Hi, I am Jody Reavis owner of Reavis Skull Works. I have been in the business of beetle cleaning skulls since 2009. I maintain multiple beetle colonies year-round for the business.
Since opening I have had the opportunity to work on hundreds of customers personal trophies. I am also a lifelong hunter myself. I know choosing the right person to care for your trophy is no small decision. I have hunted all over the south east and numerous western states. The care I give my personal trophy’s will be the same care I give to each of yours.
I am a licensed taxidermist through the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. I am an active member in The North Carolina Taxidermist's Association; and have served as one of the mountain region board members for the association.
In 2006, the NCWRC implemented the first carcass rule, which prohibited importation of whole carcasses and high-risk carcass parts from CWD-positive states. In 2018, the NCWRC implemented an importation ban from all states and later amended that rule to provide an exemption for South Carolina until Aug. 1, 2020.
Importation of whole carcasses from any member of the family Cervidae (e.g., deer, elk, moose, or reindeer/ caribou) from any state, Canadian province, or foreign country outside of North Carolina is prohibited. Anyone transporting cervid carcass parts into North Carolina must follow processing and packaging regulations, which only allow the importation of:
All carcass part(s) or container of cervid meat or carcass parts must be labeled or identified with the:
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy in cervids (including white-tailed and mule deer, as well as elk, moose, and reindeer/caribou). CWD is characterized by the accumulation of prions in brain cells that eventually burst, leaving microscopic empty spaces in the brain and giving it a "spongy" appearance. Related diseases include: scrapie in sheep and goats; bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or “mad cow disease” in cattle; transmissible mink encephalopathy; and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans (see CWD Fact Sheet). CWD can be transmitted directly through animal-to-animal contact as well as indirectly through contaminated soil, plants, and other materials. It can take over 18 months after exposure for an infected animal to develop clinical signs of disease and can appear completely healthy during that time. Once an animal starts showing signs of the disease, it will steadily lose body weight and eventually die. There is currently no vaccine, treatment, or cure for CWD.
To date, CWD has been primarily found in white-tailed deer, elk, mule deer, moose, and reindeer/caribou in North America. The susceptibility of exotic cervids and other wildlife species is currently unknown.
The precautions below should be followed when handling any wild game and help to minimize the risk of exposure and transmission of diseases or foodborne illness.
Never eat meat from a deer that looks sick. Never eat a deer’s:
To be sure you’ve removed all of the parts listed above:
CWD spreads between animals through saliva, urine and feces, either through direct contact or indirectly through environmental contamination, especially in the soil. CWD prions can remain active in the soil for a very long time, even through harsh weather and fire. Soil that has come into contact with contaminated deer parts or fluids can cause CWD in deer for many years – even decades.
Taking precautions that reduce the movement of potentially infected deer parts or fluids around the landscape is crucial to managing the spread of CWD.
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