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These states want you to eat more roadkill

Roadkill is free of the antibiotics, hormones, and growth stimulants found in factory-farmed meat. And many roadkill species–including elk, deer, boar, and certain game birds–are pretty darn tasty, and sell for quite a bit when farm-raised, packaged and offered in stores.


  • Alabama: Only non-protected animals and game animals during the 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 a permit.
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado: Proper authorization required.
  • Georgia: Native species may be harvested; must notify the state about roadkilled black bears.
  • Idaho: Must report the time of the salvage.
  • 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 a permit.
  • Missouri: Permit required, must contact a Conservation Agent within 24 hours of collection for authorization.
  • Montana
  • 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.
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania: Must report the incident to the state Game Commission within 24 hours.
  • South Dakota: Proper notification and authorization required.
  • Tennessee
  • Utah: Permit required to salvage non-protected species.
  • Vermont: Possession tag required for big game animals and furbearers.
  • Washington
  • West Virginia: Must be reported within 12 hours of collection.
  • Wisconsin: Must be registered over the phone by DNR staff.

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