Senate passes measure to allow drivers to keep road kill

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Georgia is one of the top 10 states in the country in deer-related auto accidents. Now, drivers can get some just desserts – or dinner.

The Senate gave final passage to SB 474, which allows drivers to keep any bear or deer that they might run over. The so-called Road Kill Bill, carried by Sen. Don Thomas of Dalton, passed 47-0.

“This is hot of the grill,” Thomas said, tongue planted firmly in cheek. “And I urge you to support it.”

According to the bill, “Any person may take possession of native wildlife which has been killed by a motor vehicle.”

That was not always the case – at least with bears.

In the past, if someone hit and killed a bear, the Department of Natural Resources could take it to mount or place in a museum.

Thomas said drivers now have the option to keep their bears as long as they report the accident to DNR within 48 hours. They don’t have to report a deer strike.

132 comments Add your comment

catlady

April 29th, 2010
12:27 pm

THIS is what they are spending their time on?

terry

April 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

I agree with catlady. There are many more important issues to be working on.

Glad to see they are earning their money.

nancy

April 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

exactly, what a waste of time.. vote them all out for wasting time on this stuff

Annoyed

April 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

I suppose Senator Thomas of Dalton was doing his part to help his constituents keep food on the table and clothes on their back. If they can’t think of anything better to vote on they should just go home.

DonH.

April 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

Ditto catlady..my thoughts exactly…and WE are paying THOSE Senate salaries! Plenty of more pressing issues for them to deal with!

PissedStateWorker

April 29th, 2010
1:03 pm

FURLOUGH THE SENATE!

aldga

April 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

catlady…please run for office!

A dad

April 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

We are closing schools, furloughing teachers, maintaining bloated state employee salaries and retirement benefits, but thank GOD at least we can keep lil ole bambi after we run him over. Thanks Sen. Dalton for helping make Georgia the joke of the nation once again.

A dad

April 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

And I fogot to mention an evidentiary code that dates back to the Civil War that couldn’t make it to the floor to be voted on. Oddsbodkins!!!

TC

April 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

Only in Georgia…

PissedStateWorker

April 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

For what they are doing how about my goldfish run for office

Rollo Tomasi

April 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

Bill

April 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

That possum lying in front of my house is going to be dinner!!!

tater

April 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

Can’t wait til November!!!!

MCT

April 29th, 2010
1:12 pm

The Department of Human Resources probably doesn’t need to be notified (As indicated in the article)… perhaps the the DNR?

soldierboy

April 29th, 2010
1:13 pm

first off. this is a semi important thing for some people. its likely to happen to anybody and if everyone takes their roadkill the state reduces costs bc they dont have to pay workers to clean roadkill up. second, if you were to hit a deer, you can now save money that you would otherwise have spent on groceries, bc you have said deer to eat. third, there is only so much the state can do about the teachers, and yes, while the state employees have large salaries, do they not deserve it? they have to deal with criticism from people like yourselves that dont believe what they do is right. and your beliefs are your beleifs and you are entitled to them, but regardless, they have a tough job, and believe it or not, they are taking a pay cut right now too. so be mindful and think of all the possibilities before you talk about an issue and embarass yourselves on the internet.

Karl Marx

April 29th, 2010
1:14 pm

I hear the Road Kill Cafe will be reopening off of I75 soon! New items will be Smashed Deer and Bear Pie. Way to go dummys.

DICK

April 29th, 2010
1:15 pm

DICK

April 29th, 2010
1:15 pm

Johnny Nam

April 29th, 2010
1:16 pm

WWHHHHEEEWWWW, I was beginning to wonder if our tax dollars were being used wisely by our elected officials in assuring us that they would take on issues that would be in our best interests; creation of jobs, DOT projects, attracting businesses to our state……….etc.. My mind is eased now…………………..NOT!!!

DICK

April 29th, 2010
1:17 pm

Sorry hit the submit button twice.

