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Roadkill – It’s What’s for Dinner (if Michigan Proposal Makes it Into Law)

Michiganders can currently call dibs on the game animals they kill with their cars, but a proposal before the legislature would, ahem, clean up the process.

Why should vultures get all the roadkill? A proposal before the Michigan Legislature would balance things out. (Photo: Beth Dalbey/Patch)
Why should vultures get all the roadkill? A proposal before the Michigan Legislature would balance things out. (Photo: Beth Dalbey/Patch)

Roadkill is usually left to the vultures and the Michigan road crew to clean up.

Would you eat it?

If the answer’s yes, you’ll want to start lobbying your state representatives. The state Senate approved a bill last week allowing passersby to pick up vehicle-killed deer or bear and turn it into a meal or a rug, the Detroit News reported. The proposed legislation is headed to the house next.

if the proposal makes it into law, all Michiganders would have to do is email or phone the state’s Department of Natural Resources and “tell ’em you’re taking the deer” or other dead animal, said Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, who sponsored the legislation.

Booher said the proposal is aimed at saving money and taking some of the burden off government employees.

“People should be able to stop and pick up a squirrel or a rabbit and take it home,” Booher told the newspaper. “If it would be a muskrat or a mink ... , they should be able to skin it or, if they know somebody, let them salvage $7 off it, or $20.”

Currently, drivers have first rights on animals they hit with their vehicles. If they don’t want the newly departed, people with hunting licenses and salvage tags they obtain from local police or the DNR can all dibs on dead deer and bear along the highway.

Booher and others think it’s time to make the process less cumbersome and, ahem, cleaner.

All that regulation discourages people from claiming road kill because by the time permission is granted, the roadkill has turned to carrion – something only a vulture or a buzzard wants for dinner.

They like it, though.


Michael Ritenour March 31, 2014 at 03:22 PM
If'n ah see a varmint a-lyin' daid by the road, ah should be able ta throw the crittur in mah trunk and haul it back ta Maw in Arkansas ta clean'er up and make a dang-good dinner out'n it! No dang pollytishun is a-gonna cheat me out'n mah God-given right ta eat his critturs, no matter how long they been a-lyin there daid!
Pete Rogan April 01, 2014 at 02:31 AM
Michael: I presume that applies to Uncle Clem in the roadway as well. No point in letting relatives being devoured by strangers. And you hardly need Arkansas when Shiawassee County is so close. We is met the enemy, and not only is they us, they's for dinner!
Michael Ritenour April 01, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Pete: Y'all must be thuh smartest in yore family, maybe a teachur or a counter guy at thuh Seven-Eleven!
Pete Rogan April 01, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Yup. In fact, Ah'm the representative frum ALEC. We're gonna fix all y'alls laws REAL GOOD.
Mr Rogers April 02, 2014 at 01:55 AM
Ooooh Dawgiee! Granny's road kill stew is to die for!!!

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