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harvesting roadkill

Old 01-04-2003, 03:13 PM
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This past hunting season I travelled 20 miles each way to my hunting spot. On the way there,nothing;on the way back a button buck lay beside the road. He had to have been killed within three hours. It was a cold night. As I butcher my own deer I took him home and gave him a final resting place in my freezer. Have any of you harvested road kill? Any problems with that? Have you had a good or bad experience with it?

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Old 01-04-2003, 04:31 PM
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A couple years ago I had hit a deer on the road as we were going out hunting. I was able to slow down quit a bit but it was still to fast for the small deer. The deer had glanced off the side of the truck.One of my hunting partners didn't want to leave the deer behind, so we took it with us. When he ended up by cleaning the deer he had lots of spoiled meat so I don't think I would pick up a road kill.
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Old 01-04-2003, 04:32 PM
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two times,both only had a broken neck. one hit the side of a truck,the other ran into a fence.
both were only brused around the broken neck and head.I saw it happen to both.

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Old 01-04-2003, 06:09 PM
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Here in Oregon it is illegal to take a roadkill . You see a lot of deer that are killed and left on the highway and the road department doesn't bother pickng them up .I'm sure some people do but you could get a ticket .Seems like a waste to me . JMHO
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Old 01-04-2003, 06:19 PM
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I've picked two of them up and both looked good on the outside but were pretty banged up on the inside. Got a backstrap out of one and burried the other. Guess it depends on how they were hit. By the way, after picking up those two the guys at work nicknamed me vulture.<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Old 01-04-2003, 07:02 PM
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i have a friend who picks up road kills all the time. he calls his wife and she brings a big cooler and ice, then takes it home for him then he cuts it up when he gets home. bucks,does, or javelina, my wife gave him the nick name ROAD KILL JOE.<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle> <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Old 01-04-2003, 07:54 PM
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It's illegal to take roadkill here too, unless you have a roadkill tag. I've taken a couple roadkills that I can recall.
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Old 01-05-2003, 12:56 AM
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<font size=4>IT ALL DEPENDS HOW FAR I HAVE TO DRIVE INTO THE DITCH TO HIT HIM. </font id=size4><img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

HERE IN ALBERTA YOU MUST APPLY TO TAKE ROAD KILL HOME....??? guess fish cops must think you shot it with a 350 chevy slug??

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Old 01-05-2003, 04:35 AM
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Many times.But I dont butcher my own.They can get messy if there hit in the midsection.The best 2 I ever got was 2 doe that leaped off a overpass and fell on the road below.Only broken necks
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Old 01-05-2003, 04:52 AM
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When I lived in Jersey years ago and had many seasons without a hunting kill. I would take a longer back road to work to get road kills. If It is cold out you reach under the arm pit and if it is warm the deer is fresh. Like others said some are nearly 100% ok and some have a lot of waste. What the heck its better than it rotting on the side of the road. Here in Connecticut you need to go to the state police and get a tag. When you get there they will look at you like why are you bothering me!!! Most just throw them in the back of the truck,this sems to be accepted, never heard of someone being arrested for it. One guy at work slices out the back straps and hauls ass. Not sure about this , guesss it depends if you think the deer will rot anyway. Lots don't get picked up.

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