SOLDIER BOY. I don’t know what part of the state you live in bu in our area of south Georgia the only ting that cleans road kill from the highways and by ways is the vultures. I don’t mean state employees, I litterly mean the wing vultures. I have seen the high way dept, other employees and supervisors, drive around a deer in the road.

JJ

April 29th, 2010
1:19 pm

Road Kill Cafe – You kill, we’ll grill it. Our menu offers up such tastey morsels as “Thumper on a Bumper”,,,,,mmmmm

commoncents

April 29th, 2010
1:20 pm

soldierboy: How can you embarass yourself on the internet as an anonymous poster? If you do, that’s sad.

Secondly, I don’t think this bill will affect 99.9% of the GA population. How many soccer moms hit a deer then wish they could take it home, if only it wasn’t for that stupid GA law? I’m willing to bet that most of these animal strikes will be handled the same way: left out in the middle of the road for someone else to clean up or hit again

Ricky Tom Bobby

April 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

Shoot Yea Boy, I dun hit 3 Deers last winter. I gonna make sum Stew and a new hats.

Tiger Woods + Jesse James = SuperBAD meets SuperEVIL in "SuperUGLY"

April 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

I’m very much pleased that the State Legislature acted decisively on this issue of very critical importance to the state. As we all know, the roadkill tourism industry is one that is of critical importance to this state as it brings in billions of dollars a year to state coffers. Oh, what’s that? There is no roadkill tourism industry? Oh, well, forget all of that stuff I said. Nevermind.

Bullwinkle

April 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

Unless the road kill is able to pay mey insurance deductible, then I don’t need or want it. In addtion to the ins. deductible, you’ll still have to pay road kill processing fees.

ieee

April 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

Hey, it is so much better that Georgia’s criminal legislators spend their time on this type of important stuff. If they don’t we could end up with even more idiotic, immoral, illegal, anti-religious, counterproductive, and un-American SEX OFFENDER laws that will waste billions of our dollars. Oh wait, they already did that AGAIN this year, just like every other year. They just love simple, mindless panaceas too much to give them up.

Understanding Atlanta

April 29th, 2010
1:23 pm

Just to note: State Employees are some of the lowest paid individuals, especially in Georgia…they do have good benefits, but that’s because if they didn’t they’d all live below the poverty level.

But after driving through S. Georgia, road kill can be a problem, especialy on State Roads that don’t get much attention from DOT. Just because you don’t think it has merit in improving your quality of life, doesn’t mean others in teh state feel the same way.

WHAT THE....

April 29th, 2010
1:24 pm

Was it backwoods hick day on the floor or something? Guess it’s safe to say it’s open season on wildlife now. The last thing I would be thinking if I hit an animal of this size is getting it and myself help, not dinner. Cue the banjo…

Publius

April 29th, 2010
1:26 pm

For all you irate taxpayers….please remember that Sen. Thomas is who carried the anti-smoking ban through passage. I think he has earned the right to an easy win.

Now catlady, if Sen. Thomas could just find a use for the thousands of cats and dogs euthanized in the state each year.

Isitme

April 29th, 2010
1:26 pm

I wonder how much money & time it cost us tax payers to have that bill brought to the floor for a vote?! Who sponsored that bill?.. get’em out of there!

Jake

April 29th, 2010
1:28 pm

No hunting permits needed,, who needs a gun ,, open year round season!

Oxygen deprived at birth

April 29th, 2010
1:28 pm

WOOO!!!!! Were eatin tonite!!

smokemonster

April 29th, 2010
1:29 pm

This will encourage the rednecks to run over anything that has four legs. Well hee-haw and que the dueling banjos. This state is truly backwards in everything. They still sont see anything wrong with Drive-out plates.

smokemonster

April 29th, 2010
1:29 pm

Byron Mathison Kerr

April 29th, 2010
1:30 pm

Just tell me one thing I need to hear: just tell me the legislature spent very, very little time on drawing this one up. If you tell me that, I’m fine with it. It might even give me something else to sell on eBay.

