Roadkill Registry

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Capt'n Mil Coll, May 4, 2008.

  1. If a car hits it, is it not a trophy?

    For animals felled by bumpers, not bows or bullets, hunter's site creates a remembrance
    By Kevin Harter
    [email protected]

    Article Last Updated: 05/03/2008 07:08:57 PM CDT

    If a trophy 22-point buck falls by the side of the road and there is no Web site to preserve it, does it matter?
    Richard Sanders thinks it does. Which is why, earlier this month, he co-created a roadkill Web site. Found at roadkillrecordbook Redirecting to TRIBE.NET, it includes a gallery and registry for trophy bears, cougars, elk and other animals killed while crossing the nation's highways and byways.
    "What happens to these magnificent animals? There is no place for them to go. There is no place to register, to recognize these animals," said Sanders, 60, of rural Pierce County.
    Because they weren't taken by bullet or bow, roadkill animals can't be listed by Pope & Young, Boone & Crockett or the Safari Club, keepers of the recognized big-game record books.
    Sanders and his hunting buddies hadn't given the slight much thought until last fall. While on his way to train a new bird dog, Sanders' friend saw a very large bear, likely hit and killed by a passing truck, on the roadside near Hudson.
    He called the Wisconsin DNR to report it. He then asked what the procedure was to claim the animal and paid $50 for a seizure permit.
    The bear was bigger than any trophy bear Sanders or his hunting buddy had bagged over the years.
    While a skillful hunter had not killed it, the animal deserved a better fate than rotting in the ditch or being loaded onto a rendering truck, they thought. It should be preserved, mounted and remembered. "It is not their fault they were hit by a car or truck. They shouldn't go unnoticed. They shouldn't disappear into thin air because there is no place to register them," Sanders said.

    The roadkill bear will have its place in the den and on the Web.
    The bear is at the taxidermist. The Web site was launched three weeks ago.
    The Road Kill Record Book Club offers memberships, record-book listings, a gallery and merchandise. It was begun by Sanders and his friend, who since has opted out after taking some guff for the site.
    "Roadkill," Sanders said, "is a touchy subject."
    Indeed, some laugh, others scoff, at the idea of what is believed to be the only such Web site registry.
    "I thought I had seen everything, but I hadn't until now," said Lou Cornicelli, big-game program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
    "I don't see it serving a purpose, but if he wants to have a Web site for animals smacked by Buicks, more power to him," Cornicelli said.
    "It certainly is a novel idea," said Keith Warnke, Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources big-game specialist. "I suppose it could serve an educational purpose, especially if they provide information on peak seasons and what to do if you see a deer in the road."
    Mark Burmesch, Eau Claire-based regional DNR warden, said people must notify the DNR of any roadkill, which can be salvaged for meat if fresh.
    "It's illegal to pick up roadkill in Wisconsin without authorization," he said. The claiming fee starts at $10 and depends on species and condition.
    A North Dakota native, Sanders has hunted for 55 years. The Web site is true to his actions and deeds as an outdoorsman and conservationist, he said.
    Among his trophies is a "perfectly formed" ruffed grouse. It was the best specimen he ever had seen and deserved to be preserved, Sanders said. The bird died after flying into a picture window.
    The Web site does not condone or encourage anyone to do anything as stupid or dangerous as trying to create roadkill. It is just the opposite, Sanders said, noting it will provide such information as peak danger seasons for vehicle-deer collisions and tips on whom to report road kill to.
    "The Web site is written in a serious vein, because it is a touchy subject," said Sanders, who is a marketing consultant for hunting-related clients. Kevin Harter can be reached at 651-228-2149.
    St Paul Pioneer Press.

    Now why didnt you think of this Chris?
  2. lefty o

    lefty o G&G Evangelist

    ive seen mention of this, and me personally, i think its a somewhat bad idea. seems to me like more chances for some nice animals to "supposedly" get hit by a car a week or two before the season opens. not everyone would do things like that, but some would, and thats enough for me to say this is a bad idea. now the poachers are gonna get recognition.

  3. Zen900

    Zen900 Guest

    Road kills are a serious problem. The once common Box Turtle is now a threatened species because people deliberately run over them. I see far too many dead animals of all kinds unnecessarily killed in our roadways.
  4. i dont see why it matters i mean if you take it it will be easier to clean up.
  5. EHCRain10

    EHCRain10 G&G Newbie

    makes good sense to me, if i hit something that large and impressive it would make the repair bill a little bit better
  6. wizodd

    wizodd Guest

    Trophies in general

    I have to agree that it would certainly make losing a vehicle more tolerable.

    I'm against trophy hunting in general--it's why our wildlife are now much smaller than they were 200 years ago.

    In Wisconsin, the only large deer left are found in Waukesha county, because there is a large reserve there, and sometimes a buck will wander off.

    My Mom's family keep about 60 acres in Buffalo county for hunting, and the rule is that you are permitted to take a trophy animal only on your first hunt.

    But in this neck of the woods, we are primarily getting food. The poachers in the area (and they are numerous,) are not interested in getting "recognition," but in filling the larder. Most of them are farmers who suffer a great deal of damage from deer year round, and feel justified in getting something back for their damages.

    I live in town, and there is a large herd living in the park and cemeteries 3 blocks away, our gardens are regularly destroyed by the pests, and there is little to be done about it (although I'm looking at some new ways to harvest them within the DNR and city laws.)

    Our herd statewide has exploded, in part because we have CWD in the southern part of the state--which has reduced the number of hunters by as many as 150,000 (out of the 750,000 we used to get during gun season.)
  7. samuel

    samuel G&G Newbie

    I agree with you LeftyO,but I see by other responses hunting and being honest may well soon be a thing of the past. sam.
  8. I think it all depends, can you use road kill that you found, or do you have to hit it yourself? I don't think it would be right if you got credit for someone else's "hit", where's the sport in that? But if you did something like down the median on the grass at 80 miles an hour to take out a 1200 pound grizzly in your VW bug, then by all means, you deserve the credit.
  9. samuel

    samuel G&G Newbie

    I am going to try and forget I read that last post.I am losing faith in what call themselves sportsmen.No wonder PETA gets so much to use against us. sam.
  10. Stay calm Sam, it's called a joke.
  11. What's the difference between a roadkill deer & a roadkill Lawyer?
    Yup, you got it right, skid marks in front of the Deer!
  12. samuel

    samuel G&G Newbie

    Some people don't want skidmarks in front of the deer. sam.
  13. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    Here roadkill (usually moose) is harvested as much as possible. It used to be anyone could get on the waiting list. Now it is for charitable orgs only.