Skip to comments.Is roadkill a viable meat source? - 'Harvesting the highway" is becoming more and more prevalent
Posted on 09/20/2009 5:15:28 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Presumably following the maxim of "waste not, want not", utilising roadkill has become a trend. In the UK, top forager Fergus Drennan (www.wildmanwildfood.com) has taken to holding roadkill suppers.
In Australia one Les Hall published a handy guidebook to spotting deceased species on the road.
And in Canada designer Amy Nugent has taken things a step further, "harvesting" highway hits from bears and moose (what you might call megafauna) through to porcupines to fashion a celebrated jewellery range (www.roadquill.ca) that includes bracelets and tie slides.
I'm not completely blind to the ethical reasoning here.
The first rule of sustainability is that humanity should use abundance, and there is sadly an abundance of roadkill; at one famed US junction (Highway 27 at Lake Jackson near Tallahassee, Florida), a turtle has a 98.86% chance of being squished, while on our roads the People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) estimates that 1-2% of the national population of hedgehogs, around 15,000, is killed on roads each year.
Secondly, carrion appeals to those who hate waste and, as one prolific UK roadkill consumer puts it, out of 40 carcasses found here, 20 will be edible, which may seem like good odds for something that's free. Finally and sensationally, animal rights campaigners tend to give roadkill the green light, including Peta, which deems roadkill meat acceptable fodder, as it's meat that hasn't come courtesy of the "barbaric" meat industry.
But it's hardly a natural end. The sustainability argument is undermined by the fact that roadkill is interlinked with the automobile and road-building sectors (both known for their thumping environmental and carbon footprints). After all, cyclists don't take out much native wildlife.
According to a study by Royal Holloway and Bedford university, hedgehogs have the poorest road skills.
(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...
As long as the animal isn’t all mangled, there’s nothing wrong with wintertime roadkill.
once i happened upon a deputy just as he gave a fat doe the kill shot - Yummmm - moist and tender right off the fender - another time my buddys wife hit one - it literally had the chevy emblem pressed into its flesh when i skinned it - Ive gotten 3-4 deer like this and 1 turkey that was hit by an ambulance in front of me
A righteous road kill can taste great....but with maggots on it that is a no no..
All fair in love and protein acquisition.
It depends on whether the toxic areas have burst and contaminated the meat. It also depends on the animal itself whether it had any diseases. It also depends on how soon after the tire tread/bumper you find it.
Years ago the law in NJ was that if you hit a deer, you could keep it to butcher...AFTER you went to a station and declared it. The problem was that the meat was spoiled by that time. I believe they changed the law so that, if you hit one, you can just take it. A friend shared an awful story about that, but I’ll spare freepers the details.
If it eats grass and it’s still warm, you’re dumb to pass it up. I smacked a big buck in Missouri and while he was still skidding down the road, I was thinking of where my knife was. Sadly, he got up and scrambled into the woods.
varmint again tonite, Honey? now what did ya hit?
Road kill butchering tip: sawzall goes through bone like butter.
I think there are a few states that allow you to remove roadkill no questions asked. MI is one of them.
I nailed one doe and almost took out two elk ,, I was lucky that night ,, ya got to dress them out quick, and get em to a meat locker or butcher to get processed..
A skunk is not a righteous kill daffy......just glad it wasn’t a coon...I have been told coon taste good, but you have to pick all the buckshot out of it first... LOL
OOOP I looked again and it isn’t even a skunk...What is that? Must be mystery meat...
I'll bet you said "damn there goes dinner" LOL
You gotta be fast to keep yourself off of the menu.
Not skunk - stripe goes the wrong way.
Fresh roadkill? On your way to town, put an X next to the road kill - on the way home anything without an “X” is fresh... ( old joke )
Here in Alaska during the winter its colder outside than most deep freezers, we have a lot of people here that actively harvest moose collisions.
Though I can’t seem to get the seasoning right when I make Subaru Sausage.
Not if it's got tread marks.
In Kalifornia, road kill is illegal...
I hate coons, tread marks are better.......but anyway to dispatch those mean demons are good..
Badger (Taxidea taxis)
Tough critter...needs marinating and slow cooking; probably LOL
The amount of roadkill in Florida is absolutely prodigious. The trucks on the the Tamiami Trail picking up the morning roadkill are constantly filling up.
Thanks for clearing that up for me...I sure couldn’t figure it out...not too many badgers in Michigan.
I always have a good amount of venison “road kill jerky” over the winter.
Friends of mine know I make it and bring me any good, clean kills, and in return we both get great jerky!
Road kill stuffed animals.
Mmmm,mmm nothing says good eatin’ like a big stack of flat-cats still warm from the road!
Eat around the tire marks Billy, it’s your favorite turtlini.
I should be embarrassed to tell this story, but one day at 8:05 my boyfriend came back on the way to work with a 150lb feral boar his buddy had hit right in front of him.
He asked me could I have it ready for lunch and I did.
Milam County, TX.
Hog wasn’t totally dead, so it was interesting. I’d only dressed deer prior to that.
YEA SOCIALISM !
(AND it’s eco-friendly since no extra carbons were emitted to raise or kill the ‘meat’)
I have taken some mighty fine tasting ruffled grouse from one grill to another, so to speak.
I’ve seen “Road Kill Helper” in a truck stop. YCK!
MI is one of them that needs a law like that, to keep its people from starving right now.
Badger. We don't need no stinkin' badgers!
OMG and they are all meaner than snot...
Maybe deep fried in beer batter....
They'd fight you for the roadkill.
Your just badgering me...:O)
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