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Hal
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In your state, are you allowed to possess road killed animals inside the harvesting season. (Provided of course you have the proper licenses.)

[question] -- Hal

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Mike72
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Hal,
I just got off the phone with DEC here in NY.
The run of the mill coon,fox(,gray or red)
mink, partridge,squirrel,rabbit,possum,skunk roadkill can all be kept within season, providing you have a
valid hunting/trapping license.(drivers license wouldn't hurt either [Big Grin] )
Coyotes,beaver,fisher,bobcats, statewide, and otters in the north.(They are protected in southeastern NY). These need DEC pelt tags.
I did'nt question the pine marten.
Now any of the above species also need to be within season.
I also did not question big game animals ie. bear and deer.
Mike

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Hal
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Thanks. I am primarily concerned with furbearers. I should have been more specific.

However, the animals for which you need tags -- can you pick them up and get them tagged?

[Smile] -- Hal

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Mike72
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Hal,
The dec folks are have treated me good when it comes to honest possession, in my experiences with them. Anything that I have taken to the regional office to get tagged, they've either helped me out, or took possession of, without further incident. I've even been given "extra" tags for future coyote takes. All the DEC was really concerned with is numbers.
I seen a pine marten get hit, and attempted to get it tagged for possession, but they kept it.
Fair enough.
If I told them it was hit 150 miles north where there was a season, I probably could have held on the critter, but thats not how the deal went down.
Mike

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Steve
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Hal ... don't know if this helps ... but here in Indiana as a deputy sheriff I issued tags for road killed deer as a part of my regular duties. No hunting license was required once the tag was issued. If the driver of the vehicle who hit the deer did not want the carcass ... we had a waiting list of people who did want a deer. Furbearers only need to be in season and the holder have a valid hunting license, but no need to go through any enforcement agency in their case.

Steve

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Brad Heusterberg
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It's illegal in WI to pick road kill furbearers up of the road. Im not sure why this is, In my opion they might as well let someone take them instead of letting them rot away.

Brad

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PENNSYLVANIA,
Holders of a valid furtakers license may take possesion of a
furbearer killed on a highway, except for bobcats, fishers or
river otters.

" these three are protected animals in Pa.unless your lucky enough to get a bobcat permit"

So the answer is yes.

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In MO, as was explained to me a couple of years ago by our local conservation agent, if I find a road kill bobcat or otter (these have to be tagged in MO), I have to call him and get "permission" to pick it up. During the call, I inform him what is killed and where.
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minker 1942
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hal i need to check on that first before i stick my fist in my mouth.
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Minnesota
A person who performs a service by recovering and perserving the pelt of a protected furbearer(except muskrat)that was accidentally killed or lawfully killed while doing damage may be entitled to a pelting fee of up to 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the pelt not to exceed $25.00 per pelt.Contact local DNR conservation officer within 24 hours for authorization to pelt the anaimal
No person may possess,transport,or pelt a fisher,otter,pine marten,fox,bobcat,lynx or gray wolf that was accidentally killed except when authorized by a conservation officer.

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A "waiting-list" for road killed deer, lol, I thought WV was the only place where that happened. A few years ago when they changed the laws, it made the national news, the "big-wheels" were unhappy. It's legal here to "pick-up" any deer, with or without a license, any time of year, just call the DNR/911 and let them know. Bobcat, bear, fisher, otter, all need to be reported, depending on who hit the animal, circumstances, as a rule if season is in, (we don't have an otter season, they are protected) the person that killed the animal will be given a choice to take the animal, if they want it. A friend of mine ran-over a bobcat 4 or 5 years ago (during the summer), the DNR officer told her to freeze it untill season, and tag it. Taxidermists won't touch an animal, without the proper tags. Someone ran into, and crippled a cub bear, about 5 miles out of town last week, the animal was put-down, because it was less than 100 pounds, the DNR confiscated the carcass. As far as fox, coon if season is in they're fair game. [Smile]
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Road kill furbearers are fair game in B.C., so long as they are within the boundaries of my trapline, I have my trapping licence and the critter is in season.

As for deer etc. for the purpose of bait. Last year B.C. trappers received the green light for picking up roadkill within trapping season. The only conditions are you need to fill out a small form to report that you took possession of a road killed animal and that you weren't the driver who struck the animal.

RO

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In Alaska, all game animals not taken when hunting or trapping (ie road kill or defense of life or property) are the property of the state. Large game animals are donated to charity or to people on a waiting list, and any trophy's or hides salvaged are sold at auction by the state.

-TJ

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gathering roadkill is not legal here in ohio..i always thouhgt we were alowed to gather them up,but by law we arnt allowed to..(per reg 4 law inforcement superviser)
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road kills here in ky are legal during the trapping season if the person has a trapping licence, if not he or she has to call the local game warden to get a tag.otters and bob cats also have to be called in to recieve a cites tag.
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I just got off the phone with the Furbearing and Non-game Mammals Program Manager for Nebraska Games and Parks... roadkill coyote are okay to collect at any time during the year, however, all other "furbearer" species may only be collected when in season and the collector must have a Furbearer license.
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As stated above, here in Wisconsin it is not legal to pick up a road kill. I have talked to a Game Warden about this issue, yesterday as a matter of fact. Higher value animals such as Fisher, cat, bear, ect. are picked up on a regular basis by DNR personel after seeing them themselves or being reported by state or local authorities. These animals are then put into the "system" and the money from the sale of the animal is put directly back into the Trapper Ed program here. It's still a shame to see all those coon, skunks, opposums, deer and "lower value" animals going to waste. On a positive note it does get returned to nature so it's not really a waste. Just not money in our pocket. One road kill was helping feed a Bald Eagle. Beautiful sight that eagle was too.
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Here in Arkansas it is legal to pick up roadkill as long as it is in season.
Mark

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I am the contact for North part of my county for roadkill deer, furbearers can be collected w/valid license...Even a smeared beaver has a $10 tail bounty. I have good relations with G&FC...I just send an email about the deer etc. They also send me lots of beaver work...
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Here in Louisiana it is legal to pick up roadkill and skin it during season by a person with a valid trapping license.
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I just recently took a class and the DEC officer told us that is illeagal to posses road kill other than deer bear and moose and only with proper tagging from any officer. I could be wrong but i'm pretty sure about this one i will try to get in contact with him and find out for sure.

Rabbitt

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