In 2012 1.23 million deer related accidents were reported. An average deer will give you about 50 lbs of meat. that is over 50,000,000 lbs total. This meat could feed a lot of people for a long time! many other animals are also hit by vehicles such as elk, moose, pronghorn, and bear.
27 different states allow roadkill to be taken. It takes some hard work to process the meat, but it can potently be a lot of free meat. The real question is why don’t the other 23 states get on board? here is a list of the 27 states that allow roadkill animals to be taken for meat.
Update: Some states do not have laws making it legal or illegal. I did not include these states in the list. Be sure to check with your wildlife officers before picking up any roadkill.
- ALABAMA (ONLY NON-PROTECTED ANIMALS AND GAME ANIMALS DURING OPEN SEASON MAY BE HARVESTED)
- ALASKA (INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HARVEST ANIMALS, BUT MOOSE, CARIBOU, AND OTHER SPECIES MAY BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS)
- ARIZONA (BIG GAME ANIMALS MAY BE COLLECTED WITH PERMIT)
- COLORADO (PROPER AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED)
- GEORGIA (NATIVE SPECIES MAY BE HARVESTED; MUST NOTIFY STATE ABOUT ROADKILLED BLACK BEARS)
- ILLINOIS (PROPER HUNTING OR TRAPPING LICENSE AND/OR HABITAT STAMP REQUIRED)
- INDIANA (PERMIT REQUIRED)
- MARYLAND (PERMIT REQUIRED)
- MASSACHUSETTS (PERMIT REQUIRED; MUST SUBMIT ROADKILL FOR STATE INSPECTION)
- MICHIGAN (DEER AND BEAR MAY BE SALVAGED WITH PERMIT)
- NEW HAMPSHIRE
- NEW YORK (LICENSE OR TAG MAY BE REQUIRED DEPENDING ON SPECIES)
- NEW JERSEY (ONLY DEER MAY BE SALVAGED WITH PERMIT)
- NORTH DAKOTA (PERMIT REQUIRED)
- NORTH CAROLINA (MUST BE REGISTERED OVER THE PHONE BY DNR STAFF)
- PENNSYLVANIA (MUST REPORT INCIDENT TO STATE GAME COMMISSION WITHIN 24 HOURS)
- SOUTH DAKOTA (PROPER NOTIFICATION AND AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED)
- UTAH (PERMIT REQUIRED TO SALVAGE NON-PROTECTED SPECIES)
- VERMONT (POSSESSION TAG REQUIRED FOR BIG GAME ANIMALS AND FURBEARERS)
- WEST VIRGINIA (MUST BE REPORTED WITHIN 12 HOURS OF COLLECTION)
- WISCONSIN (MUST BE REGISTERED OVER THE PHONE BY DNR STAFF)