What are the rules in regard to legally harvesting a deer in another state (say Ohio) and then transporting it back into my home state of PA for consumption? Is there any special paperwork or steps that need to be taken?
As long as the deer was lawfully harvested and marked as required by the state of harvest there is nothing more you must do. Some stated require a permanant tag on the deer. Make sure tags are attached when taken to the butcher shop or at least have the tags accompany the deer. Any deer that was unlawfully taken or transported from another state into PA becomes an unlawful deer in PA and could be a federal Lacy Act violation. If your deer was taken in a CWD state there are steps you must take to not bring certain parts of the deer into PA. Check with the PGC before going if you are going to a CWD state.
<a href="http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=587240&mode=2" target="_blank">Specified parts banned from being brought into Pennsylvania by hunters include: head (including brain, tonsils, eyes and retropharyngeal lymph nodes), spinal cord/backbone, spleen, skull plate with attached antlers if visible brain or spinal cord material is present, cape if visible brain or spinal cord material is present, upper canine teeth if root structure or other soft material is present, any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord material, unfinished taxidermy mounts and brain-tanned hides. View the PGC Cervid Parts Importation Ban.