Jake

April 29th, 2010
1:31 pm

Don’t bate the highways with corn

hdhd

April 29th, 2010
1:31 pm

More time they spend worry about this kind of stuff, the less time they have coming up with other bills to interfere with our lives, restrict our liberties, and take our money.

Byron Mathison Kerr

April 29th, 2010
1:33 pm

Publius @ 1:26 pm wrote:
“… if Sen. Thomas could just find a use for the thousands of cats and dogs euthanized in the state each year.”

Soylent Green.

Bambi

April 29th, 2010
1:33 pm

Is this animal cruelty? I don’t want to eat Bambi – why were they even discussing the consumption of Bambi! Where’s PETA?

Seriously

April 29th, 2010
1:36 pm

I agree, THIS is what they are spending their time on?? No mention of the fact that when hitting a deer (or bear) with your car, most of the time the meat isn’t even good! I grew up in Michigan where there is LOTS of deer. Granted most people WILL take the animal home, but you have to clean it REALLY well. Think about it, you hit a deer, deer smashes the front end of your car. Now the deer is tore open, full of coolant, maybe brake fluid, road grime, etc etc. Sometimes it’s not worth it! Best you can get is something to mount!

I think they are just hoping people will want to mount the heads or something and gain more revenue for the state using taxidermy!

Isitme

April 29th, 2010
1:37 pm

Bambi!.. that’s a good one Lol, LOl,… PETA.. where are you?!

Thelma

April 29th, 2010
1:38 pm

Okay… I ditto Catlady. It’s obvious that we just wasted how much money electing these idiots to office???????

What a joke.

solowflex

April 29th, 2010
1:40 pm

WTF? So, I guess roadkill is far more important than unemployment and healthcare. Who the fluck spends time on this nonsense? Who cares about a dead bear? To be perfectly honest, I’d like to see a bear get hit by a car and then regain consciousness as it’s loaded up to be hauled away. This is one of the problems with this country……the news shows NOTHING BUT negativity and b.s. our government force feeds us too much idiocy so the general public can’t see what’s really going on. I should lobby for a bill that would allow me to beat the sh!t out of those who approve pointless bills like this one. What a waste.

jw

April 29th, 2010
1:40 pm

I suspect a lot of folks in Dalton are kind of glad to see Dr. Thomas hang it up – we’re starving to death – have the worst unemployment in the state – and his answer – eat the possum, skunks, cats and dogs you find on the side of the road – We’re poor, but proud takes on a whole new meaning – at least we won’t be hungry tonight, momma!

Carpet Land is about to implode – schools are suffering – we’re having to release teachers, cut pay, shut buildings down, close businesses and on this last day of the session – we can eat road kill stew – legally!

The whole group should be embarrassed about this kind of behavior – geez!

Justine

April 29th, 2010
1:40 pm

es rhis is why nothing serious gets handled, But guess what you voted them in andyou will continue to vote for these sane people over qualified candidates. you get whatyou vote for.

GeorgeW

April 29th, 2010
1:40 pm

(A dad ) Majority of state workers are way under paid. For most state jobs its very difficult to make a living in Atlanta. The turn over rate for state workers is very high. BTW I am not a state worker…used be though.

Tyler Pike

April 29th, 2010
1:43 pm

This is great news for Daddy! You should have seen how excited he got when he heard the news. This is really going to keep our cost down for our Vinegar based Venison Stew. There’s dead carcasses all over our lonely streets just waiting to be gobbled up. I wouldn’t be surprised if Daddy climbs in the pickup and goes deer huntin tonight. Get himself some dinner and collect on an insururance payout for the “damage” to his truck.

solowflex

April 29th, 2010
1:45 pm

Well, since there seems to be nothing more to discuss here, go to: http://www.youtube.com/solow295

CTG

April 29th, 2010
1:48 pm

I needed a good laugh and boy did I get it reading these responses (and the article). Pure comedy!

