Starting Jan. 1, it will be legal to harvest roadkill in Oregon

FILE - In this March 4, 2010, file photo, a deer runs across the road in Pittsburg, N.H. In Oregon, under a road kill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat for human consumption. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. – After ringing in the New Year, you'll have a new option for picking up your dinner in Oregon when a law allowing people to harvest and eat roadkill goes into effect.

Lawmakers approved the measure back in 2017, which states that states “salvaging deer and elk struck by vehicles is legal in Oregon.”

People must complete and submit an application for a permit within 24 hours of salvaging the elk or deer. The application cannot be submitted beforehand because it requires specific information about location and time of the salvage.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife commission has until January 1 to regulate when roadkill can and cannot be harvested.

Here are some of the rules:

  • You're not allowed to hit an animal on purpose to collect the meat.
  • The entire carcass of the animal must be removed from the road.
  • You will not be allowed to sell any part of the salvaged animal.
  • Only deer and elk accidentally struck by a vehicle may be salvaged.
  • Antlers and the head of all salvaged animals must be surrendered to an ODFW office within five business days of possessing the carcass.

You can find more of the rules on the state's website.

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