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Old 07-16-2017, 1:13 AM
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Default If i hit a deer and it doesnt die can i shoot it ?

Im going to be heading on a road trip out to lake tahoe and was wondering if i hit a deer driving at night and it doesnt die can i shoot it or leave it on the road till it dies then drag it to the side ?
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Old 07-16-2017, 1:19 AM
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Just don't put it in your car......


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Old 07-16-2017, 2:55 AM
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Don't know the law on it but a rancher in front of me on 46 between Atascadero and 1 one night hit a deer while pulling his cattle trailer, a big buck, stopped, put it down with his rifle, shoved it to the side and kept going. I was right behind him and didn't want to go around in case the deer wasn't completely down and bolted. I thought that was the humane thing to do.

OTOH, a registered bull got out in the fog and a car hit it on the 180, killing the driver, and my best friend and the CHP got into an argument while the bull, legs broken, was thrashing on top of the dead woman. It was my friend's bull, a very expensive registered one they used for breeding and he knew, regardless, it needed to be put down. So he pulled out his gun, shot it dead and the CHP arrested him. The constable showed up and let him loose since he knew him and the dairy the bull was from. By that time the slaughter guy had showed up and the bull was already bled out, gut sack out and on the hook going to the cold room. We don't waste any time. Cops can be a nuisance sometimes though.

IMO, if you're legal on the firearm, do what you need to do. Don't let the animal suffer. Of course, tend to your safety and those of any other passengers first.
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Old 07-16-2017, 3:57 AM
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Hate to see carcases on the side of the road. Laws are varied depending on were you are. Safety first is the rule generally.
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Buddy hit a deer a year X2 ago coming over the pass. CHP said, you hit it, you deal with it.
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Old 07-16-2017, 8:59 AM
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Depends on who shows up, really. Some states won't allow you to dispatch, Some states do. Some states make you leave it there, Some states say you can keep it. The crushed meat makes great dog food, BTW. If you're unsure, don't do it. You might not make things better by shooting. If the police don't know, contact the local game warden. They'll probably give the most accurate answer.
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Interesting........
I,'ve wondered about this myself
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Buddy hit a deer a year X2 ago coming over the pass. CHP said, you hit it, you deal with it.
No surprise there...
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I hit and killed a large buck in Helena, Montana. Full rack too. It was June. It was left on the side of the road. They had a game packing plant next to a taxidemist shop. I inquired about getting it cut into steaks and mounting that amazing head.

No, No, NO! was all I heard, illegal out of hunting season, big fines.
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Answer: Road-killed wildlife may not be retained by the driver of the vehicle that hits the animal, nor anyone else associated with the accident or not. Only authorized personnel of state and/or local agencies are permitted to dispatch and remove injured or dead animals.
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even if the driver of the vehicle is a licensed California hunter who has the appropriate tags to take the deer that is accidentally hit by their car, that hunter cannot legally tag that deer and take it home. Deer may only be taken with rifles, shotguns, pistols and revolvers, muzzleloaders and archery equipment. Motor vehicles are not included in this list of legal methods of take.
https://californiaoutdoorsqas.com/tag/roadkill/ , scroll down.
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I hit a deer a couple years ago. Threw in trunk, bled it out, put in cold storage for a week, put in freezer.

Family, Cats, and Dog ate venison for a week.
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Fish and Wildlife sayhttps://californiaoutdoorsqas.com/tag/roadkill/ , scroll down.
Damn that's fascinating but it makes perfect sense.
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Fish and Wildlife sayhttps://californiaoutdoorsqas.com/tag/roadkill/ , scroll down.
That and the fact that discharging a firearm on the shoulder of the road could be a bigger problem.
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If CA setup a candlelight vigil for the animal, take selfie and turn yourself in.
everyone has a cellphone camera and dash cam... PETA will find you.
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Ca. I think you have to bandage it up and call an ambulance.
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Just don't put it in your car......


Not safe for work or kids, but funny as ever...

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Ron, you will find this interesting:
Quite some time before LASO had the Lost Hills station in Calabasas, there was a young deputy assigned to the Malibu station who witnessed a large truck strike a Mule deer buck in Malibu Canyon. All parties stopped, and the deputy being a hunter, proceeded to place the now-deceased deer into the back of his patrol car, with the help of the truck driver. Just as he was about to close the door, a DFG warden cruised by, and took notice; the deer was impounded, and the deputy was lectured by the warden prior to leaving. What was funny was that the chances of seeing a warden are very slim at best, as there are not many in that region. The driver who struck the deer was allowed to simply leave, and no citation was given. That deputy and I still laugh about it, it seems so silly. Oh well........

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Old 07-18-2017, 11:20 PM
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Picking up road kill is not legal in CA. Dispatching animals hit by vehicles in CA is illegal. You are poaching in the rule of law since a motor vehicle is not a legal method of take. Call the police or F&W to do the deed.
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Just don't put it in your car......


Not safe for work or kids, but funny as ever...

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I dont know why bu I was expecting this.. https://youtu.be/-4GgMLiRP_Q
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Old 07-19-2017, 12:31 AM
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Ron, you will find this interesting:
Quite some time before LASO had the Lost Hills station in Calabasas, there was a young deputy assigned to the Malibu station who witnessed a large truck strike a Mule deer buck in Malibu Canyon. All parties stopped, and the deputy being a hunter, proceeded to place the now-deceased deer into the back of his patrol car, with the help of the truck driver. Just as he was about to close the door, a DFG warden cruised by, and took notice; the deer was impounded, and the deputy was lectured by the warden prior to leaving. What was funny was that the chances of seeing a warden are very slim at best, as there are not many in that region. The driver who struck the deer was allowed to simply leave, and no citation was given. That deputy and I still laugh about it, it seems so silly. Oh well........
That's funny. In LA County, you can not discharge a firearm within 1/2 mile of any highway, including a dirt one. It's a misdemeanor. We used to use that section sometimes when circumstances required us to take action, but we didn't want to slam them with a penal code section. Lower fines and although we had to seize their guns, the court would give them back their guns after a good lecture by the judge. Mind you, this was in the 1980s and no LEGR was required for the property custodian could release it as long as it wasn't stolen. We could also release them in the field on a citation and didn't have to take them to the station for booking.
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^^^^ Fud you cannot shoot across a road. Law not in force anymore.
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Ethical yes- But unlawful or negligent discharge will be charged if you are caught, unless you are lucky/or in a rural pro-gun area.

I thought the law was changed to allow the road-kill meat to be served to homeless by authorized agency/church etc. I know some States do this, not sure about CA.
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Fish and Wildlife sayhttps://californiaoutdoorsqas.com/tag/roadkill/ , scroll down.
This^^^ In California what's ethical and legal are two different things.
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My mom hit a deer last week in her Toyota Rav4 going about 40mph. It did quite a bit of damage to her car which had to be towed. Airbags did not deploy.
CHP called CalTrans. CalTrans simply drug the deer off into the bushes, said nature will take care of it.
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My mom hit a deer last week in her Toyota Rav4 going about 40mph. It did quite a bit of damage to her car which had to be towed. Airbags did not deploy.
CHP called CalTrans. CalTrans simply drug the deer off into the bushes, said nature will take care of it.
No airbags? A college buddy hit a dog and his aribags deployed. Blew the windows out of his brand new saturn and they wouldnt seat anymore. He had to use duct tape to seal all his windows and it didn't even kill the dog. It was hysterical.
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^^^^ Fud you cannot shoot across a road. Law not in force anymore.
Do you have a code to back this up?

Fish and Game Code 3004 only prohibits shooting across a road when it's done in an unsafe manner.
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