UFGator

April 29th, 2010
1:49 pm

WOW! This is the funniest doo-doo I’ve read in a long time. Way to go GA Senate for making my day! Y’all just gotta love our hard-working Senate. You do, don’t ya? HeeeeeeeeHEeeeeeee.

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April 29th, 2010
1:50 pm

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Nanny Goat

April 29th, 2010
1:50 pm

Catlady has hit the nail on the head – okay everyone, elections are coming up – do your part and vote these moron’s out of office!! BTW – if someone in a rural area previously hit a dear, most of them would have not thought twice about throwing it in the back of the truck and taking it home.

Bill

April 29th, 2010
1:53 pm

Republicans at work again!!! When is Georgia going to wake up and vote these rednecks out of office. I cannot believe someone would actually waste taxpayer money to think this sort of thing up and actually waste time to vote on it. Truly, just a joke!!

Ga Driver

April 29th, 2010
1:53 pm

Well, if I accidentally hit a bear with my car I think I should at least get to keep it – could be a nice fur rug… we just have to make sure these are accidents!

Quishawn

April 29th, 2010
1:54 pm

Reading this article the reporter has made an erra “of ” should of been off. But anywho I think that everyone will be trying to hit a deer or somthing lol. Thats some good meat lol.

Dentster

April 29th, 2010
1:56 pm

ALL of you are WRONG!!! It is never a waste of legislative time to decriminalize something that should never have been a crime in the first place. I live in metro Atlanta and have hit five deer and seen three bears in 12 years. You do not have to be a “backwoods hick” to hit a deer or bear and you shouldn’t have to be a criminal to keep the meat from being wasted as carion.

Fatty McBuffett

April 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

Yall can just shut up…..This is a good law woth the time lookin at. There will be possum on the table for anybody hungry now!

Jai

April 29th, 2010
2:01 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen please go to the polls in November, because this is ridiculous! Quit wasting time under that Gold Dome.

Jump Off

April 29th, 2010
2:06 pm

FEAR THE DEER!!! LOL @ the Hawks

the Captain

April 29th, 2010
2:06 pm

So last week it was crazy conspiracy microchip implants. This week it’s eating road kill. I guess the GA state leaders are hell bent on proving right every negative stereotype the rest of the country thinks about GA!

Deer Hunter

April 29th, 2010
2:11 pm

HeyBill: The bill passed 47-0 so it wasn’t just the Republicans at work again. It was all of the idiots from both sides.

d2

April 29th, 2010
2:15 pm

So if a school bus hits a bear does that mean the school can serve it for lunch the next day–I mean it would be legal wouldn’t it? Carry guns in bars, microchips because of a crazy lady who said the defense department inserted it into her privates, trying to pass the law for the state to carry death insurance on its employees, celebrating a man who can’t sing about pants being on the ground, borrowing next years ARRA funds to finance this years budget, increasing loan amounts for next year, passing a road bill that want do anything, asking to be sued by the federal gov’t through other bills–WOW now this–Please General Assembly Don’t meet next year–you do enough humilating your citizens. Please take your 40 day furlough next year.

Sandy

April 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

Let’s “stock” our highways and roads with bears and deers and then shoot off the starting gun and have a car free for all to see who can run over the most deer and bear and load them up in their pickups and SUV’s. A new reality show?

Ron N' Mexico

April 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

What if you hit an illegal? Do you get to take them home?

Jump Off

April 29th, 2010
2:25 pm

LOL @ Mike Vick (Ron Mexico)

solowflex

April 29th, 2010
2:28 pm

What if you hit a prostitute on P’tree and Pine? Can she be taken home without being subject to a penalty? The way I see it, free sex and nutrition for everyone!!!!

