OT The law in Pa. prohibits people who kill deer form t aking it
home and eating it? Why is that?
I'm guessing its' because too many people were finding deer and eating
it when it was no longer safe to eat, and getting sick. ???
IIR there are an incredible 50 or 100,000 deer killed every year on
If you call the police, they send someone out to pick the deer up,
check it for safety and give it to state institutions or the poor or
something like that.
This rule or tradition also prevails in other countries where game
animals (e.g. deer in Denmark, pheasants in England) are commonly
killed by road traffic. The theory is that (1) such game is usually safe
to eat and should not go to waste, but (2) the state should avoid
incentives to drivers to kill game deliberately, so (3) passers-by may
harvest road kill, but not the individuals who killed it.
You can, but I am not sure of the reporting requirements.
Maybe it's changed but I was in a car that hit one night before buck
season years ago. I was in the back seat and saw the deer coming and
yelled to the driver who did not respond in time. Complete broadside
hit popped hood and broke radiator. We had to hitch a ride back to camp.
Car owner contacted police and game commission and was able to harvest
the deer the next day. Doe was still alive and lying off side of road
with broken legs.
Don't have any idea on the prevalence of problems but the reasons behind
it I was always told by State Game folks and veterinarians is that with
deer particularly the likelihood of gut contents contaminating the meat
is quite high in an accident. Not to mention, of course, the time
factor before finishing dressing (particularly in warm weather) if not
the actual perpetrator of the demise (and if so, that generally is last
thing one is thinking of at the time)...
With care and ok circumstances it's undoubtedly going to cause no harm
but it's certainly not w/o some concerns. And, of course, that there
are various laws/rules depending on location complicates things from the
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