This might sound like a weird question to you, but you might be surprised at the answer.

Imagine that you're driving down a country road or highway, and all of a sudden, a deer runs out in front of you. Unfortunately, you hit the deer and he doesn't make it.

RIP little buddy.


What Do You Do?

Here's what you need to know if you ever end up in this situation.

Keep in mind, you're not legally required to report a collision with an animal unless an occupant of the car sustained a physical injury or there has been a fatality. This, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Once you've checked that everyone is alright, pull your car off to the side of the road, so other drivers aren't at risk of hitting you.

After that, if it is safe and you are able, move the animal to the side of the road. If you are unable to do that, NDDOT advises people to call the district office or state radio to make arrangements to move the deer.

Can You Keep It?

Now, let's get back to the original question; can you collect and keep "Roadkill?"

According to, if you want collect roadkill, you must have a hunting permit. These permits are free and available through game wardens and local law enforcement offices.

Several other states allow you to gather roadkill with restrictions on location. Many don't have any restrictions at all.

According to the source, there are 30 states that allow you to keep roadkill animals. The remaining states have prohibited this activity (Salvaging). The general thought behind outlawing this is that the animal was killed by illegal means and methods and should be illegal to possess. This, according to

Be sure to keep this in mind, and be careful driving out there!


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