DJ_Superstar

April 29th, 2010
2:31 pm

So, what happens if a vegetarian hits a deer? Or a bear? Or.. you get it!

wtf

April 29th, 2010
2:31 pm

Crap like this is why we’ve yet to get something meaningful passed with transportation. Ugh.

Virginia

April 29th, 2010
2:31 pm

Why do these idiots even bother to show up if this kind of thing is what they’re spending their time, and our money, on??? Did any of these geniuses figure out who is going to direct traffic and deal with traffic jams while drivers are scraping their dinner off the road?

ben md

April 29th, 2010
2:42 pm

cue the banjoos…

Jump Off

April 29th, 2010
2:46 pm

Yeeee hawwww!

Jump Off

April 29th, 2010
2:48 pm

me and my wife-daughter gonna get us some of THAT-THERE road kill!

junior smith

April 29th, 2010
2:49 pm

PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals! You can read from the article that this law was already in place. All they did is add bears to the list. I’m sure it didn’t take much time at all to pass. So here we all are wasting time fussing about this addition to a law passed several years ago. Shouldn’t we be more concerned about what our “wonderful” federal defacto government is doing behind our backs that’s completely unconstitutional? Talk about needing to vote a bunch of socialistic, communistic anti-America pigs out of office…well there’s your real target come November.

DJ Sniper

April 29th, 2010
2:53 pm

Jesus H. Christ. Just when I think Georgia lawmakers can’t get any more retarded, they go and prove me wrong. With all the issues currently facing this state, they go and waste time coming up with this nonsense. This state gets more and more backwards every single day. Why is keeping road kill such an important issue? Why are they trying to make it legal to carry a gun into a bar, yet we still can’t buy alcohol on Sundays? Why do Georgians keep voting these idiots into office????

DannyX

April 29th, 2010
2:53 pm

Sunday is always the best day to hunt roadkill, between 9am and 3pm. The old people don’t have good eyes or reflects. These church people make up about 80% of the traffic on Sundays in rural Georgia. The deer and such don’t stand a chance.

Since Sundays are the best roadkill hunting days be prepared. Don’t risk not having any beer on hand for your roadkill Sunday bbq. Stock up in advance. Chicken Fried Pigeon is served best with a cold beer. Tire Tenderized Venison, goes great with a hearty red wine, yum.

Go to roadkill.com for the best cheap, roadkill removal utensils. Squirrel shovels are on sale this week.

Don’t forget Fido! Please donate your excess roadkill to Purina Dog Chow.

Queenie

April 29th, 2010
2:55 pm

Road Kill. It’s what’s for dinner!

ben md

April 29th, 2010
3:02 pm

Deer Hunter: it passed 47-0, which means there were some abstentions (I’d like to think because of the stupidity of the bill), but why would someone vote against something as asinine as this bill?

KenTanner

April 29th, 2010
3:19 pm

Hereafter to be referred to as “The Jed Clampett Law”

bulldogmaniac

April 29th, 2010
3:19 pm

Really….who in the world would hit an animal, pick it’s bloody tick infested carcus up off the road and load it into the car???

Justin Olgeezer

April 29th, 2010
3:26 pm

One note of caution! Make sure they’re dead before you throw them in the car.

Deer Slayer

April 29th, 2010
3:28 pm

So does this mean that while we’re driving and we see a legislator in the middle of the road, and they turn to look at you with that “deer in the headlights” expression just before they get hit, then………oh, never mind.

arkansas countryboy

April 29th, 2010
3:31 pm

will I have to have an out-of-state hunting license to come to Georgia to hunt with my truck..Is there any restrictions on time of day?..can I drive at night?..is there a limit?.. can you get more than one a day? These are some questions that need to be answered before me and my buddies in Arkansas make the trip..appreciate any info

Gooks are US

April 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

“Now catlady, if Sen. Thomas could just find a use for the thousands of cats and dogs euthanized in the state each year.”

Any good Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese restaurant will take them off your hands! I know that from my time in those areas, dogs are fine for eating.

