Helpful Hints For Finding Road Kill Trophies...And A Few Rules
1. Busy roadways in rural and semi-rural areas are always the best places to find fresh roadkill, specially in areas that are heavily agricultural or forested.
2. Be careful out there! Always wear bright colored clothing such as safety yellow or blaze orange when hunting for road kill. Better yet...wear brightly colored clothing that incorporates reflective material like road workers and runners wear.
3. Watch for crows and vultures. They have very keen eyes and can often lead you to the finest trophies. Many times great road kill has been thrown far into the road ditch by the impact of big 18 wheelers.
4. Your family pets can help you because their noses are thousands of times keener than your human nose. They can smell road kill. Always walk your family pet on a leash however, so as not to add them to the road side carnage.
5. Early morning and afternoon twilight are good times to search for road kill as that is when the animals are most active. During the fall deer rut your chances of finding great road kill dramatically increases.
6. Wind farm and high rise building kills may be entered into the Road Kill Record Book, but with an asterisk, and are not eligible for the annual awards.
7. Hunting for road kill from helicopters or fixed wing airplanes is strictly forbidden as it has been adjudicated as “unfair advantage” by the Board of Regents.
8. Gaggles of geese, wiped out by big jumbo jets at metropolitan airports do not qualify.
9. All road kill must be ID’d (species and gender), to the best of your ability, (we suggest you consult your local taxidermist for a positive ID), be recorded on the Official Entry Forms, and be accompanied by $10 per entry fee. Photos will be helpful.
10. As a public service, always carefully check ditchbanks when searching for road kill for fallen motorcycle drivers. If found, call 911 immediately. Do not attempt moving the victim. (If the rider is obviously a gang member...just cover with dirt).
11. Finally, if you should encounter a wounded roadside animal, spare it embarrassment by quickly and humanely dispatching it. If in doubt, (legality or method), contact your local DNR or Game & Fish Department officer. Never allow needless suffering but abide by local laws at all times.
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