Using a gun is one way to pack a freezer full of wild game. But there is another way too, one that even a vegetarian might appreciate—at least for the economy of it. It follows the maxim: waste not want not. It’s roadkill.

Each game warden has a list of people to call when there is an accident that involves game. Once comprised of only butchers, today the list is open to anyone willing to receive a call, often in the wee hours of the morning, that will require them to scramble out of pajamas and into boots and coat and into the night to pick up the game.

Butcher Bill Lake, in Rutland, Vermont, has seen 30 deer, three moose, and even two bear in the past year alone, each passed along to a customer from a game warden. Lake’s main business involves processing purchased beef and poultry and he also takes care of wild animals, from hunters and from customers on the roadkill distribution list.

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Would you eat meat that was roadkill, but was freshly harvested, examined and butchered, then sold cheap?
Using a gun is one way to pack a freezer full of wild game. But there is another way too, one that even a vegetarian might appreciate—at least for the economy of it. It follows the maxim: waste not want not. It’s roadkill.

Each game warden has a list of people to call when there is an accident that involves game. Once comprised of only butchers, today the list is open to anyone willing to receive a call, often in the wee hours of the morning, that will require them to scramble out of pajamas and into boots and coat and into the night to pick up the game.

Butcher Bill Lake, in Rutland, Vermont, has seen 30 deer, three moose, and even two bear in the past year alone, each passed along to a customer from a game warden. Lake’s main business involves processing purchased beef and poultry and he also takes care of wild animals, from hunters and from customers on the roadkill distribution list.

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14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 3:54:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I'm a vegetarian. I don't even eat fish or poultry so why would I start eating meat?
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 6:18:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
I like meat, but not that much.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 6:26:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
There's nothing wrong with it.
You're just thinking about what roadkill has been like after weeks or days of rotting.
Done this way it would be just the same.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 4/12/08 - 6:29:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
As a vegetarian, no.

However, if I were an omnivour, yes - if the roadkill were really fresh - collected and refrigerated within a half hour of the death of the animal.

Certainly if I were an omnivour and I had just accidently killed the animal.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/13/08 - 8:46:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
I could and have. Turkey and Deer. As long as it is fresh, it's okay. I know a guy who picked one up and swore that he saw it get hit. He thought that because it was limp it hadn't hit rigor mortis yet. (he was wrong, it was past that point.)

But, yeah, turkey and deer, (not the one I mentioned.)
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/13/08 - 9:53:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Where my brother lives, they have roadkill auctions. The department of natural resources collects, butchers and freezes the edible roadkill and sells it to the highest bidder once a month (or maybe every other month). People seem to buy it...
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 4/13/08 - 10:03:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
That seems very practical, and is probably better quality meat than much of what can be bought at a grocery store.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 12:03:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
omg no!!!! i would never ever! i don't think that is good for you to eat something that been hit and old
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 12:29:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nope. I only eat chicken and the occasional beef.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 12:36:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 2008-04-14 00:03:20.92 angelgirlzzz wrote:
omg no!!!! i would never ever! i don't think that is good for you to eat something that been hit and old

It wouldn't necessarily be old. When a car hits a deer, moose, bear, etc. the car is usually damaged enough that the police are on the scene rather quickly...
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 1:08:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
I know a girl who's brother does poo like this. I think he calls it Urban Scout or something. But he collects road kill and stuff like that to eat and make 'clothes' out of etc.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 1:13:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 2008-04-14 00:36:28.183 CowDung wrote:
On 2008-04-14 00:03:20.92 angelgirlzzz wrote:
omg no!!!! i would never ever! i don't think that is good for you to eat something that been hit and old
It wouldn't necessarily be old. When a car hits a deer, moose, bear, etc. the car is usually damaged enough that the police are on the scene rather quickly...

Bear and moose - yes.
Deer - no. I hit and killed a deer with my little Honda Civic, and only got a small dent. Drove right on once I pulled the deer to the side of the road.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 1:14:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
I personally know several people who have rendered their cars unusable from encounters with deer...
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 1:19:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 2008-04-14 13:14:09.467 CowDung wrote:
I personally know several people who have rendered their cars unusable from encounters with deer...


Me too. People die as well. You got lucky wanderer!! I can't believe you touched it to drag it off the road. I couldn't
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 11:20:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Seems a shame to let them die and just rot because you find the method of their death distasteful. And let's not forget that blunt trauma (i.e.: with an automobile) is a lot less disgustingly invasive than a bullet.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 11:25:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Just wondering, but what reason would an ethical vegetarian have for being against this?

I understand not buying and eating meat as an economic boycott, and not hunting because the animal would live as long as you don't kill it, but if the animal has already been hit by a car, what's wrong with eating it?
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/15/08 - 2:19:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 2008-04-14 13:19:28.653 KikiPeepers wrote:
On 2008-04-14 13:14:09.467 CowDung wrote:
I personally know several people who have rendered their cars unusable from encounters with deer...
Me too. People die as well. You got lucky wanderer!! I can't believe you touched it to drag it off the road. I couldn't


Well, maybe I was lucky, although I know a number of people who have hit deer and killed deer and not had much damage to their car.

On the other hand, if they were killed, I would have needed to know them before hand - I couldn't just hear about their experience years later. (At least, not from their own mouth.)

There are a LOT of deer here - you often see them lying dead on the side of the road.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/15/08 - 2:19:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
I pulled the deer off the road because it was night and a narrow, twisting mountain road. If I left the deer in the middle of the road, someone would hit it again or swerve so as to not hit it, and might very well be killed.

I couldn't have that on my conscious.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/15/08 - 2:28:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 2008-04-14 23:25:20.56 Kungfullama wrote:
Just wondering, but what reason would an ethical vegetarian have for being against this? I understand not buying and eating meat as an economic boycott, and not hunting because the animal would live as long as you don't kill it, but if the animal has already been hit by a car, what's wrong with eating it?

1. After many years, most of us aren't accustomed to eating meat and really don't want it. (I haven't eaten meat in 26 years.)

2. Most of us wouldn't know how to begin to skin and butcher the animal.

3. Most of us don't have the tools to cut apart the animal. Especially seperating the bones. Most of my knives are too small (and probably too dull) to deal with a fairly large animal. (I have several small paring knives and a bread knife.)
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/15/08 - 2:28:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
4. Many (most) of us don't have freezer space to store the meat, even if we did figure out how to butcher it.

I would be perfectly willing to give the body of the animal to some omnivour if they wanted to butcher and eat the animal.

I will note that most of the roadkill deer are killed by omnivours who do eat meat. Yet they don't butcher and eat their roadkill deer either. And it seems that they would be more likely to than a vegetarian.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/15/08 - 6:03:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
After one hits an animal with their car, I doubt that they are thinking much about carving it up for their next meal.

I would hope that the politicians would work to have the police (or some other entity) empowered to collect the roadkill and have it processed and give the meat to homeless shelters or other organizations that will benefit from the meat.

14 yrs ago - Sunday 5/4/08 - 2:38:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't eat game meat. But if I did I'd have know problem with it.
14 yrs ago - Thursday 5/15/08 - 9:32:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have eaten the tail of a baby alligator I've seen clubbed over the head with my own eyes. I didn't like it, but since it was already dead and I couldn't do anything about it, I figured I might as well give its death some kind of meaning. It was pretty juicy.
13 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 10/28/08 - 9:56:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
that is disgusting
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/25/08 - 2:21:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
F*CK NO! I THINK I'D RATHER HAVE MY LEG AMPUTATED!



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