So, this whole blog is about the roadkill deer that I have picked up. In Michigan, when you see a deer on the side of the road that has been hit by a car/truck/etc., you can claim it by calling 911 and asking for a permit. The person that hits the deer gets first shot at it, but if they don’t want it, it’s up for grabs. And we all know that venison is very good for you as well as tasting great 🙂
Link to the PDF from the Michigan DNR detailing the permit:
Special Permit Regulations
5.10 Highway killed deer and bear permit, issuance; prohibited acts.
Sec. 5.10 (1) A deer or bear killed by collision with a motor vehicle, or so injured that it must be killed,
may be possessed by a person only if that person has obtained a highway killed deer and bear permit. The
highway killed deer and bear permit may be issued by a police or peace officer investigating the motor
vehicle collision upon a form prescribed by the director according to the following rules:
(a) The driver of the damaged vehicle shall have first priority to the highway killed deer or bear.
(b) A highway killed deer and bear permit shall not be issued to possess a spotted fawn or cub bear.
(c) A person possessing a highway killed deer or bear shall immediately produce the highway killed deer
and bear permit upon the demand of a conservation officer or peace officer. Within 24 hours following the
issuance of a highway killed deer and bear permit, a person possessing a highway killed deer or bear
carcass shall securely attach the permit to the carcass. The permit shall remain attached until the carcass is
processed or butchered for consumption.
(2) A permit authorized under this section may be issued by a conservation officer to dispose of the
carcass of a deer or bear which was otherwise accidentally or unlawfully taken, or unlawfully possessed.
History: Eff. Mar 31, 1989; Am. 15, 1989, Eff. Sep 1, 1989; Am. 3, 1996, Eff. Apr 11, 1996.
Publisher’s note: See Possession of Road-Killed Wild Animals for a summary of the regulations.
Will attach the file here as well.
So the basics are that with where I work, I can listen to the police radio, hear the Car/Deer accidents get called in, and then after work go find ’em, call 911 and have Law Enforcement issue me a permit. That’s the simple version. The longer version details weather, temperatures and if I have time to deal with one or not. I also do not gut them…after being tenderized by a vehicle weighing around 3,500lbs, the last thing I am going to do is cut them open..yuk. So all I do is cut the skin back to expose the backstraps and then the hind quarters. Sometimes the only thing I get are the hind quarters…but some is better than none. 🙂
All the posts here are copies of the posts I put on a hunting forum, with pictures of the deer…so read and enjoy.
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