Sunday, November 18, 2012

Grand Game: Road Kill Time!

A disclaimer at the outset:  This is "satire."  It's WV, so it could be real.  On the other hand, I had no idea that it was illegal to eat stuff you ran over in the first place.  Yes, you can't take deer that way (though I've been tempted!), but if you hit a squirrel and want ya some stew, what's the problem?  It's fresh, and already tenderized, so you can put away that mallet.

But apparently the legislature of WV wanted to make honest women (and men) out of its citizens, and validate the already widespread (?) practice of taking those little delicacies home to the fam.

This is a KPC GG opportunity, though, because of the description, and quotes.  They attached "ryders"?  Really?  Big rental trucks, to make sure no wildlife survives that frantic scurry or waddle across the highway?  Wow.

Special bonus (LMM:  Do not watch this):  A roadkill cartoon.

UPDATE:  Is VA reacting to WV?  By using this "don't tread on me!" metaphor?  So, something like "don't run me over and then put me in the trunk to eat later?"  Why else would VA rip off this South Carolina symbol?


Tim Worstall said...

Small story about poaching rules from the UK:

"Yes, you can't take deer that way (though I've been tempted!), but if you hit a squirrel and want ya some stew, what's the problem? "

Landed estates often, around my way, raise pheasants for shooting. They're property, of course (as are deer). Hitting one with a car then scooping it up is poaching.

However, picking one up that someone else has hit is not poaching, that's just picking up roadkill.

Thus autumn evenings are spent, not two people in one car looking for dinner, but two people in two cars so looking. One to hit, the other to scoop up.

AC said...

Late to the discussion, but sir! Indeed, the consumption of roadkilled deer is allowed in NC. Internet discussion boards say so -- see e.g. , so we know it must be true, but also, I spent a part of one Thanksgiving in our fine state waiting while two young men whose vehicle's path had intersected with that of a deer (with negative effects for both deer and vehicle) secured permission from the sheriff's office to claim and remove said deer's remains (all this about 50 feet from my front door, and this being pre-cell-phone era, they used my phone). They did secure both -- permission and remains in that order.

It's also worth checking out wikipedia's entry on the general topic; not so much for its expertise as for the quoted application of the word "smooshed," see .