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May 30, 2008


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Mike, I am a city boy here in Indianapolis and happen to be in the insurance business. I can't tell you how often we will get a deer hit and the driver waits for the Sheriff to arrive. They are not waiting to file an accident report; they are waiting for a road kill tag!

I think if I hit it and was fresh....there wouldn't be a problem.

I think I'll pass...

Mike: I live in Pa, the driver, whom has first opportunity to the carcass thereafter any passerby, may keep any deer and has 24 hrs to contact a WCO to have a permit issued for $2.00. If antlered the antlers must be surrendered as does the hide of any deer upon request.
In Pa a deer/auto collision is considered am act of God and your insurance rates will not be raised even though the insurance must pay for the repairs.

Thankfully, I'm not in dire enough financial straits to have to eat road kill just yet.


+1....yeah, but with the price of gas, I might end up changing my mind. Who knows, pretty soon we could all be pulling over some "Venison de Road". LOL!

You can actually keep the rack of a roadkilled buck here in PA if you pay something like $20 a point I believe.

As far as "finders keepers", I think it has something to do with people selling the racks off of roadkills, or maybe it's to cut down on people driving recklessly and causing accidents while trying to stop and cut the rack off a buck? Who knows?

As for eating roadkill? If it's not "road burger", you all know what I'm talking about, the kind where you drive past and are like "What did THAT used to be?!", why not eat it? It just got killed by an "alternative" method, and if it's fresh, why let it go to waste? Depending on how hard they're hit they can be severely bruised and in-edible (blood shot) though.

Good Morning
I don't know about spring roadkill. But up here we eat fall roadkill if it is not in too bad of shape. If our freezer is full there is always a family looking for a box of venison.

For me it is not so much a financial thing as much as the fact that I do not believe in letting good venison go to waste.

Have a great day!

my son was a DWCO for a few years he said WCOs have a waiting list of needy families who will take road killed venison.

I ate a small 7 this year that got hit right in front of our house(here in PA). Watched the little guy all summer. He got whacked chasing a doe across the street right around Halloween. When I butchered him, I found little damage- turned out just his back legs were broken (WCO finished him off). Got the permit free of charge and dropped the antlers of at a SGL drop off point. I'm not so desperate that I need to eat roadkill, but why let good deer meat go to waste?

if i see it get hit or hit it myself yes really can't pass up venision its too damn good

I'd eat the south end out of a north bound minstrating skunk! Hell yeah I eat road kill!

I would definately eat road kill if it was reasonably fresh. I can remember my Grandfather making us pickup deer, coons, squirls etc. that was not to mangled and that was "still warm" as he would say. So Yes I would and Yes I have.


Hi all, Been awhile since I posted. Have reclaimed several roadkills over the years, but all fresh or a game warden calling me. I give most away, but usually the tenders and backstraps are fine, and the "off side". Like Jeff said- I hate to see the venison go to waste. I have five or six folks who love venison, but can not venture into the woods due to age or illness. They appreciate the thought.

Mike I think the buck rule about getting hit is so people dont go out and intentionally run over bucks.

I've only eaten one. On the way to hunt one early morning the pickup in front of me hit a small buck. When I pulled up behind him the deer was still alive so I put it out of it's misery. Gave the guy my address and phone number and told him I'd split the deer with him but I got to take the backstraps. Threw him,(the deer, not the guy), in the suburban, took it to the lease, gutted it and brought it home to butcher. He came by and that was the end of that. Got some good venison and didn't use a tag. I'm not sure that's legal in Texas but that's the way it happened. No sense wasting good venison.

I have skinned a few road killed deer, and it just comes down to how hard the auto hit it. If it is a glancing blow that breaks a leg and you have to put it down, then it is probably OK to eat. However if they really whack it, then chances are the guts are busted,etc and the meat will probably not be so tasty.
I started to clean one for a guy one day after he hit it and wanted to keep it, but found that the impact had literally pushed its guts out between its hide and the muscle... YUCK. I wouldn't even finish cleaning it, and definitely wouldn't let him eat it.
I hit a nice doe a few weeks ago on my way to turkey hunt. I saw her coming and slammed on the breaks, but still ended up rolling her off the hood. I thought that she would be a perfect roadkill to eat. But when I opened the car door to grab her, she took off. I think she saw the doe steaks in my eyes!LOL

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