Kill It And Grill It is now legal in California…with a BIG caveat!
Against the backdrop of extraordinarily high gas prices and stranded Tesla owners (due to intentional power outages), California and its über liberal legislature is busy demonstrating its willingness to dive further into stupidity with a pair of bills that, when taken together, make no sense whatsoever:
First, California just made it easier for people who hit and kill a “deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, or wild pig” on a highway with their cars to go ahead and take the meat to eat it…beginning in 2022.
…if a person unintentionally strikes and kills a deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, or wild pig on a roadway in California with a vehicle, that person may recover, possess, use, or transport the whole animal and salvage the edible portions of the animal pursuant to a wildlife salvage permit.
But, first, you have to get a permit (of course) and, second…
This section does not authorize an individual to kill an injured or wounded animal for the purpose of salvage.
So, to summarize, if you hit a “deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, or wild pig” by accident, it’s okay to take it and eat it…as long as you 1) get a permit and 2) didn’t do it on purpose.
However, assuming you lawfully struck a “deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, or wild pig” by accident (assuming you survived said accidental killing of the “deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, or wild pig”), you got your permit and decided to have a family feast on the street meat, under no circumstances can you sell the fur of said “deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, or wild pig.”
Why? Because selling fur is now illegal in California, according to another new law Governor Newsom signed over the weekend.
Other states that have similar Kill It and Grill It laws, including Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, notes Sacramento’s CBS 13.
If you’re not sure what to make with your roadkill, thankfully, the internet has a plethora of roadkill recipes (like this one).