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A record book for road kill?

July 01, 2008 at 09:25 AM

Motorists hit a deer somewhere in the United States 1.5 million times a year. Those are the ones we know about. Estimates are that only about half the drivers who hit a deer report it. In this neck of the woods, almost everyone I know has hit a deer with a car, truck or motorcycle. Several of them have hit more than one.

Hitting a deer with your vehicle is unsettling, not to mention expensive. In the 10 worst states for vehicle/deer collisions, the cost of vehicle repair and replacement in 2006 was more than $270 million. Illinois is third on that top-10 list.

Many times, the motorist never sees it coming. No matter how observant you are or how carefully you drive, a deer can jump up out of a ditch or run out of a cornfield and be lined up on your hood ornament before you catch sight of it. Even if we could build fences 12 feet high along every highway and blacktop road in the state, deer still would get caught in the headlights.

With nearly 4,200 deer a day colliding with motor vehicles in the U.S., it’s possible that a car — not a hunter — could harvest the next world-record buck. Many deer-hunting experts believe that record buck is roaming the countryside somewhere in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri or Wisconsin —states with interstate and two-lane highways, as well as surfaced secondary roads, going through mile after mile of outstanding deer habitat. However, big-game animals that are not killed by fair chase are not eligible for recognition in the record books.

Richard Sanders believes trophy-class animals that are killed crossing the road deserve to be recognized. Sanders of Prescott, Wis., is the co-creator of After seeing a trophy black bear dead on the side of the road last fall, Sanders decided to launch the site to register exceptional deer, bears, cougar, elk, bobcats and many other animals that have been killed by vehicles.

“It’s not (the animal’s) fault they were hit by a car or truck,” he says. “These (trophy) animals should not disappear into thin air because there is no place to register them.”

Sanders is quick to point out that the Web site does not encourage or condone intentionally creating roadkill, and that the Web site provides awareness information such as peak danger seasons for vehicle-deer collisions. There also is an apparel section for those who can’t decide what to wear to the state fair.

While I understand Sanders’ intention is to recognize the animal and not the driver, I don’t see myself sending in roadkill for trophy consideration. Even if the accident was completely unavoidable, I don’t want to be known as the guy who took down the world-record buck with an F-150.

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I am continuously boggled by the stupid shit that some people devote time a resources to.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/01 at 09:40 AM

Does anyone realize that the world record non-typ whitetail in B&C;was a road kill outside of St. Louis. 

B&C;doesn’t consider road kill a “non fair chase” harvest.  A lot of records in the B&C;book are road kills and found dead.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/01 at 11:04 AM

Read through my B&C;book and found this

“The Boone and Crockett Club, because it recognizes the trophy and not the hunter or owner, also accepts trophies that are picked up (e.g. winter kills, road kills, etc) and trophies of unknown origin (e.g. garage sales, taxidermist, attics, etc.).  Trophies accepted with unknown locations of harvest are eligible only if they are for a category without a boundary.”

This guy needs to get his facts straight before posts on his site false claims.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/01 at 11:22 AM

It seems kind of odd that boone and crockett admit road killed antlers when they clearly state “fair chase”. Fair chase is by hunting and not road kill. It also DOES recognize the owner/hunter of the record animal in their book, in which they say don’t recognize the hunter. Does B&C;need to clear this up?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/01 at 12:55 PM

B&C;is a conservation program first and a records program after that.  They do drive the “fair chase” in everything, but since they are a conservation program, they record the game for their studies.  Yes, you are correct, they do recognize the hunter/owner.  But they do that for the hunter/owners benefit.  They are interested in the animals and their locations.  BC has been around for over 100 years.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/02 at 08:10 AM

B&C;is a class act! You pretty much covered everything they stand for MattS. Teddy Rosevelt was truly a man’s man and had enough guts (and smarts) to create such an organization. If only we could get another President to stand up for conservation and hunting as he did. Unfortunately, I think those days are gone.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/02 at 08:22 PM

with no mowing by the state or states, because of gas prices-no mowing, going to be alot more road kills this year.  guarantee insurance prices will be going up.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/02 at 10:01 PM

Hey Joe,
  John Kerry famously went waterfowl hunting during the 2004 campaign (can’t remeber if it was duck or goose).  And, of course, Cheney shot that guy in the face.  Maybe all is not lost.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/04 at 08:14 AM

I don’t see a problem hitting a deer with the motorcycle unless you get killed. Then, the deer should be thrown to a prison:)). I’m just kidding but most of the time is the deer’s fault because he motorcyclist hit her. I do motorcycle covers and I’m also the owner of a few motorcycles and I know how it is for us to get blamed for everything.

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