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Default Road kill - to eat nor not to eat? That is the question.

Those that register and consume THEIR road killed game ARE smarter than the average city dwelling knuckle dragger (and this Doctor) as they KNOW BETTER than to eat gut tainted meat. Really. How insulting, but some otherwise anti-hunting Orgs agree it IS a beneficial use.

Is roadkill a harmless all-you-can-eat buffet or game of Russian roulette

By Dr. Manny Alvarez | Fox News

You might grimace at the idea of scavenging roadside meat run down by a car. Yet some people view it as a free, organic source of meat that would be a shame to waste.

In 2017, Wisconsin saw nearly 20,000 deer-caused vehicle accidents, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. These accidents usually peak in May, June, October and November, when deer mating and birthing seasons occur.

So what’s the state’s solution to such a prevalent problem?

Wisconsin allows people to register their car-killed deer, bear or turkey online or by phone. Once confirmed, the animal can be removed and used as food without even waiting for a police-issued tag. But Wisconsin isn’t the only state friendly to roadkill cuisine.

According to The Guardian, over 600 moose are killed in Alaska each year, leaving meat on the road that tallies to thousands of pounds. Rather than wasting it, the state gives the roadkill to charities willing to process and use the animals at their own risk.

Other states that allow roadkill pickups are Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Tennessee. According to the NY Daily News, California is also trying to legalize this practice, which may be further spurred on by the cost of disposing of car-killed animals.

One study by the UCDavis Road Ecology Center counted about 6,600 roadkill instances in California during its study period. These accidents led to an estimated $307 million in expenses for the state, and estimates go as high as $600 million when factoring in accidents unreported to police.

By these numbers, the stakes appear high for officials deciding what to do with road-killed animals. Allowing drivers and bystanders to take the roadkill home seems an easy solution. In fact, the practice has many supporters high up in the ranks.

The PETA website states, “If people must eat animal carcasses, roadkill is a superior option to the neatly shrink-wrapped plastic packages of meat in the supermarket. “Eating roadkill is healthier for the consumer than meat laden with antibiotics, hormones, and growth stimulants, as most meat is today."

The idea is that roadkill animals were never raised in harsh conditions and injected with chemicals and hormones. They were never forced into a slaughter line where they could smell the fear of other animals directly before them. Instead, roadkill involves free-range animals, allowed to live naturally and likely without even knowing what hit them.

Here, the magazine Modern Farmer chimes in that eating roadkill is as safe as hunted game, especially if hit on a cold day where it gets immediate refrigeration. In fact, the magazine calls not eating roadkill an “intensely wasteful” act. There are even TV shows catering to roadkill cooking, like the 2013 Roadkill episode on All You Can Eat. About the episode, IMDb quips, “From fried squirrel to antelope chili, you'll see that Americans do not live by beef and chicken alone."

Yet despite some state and media promotion, car-killed meat does raise questions. According to Food Safety News, animals hit by a car are likely to have a ruptured gut. If that happens, the meat could be contaminated by contents of the animal’s stomach and intestines, which could include E. coli or other bacteria.

Since a food safety inspector isn’t usually involved in processing this type of meat, you could consume unsafe meat unknowingly. The animal could also have a variety of diseases, such as chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer. Furthermore, many states have classes on safe processing of game, states Food Safety News. But those classes may not take roadkill into consideration. This puts people’s health safety in their own hands, lending to a greater possibility of salvaging unhealthy meat.

Although popular media and TV paint a positive picture for roadkill, they may be leaving out important hazards. People should look at the practice with an unbiased eye and determine whether the dangers outweigh the benefits of unregulated, free-range meat.

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I have tried to save the meat off of two different deer that were hit by cars. Neither one was worth messing with. The innards were exploded to the point where stomach contents and feces were under the hide from the shoulders to the hind quarters. So if you're going to hit one with a car pick one that is standing on the shoulder with it's neck stretched out into traffic and aim for a head shot.

Glenn Guist on swamp people sees fit to make jambalaya out of road kill crows. He must be hungrier than I am!
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I don't have an issue picking up a deer I hit and getting any useable venison off it. When I worked in a different location, someone or another would always hit deer on the way in to work. Most would get hit in the front, so head and shoulder area was sometimes damaged but the rest was fine. Most of the roads are 25-35 MPH, so it was usually nothing more than a glancing blow to the head when they would stick their heads out before they crossed. I don't recall ever having one hit so bad that the guts contaminated the meat, quite the opposite, most time we could hardly tell why they died. The base game wardens had no issues with us doing that, we checked, so the platoon would dine on venison at least every month or two.

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when we do crop damage shooting we drive about 50 miles each way. Usually in the afternoon. We wont pick up deer on the way but any that are fresh since we went through about 4 hour earlier are picked up. We gut them on the spot. You can get a pretty good feel for the damage that's done just by the condition of the insides and feeling the muscle groups. Ive been stung a couple times but its rare that we don't get at least half the deer meat off a road kill. Id bet we pick up an average of about a dozen a year. If we picked up the earlier ones there would be LOTS because those are the left overs from the night. Birds eat pretty good on that stretch of road. My nephew is a cop in a small town about 40 miles from me. He puts a good 20 deer a year in his freezer from road kills. Allways kind of made me shake my head. A guy will eat a deer shot in the guts with a 300 wby no problem. But if its hit by an f150 he will avoid it like it has the plague.

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