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Road kill

elubsmeelubsme Member Posts: 1,893 ✭✭✭✭

Anyone else pick them up? If they are too far gone, I drag them off for coyote bait. I have even picked up a few "other species!".


  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 12,976 ******

    I used to know a guy who hunted off season with his old pickup truck being his weapon of choice.

    Then, another acquaintance who would invite me to one of his many road kill dinners once in a while.

    There used to be an old joke about the definition of a Hillbilly. Definition claimed a Hillbilly was a Northern Michigander! 😲

    Several years ago my sister in law hit a deer and brought it home. She wanted my help in the processing and gave me a large section of the hind quarter for doing so. It was badly bruised up from the impact but back then a good hunk of meat was always welcomed especially for nearly free!

    I trimmed it up into a roast and put it into an electric lidded frying pan set to the lowest setting with some water and onions. Intended to do a low and slow cook for a tender outcome. Within about an hour, the pan started to stink to such a high degree that the entire house was filled with the most unpleasant aroma within just a few minutes! Smelled SO BAD that I unplugged the pan and put the whole mess (pan and all) out in the snowbank behind the garage! Took quite a while to get rid of the stink in the house. NEVER AGAIN!

  • Okie743Okie743 Member Posts: 2,470 ✭✭✭

    I've witnessed the same experience with old rutting bucks HQ's, especially if the scent glands are not removed from the meat.

    Even the curtains would have to be thrown away.

  • William81William81 Member Posts: 24,235 ✭✭✭✭

    Back when Racoon pelts were worth something, a guy I knew pick up any road kill he came across. He claimed he financed a trip to Canada to hunt moose after several years of doing this.

  • KenK/84BravoKenK/84Bravo Member Posts: 11,873 ✭✭✭✭

    My next door neighbor/buddy stopped and picked up a large Bobcat. Had it very nicely mounted. $600. 😮

    It does look good though.

    Extreme NE TN/W NC ya'll. 😁

  • OakieOakie Member Posts: 40,518 ✭✭✭✭

    The local PD will call me for a fresh roadkill. I take them home, butcher them up and share with the local food kitchen. I saw one killed the other day on the way to home depot. The lady in front of me hit it. Nice little buck. I was going to get it on the way back, and it was gone. 🤬. I get a couple calls a year as do some of my other neighbors. They issue us a tag for it, and we are good to go.

  • elubsmeelubsme Member Posts: 1,893 ✭✭✭✭

    That meat must have been bad from the * go. Didn't it smell bad before you cooked it???? I am extremely particular and very careful when we butcher and cook any meat.

  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 12,976 ******

    Nope, didn't smell bad and was freshly killed. I think my sister in law delayed the gutting process for my brother to do when he got home from work. He was not good at doing so either and was why I was asked to help with the butchering.

    I also am pretty sure the meat given me was the part with the most impact damage from the vehicle strike. Just another lesson taken from the school of hard knocks from which I hold a Doctorate Degree!

  • MobuckMobuck Member Posts: 13,532 ✭✭✭✭

    I have occasionally picked up a coyote, raccoon, or bobcat that wasn't mangled too badly but certainly not for eating🤔.

    My rifle supplies all the meat needed for the table.

  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,080 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 15

    Local Leo have a waiting list if you hit a deer and don't want it

    I hit my share going to work over the years

    i did kepep one and had it processed never again it was terrible after the first bite gave it all to the dogs

  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,139 ✭✭✭✭

    I ain’t eatin nuthin I run over

  • allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 35,005 ✭✭✭✭

    I was driving the big rig across Texas one night about 3 am. I was headed west on I 10 about 80 miles from San Antonio. Suddenly a huge 8 point whitetail came in to view, he was walking across the road. I swerved a little to the left, but I hit the deer in the hams. I went to the next exit, turned around and came back, found the deer on the shoulder, he was alive but couldn't stand up his hams were crushed. I cut his throat with [what else] my Buck knife.

    I called the cops, my right fender was torn up real bad but the truck was drivable, headlight OK, somehow. In a few minutes a deputy came out, he handed me the accident form and told me to fill it out, you could tell this was a routine call for him. He told me "goodbye" and he was getting in his car to leave. I said "OK, let me just get these backstraps and I'll be on my way." I had a cooler full of ice and I knew there were a couple pristine 8 pound back straps there for the taking.

    He gave me a funny look and said "Don't let Game and Fish catch you" and he drove off. I took him to mean that it was illegal to cut up road kill there. That was weird because back in Georgia cops would call me up to pick up road kill and I picked up 6 or 8 deer back home. I decided to not risk it and I drove on down towards San Antone.

    I found out later that it was illegal to recover road kill in Texas. I came back by that spot 2 days later and big Texas buzzards were there eating my backstraps.

  • elubsmeelubsme Member Posts: 1,893 ✭✭✭✭

    Pa. my home state legalized it many years ago. Kalifornia did the same two years ago. I don't know about the other states.

  • asopasop Member Posts: 8,817 ✭✭✭✭

    I've had many turkey & pheasants that either I hit or saw get hit.

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