Hey all, it’s been ayear since it became legal in Oregon to harvest/salvage meat from deer and elk that are hit on the road. Over here on the East side, we have many who enjoy game meat and are saddened by the loss of animals due to road collisions. But, there are rules, rules and regulations, par for the course, by which you must abide (kind of like the Dude).
First thing, you may ONLY salvage deer and elk, no other animal. Further, white tail deer are limited to salvaging in Douglas County and east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains due to their protected status.
If you come upon an elk or deer that has been struck and killed, here is the process you must undertake to be legal. You must apply for a permit and submit the permit within 24 hours of salvaging the deer or elk. These are available free online but should not be completed until you are actually salvaging an animal as specific information about location and time of salvage is required. httrrs://odfrv.wufoo.com/forms/roadkill-salvase-nermit-aonlication/
Now, the process:
. You observe an accidentally (not purposely) killed deer or elk with antlers attached you may salvage the carcass for human consumption;
. Animals with antlers removed or unable to be located at the scene of the accident may not be salvaged;
. intentionally killing an elk, deer or other animal with an automobile or out of compliance with hunting regulations remains criminal;
. You must remove the entire carcass of the animal, including the gut piles from the road and road right of way during the salvage;
. You MUST fill out a salvage permit available online and print it to sign within 24 hours of the salvage process;
. You MUST take the entire head of the deer or elk, including the antlers of antlered animals, to an ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) field office within five business days of taking possession of the carcass where they wiII be Surrendered. CALL AHEAD TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. As the permittee, you may keep other parts of the animal such as the hide. Locally, Miller island may be contacted at 541-883-5732.
. Any person (not just the driver who struck the animal) may salvage a deer or elk killed by a vehicle.
. If the deer or elk is struck, injured and then humanely dispatched to alleviate suffering, law enforcement must be immediately notified in compliance with ORS 498.016 (.OSP on cell phone or 1-800-442-2068).
. If you salvage a deer or elk you consume the meat at your own risk. ODFW OSP shall not perform game meat inspection on any animal salvaged under these rules.
. The State of Oregon is not liable for any loss or damage arising from the recovery, possession, use, transport or consumption of deer or elk salvaged;
. Sale of any part of the salvaged animal is prohibited, but transfer to another person can occur with a written record.
I hope that assists all of you interested in saving a valuable resource tragically killed on our roads. Remember, be careful when salvaging, do not obstruct traffic nor place yourself, your passengers or other automobile users at risk.