What Wild Chef reader out there hasn’t driven past a road-killed deer and thought, if only briefly, about stopping to pull out the backstraps? I’ll admit I’ve thought about it, though I have not yet brought myself to actually skinning one on the side of the road. Several states have laws on the books regarding salvaging road-killed animals, and now Montana has joined them:

Montana may now be the ultimate drive-through destination for adventurous foodies thanks to a new law that allows residents to consume any animals they kill. The bill, which passed 19-2, allows deer, elk, moose and antelope that have been killed by a car to be harvested for food.
State Rep. Steve Lavin…who is also a state trooper, introduced the law because he thought people were missing out on a potential food source.

_”As people know, people hit a lot of animals on roadways, and I mean a ton of them,” Lavin said, according to “There’s a lot of good meat being wasted out there.”

The Montana Department of Transportation reported more than 1,900 wild animal-vehicle crashes in 2011, and nearly 7,000 carcasses were collected from the side of road, ABC News reported._

Despite HuffPo’s snarky tone, salvaging roadkill is actually a common practice in many other states. For years, Alaska non-profit organizations could sign up to be on the call list to salvage meat from moose hit by vehicles. I’m glad to see Montana is getting onboard. In my mind, a couple of backstraps or the rear quarter of an elk or deer is a small payment for the damage caused by the accident.

Have you ever salvaged roadkill for food? Would you?