No, and I love venison. But the people who hit deer usually butcher
them in the woods, while it's fresh and uncontaminated by feces. Urban
neighbors and trash men seem to have a thing about antlers and rotting
guts in the trashcans, too. Plus, it's illegal in some states to
harvest it without a hunting license, so you could be fined.
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering WTF happened.
Quite a few years ago my wife and I spent a night in Greeneville
Junction, Maine. There was a pub there called the Roadkill Cafe,
complete with a comical menu full of flattened critters (the food was
mostly standard fare). After dinner we hung out at the bar for a while.
The fellow next to us spent more time than was absolutely necessary
describing an nighttime encounter between his 4x4 vehicle and one of the
local megafauna. To make an overlong story short, it didn't go well for
either the moose or the truck.
Now our friend had had a few beers, and had likely done the same the
night of the crash, so there may have been some embellishment. But to
hear him tell it, the highway cop that responded to the accident asked
him if he wanted to keep the meat.
"500 pounds of fresh venison? Hell yeah!"
Our friend was maybe 155 pounds including his boots, and didn't look
like the type to have butchering skills, a second vehicle or a walk-in
freezer. He told us a number of other stories as well, and I'd be lying
if I didn't admit to feeling a twinge of skepticism here and there. But
he did keep us entertained for a while.
I have a bumper sticker (picked up in New Hampshire). It reads:
Brake for Moose
It can save your life
I'm proud to say that since I've been displaying the above sticker, not a
single person in Texas has collided with a moose!
While there, I did bag a moose on the hunting trip. I called the wife to
brag just a little.
She asked: "You shot a moose? Somehow that doesn't sound like you. What's
"Well, it had a saddle..."
My neighbor hit a deer and the cop offered the carcass to a passer by,
the neighbor said hell no, I want that meat, and brought it home and
butchered it in her yard. Her dad was a butcher apparently and did many
hunters keep. She learned from him. The meat was very tasty 8>)
On 3/9/2012 1:21 PM, Michael wrote:
Nope. Not a chance. BTDT, too f'ing messy to want to try it again.
I hunt. And I pay someone else to butcher my kills.
But I *would* -- as provided for by Indiana law -- request a
sheriff's deputy to give me a game tag for that deer so I could
legally transport it to the same butcher I use during hunting
I think more than anything the decision would be made based on whether or
not there was time, how I was dressed, if the vehicle were drivable, and if
you can even find the deer. I hit one one time with a VW bug and the deer
went over the roof after caving in the hood and right fender. Never did find
it... needed help pulling the fender out of the tire too.
Other it depends issues... if it was a solid body hit forget it... exploded
guts and "bruised" meat aren't worth the effort nor the nasty experience. On
the other hand, if it isn't hit too bad the back straps and hind quarters
can be taken out quickly without having to get into the guts.
It depends... and the coyotes, vultures and crows have to eat too.
If I had the skill yes.
Some years ago I hit a rabbit. I'll skip the details but the only damage
appeared to be some blood round the eyes. I took it home, got my wife out
of bed (Her gran had taught how to deal with a rabbit) and it was rabbit
stew the following Sunday,
Yes. What I meant was it wasn't mangled up in anyway. <g>
OK, It happened like this.
I was coming home from work after evening shift about 2310h. The track
from the transmitting station was steep, twisty and unlit. I came round a
bend and this rabbit was sitting in the middle of the road. I guess it was
transfixed by my lights as it didn't move and I couldn't avoid it. I tried
to drive over it with my wheels each side of it but as I went over it I
heard a bump. I stopped the car, looked round and found it on the verge. I
suspect it tried to hop away but hit its head on the underside of the car.
No, but I might call one of the hunters I know and see if they're
Last winter, we had a deer die up by the garden after being hit by a car.
It was cold enough to possibly preserve the deer, so I called one of the
hunters. He didn't think it'd be worth messing with for the meat,
especially considering it had been hit.
Not legal in California. Even if it were deer season, and you had a tag for
the zone where you hit the deer, striking the deer with a motor vehicle is
not a legal method of take. If you hit one, leave it lay, otherwise it's
poaching. Dumb? Maybe. But that's life in California.
That said, I know that some folks, where there are lots of road killed deer,
are very adept at field dressing a deer and can get it back home and in the
fridge pretty quick. And I suspect this goes on a lot more often than
anyone knows. And I also suspect the folks who do this are pretty good
about determining what meat is quickly and easily salvageable. Personally,
nah. Not for me.
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