #4
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Why don't you just have the person who wants the meat processed, take the meat to the processor? I've taken, and have paid for many deer that weren't mine.
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Old 11-14-2017, 04:55 PM   #5
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Processors do take boned out meat. Hudson's in Austin charges $0.90 per pound to debone meat, so you can save about $50 per deer to do it yourself before taking it in.
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:07 PM   #6
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You can sell venison to a friend. You actually can sell venison to the public too, but you have to have it inspected. You can't sell uninspected wild game that's actually the law.

but as long as you aren't making a business out of it or selling to the general public you are fine. it's the same as selling any other private property to a private party.
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:12 PM   #7
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I just found this:

SUBCHAPTER B. SALE, TRANSPORTATION, AND STORAGE OF GAME

Sec. 62.021. SALE OR PURCHASE OF CERTAIN GAME. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (c), no person may sell, offer for sale, purchase, offer to purchase, or possess after purchase a wild bird, game bird, or game animal, dead or alive, or part of the bird or animal.
(b) This section applies only to a bird or animal protected by this code without regard to whether the bird or animal is taken or killed in this state.
(c) This section does not prohibit the sale of:
(1) a live game animal, a dead or live game bird, or the feathers of a game bird if the sale is conducted under authority of a license or permit issued under this code; or
(2) the following inedible parts:
(A) an inedible part, including the feathers, bones, or feet, of a game bird other than a migratory game bird that was lawfully taken or is lawfully possessed;
(B) the hair, hide, antlers, bones, horns, skull, hooves, or sinew, as applicable, of a deer, pronghorn antelope, desert bighorn sheep, collared peccary or javelina, red squirrel, or gray squirrel; or
(C) the feathers of a migratory game bird in accordance with federal law.

So it seems that the only part you can legally sale is the non edible portions.
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:13 PM   #8
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You don ot need a tag if you take boned out meat to the processor. Been doing it for years so processor can make my summer sausage. Have the friend give the money to the processor. Does not matter who pays him that way you are not selling..
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:13 PM   #9
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I pick up multiple deer for many people and pay the processing, shouldn't be an issue on another paying for the processing.

I also bring all my boned out meat at the end of the season to my processor, in ziplock bags. Never had an issue yet.
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:13 PM   #10
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Didn’t think you can transfer bones out meat? And selling game is illegal but paying for the processing should be somewhat legal.
Somewhat legal? Now that's a new term
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:22 PM   #11
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Can someone LEGALLY kill a deer - yes
get the meat processed - yes
give the meat to a friend - yes
who then hands over money to cover the processing cost - Pretty sure the answer is no problem, but my opinion is just that. but who would know besides your friend and him? unless your friend plans to call the GW to witness the transaction

does your friend ever drive over the speed limit? Just curious...
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:34 PM   #12
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Was reading through that legal definition section. Also spotted something that made me laugh. Mind that this is effective as of Jun 2007
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:34 PM   #13
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SMDH.....

What the hell kind of question is this? I mean c'mon, if your friend wants to give his friend money to cover processing cost, then NO BIG DEAL... Now if said friend wants to sell to public without properly gaining the right permits/legal process, then BIG DEAL...
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:48 PM   #14
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Can someone LEGALLY kill a deer, get the meat processed, give the meat to a friend who then hands over money to cover the processing cost? Asking for a friend.
I believe that you would technically be selling the wild game meat. However, considering the facts mentioned, I would think a GW would have to be having a pretty bad day to write you up for it (especially if the friend pays you exactly the amount you paid the processor).

I didn't sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I am a recovering attorney.
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:53 PM   #15
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This will help your friend avoid issues at the processor:

https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/o...er-of-wildlife


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Old 11-14-2017, 06:08 PM   #16
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You can sell it for processing fee.


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Old 11-14-2017, 06:30 PM   #17
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You can't sell whitetail venison in Texas period.

You can give it to a friend of relative or donate to a food bank but you can't sell it.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:43 PM   #18
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All my venison and pork goes to the processor boneless---with the appropriate tag from my license.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:47 PM   #19
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I am not sure on the legal side of things for regular joe, but processors sell meat that is not picked up all the time.
If they do, they are doing so illegally.

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You can sell venison to a friend. You actually can sell venison to the public too, but you have to have it inspected. You can't sell uninspected wild game that's actually the law.

but as long as you aren't making a business out of it or selling to the general public you are fine. it's the same as selling any other private property to a private party.
Nope.

"Sec. 62.021. SALE OR PURCHASE OF CERTAIN GAME. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (c), no person may sell, offer for sale, purchase, offer to purchase, or possess after purchase a wild bird, game bird, or game animal, dead or alive, or part of the bird or animal."
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:24 PM   #20
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Donate it to said friend, he then drops some money on the ground that you find afterwards.
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:31 PM   #21
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Sell it to him (illegal). He buys it (illegal). Then call the GW on each other...
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:31 PM   #22
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I'll sell you a pencil for X amount of money, and I'll throw in this processed deer for free.

See how simple it is.........
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:45 PM   #23
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SMDH.....

What the hell kind of question is this? I mean c'mon, if your friend wants to give his friend money to cover processing cost, then NO BIG DEAL... Now if said friend wants to sell to public without properly gaining the right permits/legal process, then BIG DEAL...
I agree and approve of this message!

Good grief!
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:03 PM   #24
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Can someone LEGALLY kill a deer, get the meat processed, give the meat to a friend who then hands over money to cover the processing cost? Asking for a friend.

Not sure if if matters but let's say you gave the processor boned out meat so that a tag was not needed.


In my opinion, Yes.

The meat has been processed already, so there is no tag or resource document issue at hand (processor is “final destination”).

You may legally give the finished product to whomever you choose.

The recipient may reimburse you for the processing costs (which you’ve already paid out of pocket). You are not making any money.

Reimbursing someone for a service (processing) and purchasing a commodity (venison) are not the same thing.

A REALLY overzealous Warden may write the ticket. The JP will dismiss it.


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Old 11-14-2017, 08:09 PM   #25
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If they do, they are doing so illegally.



Nope.

"Sec. 62.021. SALE OR PURCHASE OF CERTAIN GAME. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (c), no person may sell, offer for sale, purchase, offer to purchase, or possess after purchase a wild bird, game bird, or game animal, dead or alive, or part of the bird or animal."
Perhaps they are just recouping the processing fees and any added beef/pork. I have never looked into it but processed meat that is not picked up I have seen go to someone other than the tag holder with money changing hands. Like I said, I am not sure of the legality. Perhaps a processor can chime in, hunters drop deer off and do not pick them up all the time.

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Old 11-14-2017, 08:16 PM   #26
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You can sell the wrapping paper for the cost of the processing it just so happens there was meat inside.
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