April 12, 2017 – Town of Polk, WI – During this week’s annual DNR spring hearing at the Washington County Fair Park a resolution was proposed regarding dead deer pickup.
The issue is becoming a rather hot topic since budget cuts have limited large animal carcass removal.
J.R. Salinas from West Bend offered a proposal at the end of the meeting where he suggested a 1-800 number to register the time a deer was killed and then people could have 20 hours within the fall and winter to salvage the animal.
“There’s a lot of meat out there to be used,” said Salinas. “This would help get the carcasses off the roads.”
Local DNR warden Tom Isaac said considering logistics this may be difficult to work out. “The whole car-deer pickup system involves so many different agencies and townships and I don’t know if they’re looking for more work,” he said. “But if there’s any way to use the deer more that would be a good thing.”
The DNR will have to officially register the resolution but in the meantime do you think this is a viable process? Would you pick up a deer from a vehicle hit at the side of the road within a certain time frame and then process the meat?