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2019 is bringing in a new menu for Oregonians: Road kill

There's a lot to be said for being able to get food right from your backyard. Usually this means from a garden or local farm, but what if it meant a delicious slab of meat fresh off the road?

Well, that will be possible starting in 2019. Starting New Year's Day, Oregonians will legally be able to eat their road kill.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY JAHIT JANBERK ON UNSPLASH
  • Photo by Jahit Janberk on Unsplash

If you happen to be unlucky enough to come in contact with a deer or elk on the road, the vehicle damage probably won't be nice—but you might also end up with dinner. Within 24 hours of salvaging the deer or elk, you must submit an application for permit. You can't, however submit the permit before your roadkill appears, due to needing the location and time of the salvage. You'll also need to give any antlers to the state's wildlife agency.

This isn't a first for the U.S. Around 20 other states have some variation of the law, all with their own rules and regulations.

And no, you can't intentionally hunt for roadkill with your car. That is still very much illegal.

I personally will probably stick to the grocery store, but more options never killed anyone. Well, except for that deer of course. 

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Isaac Biehl

Isaac is living proof that "Iowa Nice" is actually a thing. A journalism graduate from Iowa State University, he regularly writes about music, the outdoors and the arts/culture scene. Isaac loves the Trail Blazers, backpacking and a good IPA. He plans to one day win Survivor. Your move, Jeff Probst...
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