Garth

April 29th, 2010
3:39 pm

This just shows you the dept general assembly has sunk to–picking up road kill and carrying guns into all bars; and you wonder why the folks up north think we’re red behind the ears. I’ve lived here all my life and I’m throughly ashamed of the idiots who gather every year under
the gold dome.

Bremen Dawg

April 29th, 2010
3:46 pm

Whoo hooo, who cares about the budget, we get to eat our road kill.

The Man

April 29th, 2010
3:50 pm

I guess they spend the “bear” minimum of time doing nothing but counting how much road kill they spot on the road before coming to work, so one of the smart individuals in this group believed passing this bill would cut down on their morning commute if he didn’t have to see dead animals on the road. People should be proud they voted for these rugrats!!

Famous

April 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

Sorry Georgia residents — you are not the first. West Virginia (a different state than Virginia) enacted this ‘Road Kill’ law many years ago. Ususally W.Va. is behind on everything. But now the state shines as one of the first!

Bremen Dawg

April 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

Mr DNR officer, I was just driving down the road and all of a sudden a 150 class 17 point buck came running out and hit my truck. It sure looks like you ran off the side of the road. No sir, I stirred to miss it.

bucky

April 29th, 2010
3:56 pm

if a drug dealer gets his head impaled on a fence can you keep the head? tastes like chicken.

Steve

April 29th, 2010
4:00 pm

This new policy actually benefits us taxpayers. Cut the illegals from the taxpayer food stamp program and VIOLA- free food courtesy of the highway system!

Kar

April 29th, 2010
4:00 pm

My question is, was somebody else fighting for that possibly dead possum or rabbit?

Blackberry Cobbler

April 29th, 2010
4:07 pm

So now what we will have is everyone riding around the countryside at night just hoping for an opportunity to have a deer or bear run out in front of them. If you do hit a deer, insurance will pay for the damage anyway. So crank up the high beams boys and go see what happens.

I’ve never had much use for our legislative folks in Washington or Atlanta. This just proves the total uselessness of most of them.

Blackberry Cobbler

April 29th, 2010
4:09 pm

You now the difference between a dead deer in the road and a dead legislator in the road?

There’s skid marks in front of the deer……………………. :-)

bucky

April 29th, 2010
4:10 pm

garth and the rest of my georgia friends i live in pa and we can carry our weapons everywhere. and keep roadkill (but who wants bloodshot meat). i like your laws that enable you to defend yourself from violent attack. i love ga and have friends and relatives there and spent some time at benning . you should never worry about what these libs think up here anyway they are screwed up. i know it cost this state about 150 to have a deer removed from the road they are saving the taxpayers money. but you are right there are more things they should worry about like rounding up the illegals in chamblee and sending them back home. you are blessed to have sonny purdue and with gods help nathan deal will fill his shoes. maybe you can keep any illegal that steps out in front of your car.

Uncle Tom

April 29th, 2010
4:19 pm

Sooooo other animals were left off of the list (squirrels, possums, racoons)?

You Asked

April 29th, 2010
4:24 pm

State workers get paid a lot?! Wow. I took a 40% cut from my private industry job to come to the state and some of our DHS workers are paid so little they are eligable for food stamps.

I must be working for the wrong agency.

Having said that I also wonder what the Legislature has been smoking…

You Asked

April 29th, 2010
4:25 pm

Time to adjust the sights on the old pickup truck! I’m goin’ big game huntin’

Michael

April 29th, 2010
4:25 pm

Are you freaking kidding me???? Our legislators actually wasted tax payers money as well as valuable time on this bill?? What is wrong with our state & country?? Who gives a rats a$$ whether someone keeps roadkill or not? I cannot believe this…..stupid issues like this makes me want to leave this country forever!

anakin skywalker

April 29th, 2010
4:28 pm

That group under the gold dome have almost as much sense as a road killed DEER.
They wanted to split a county and add another. Ga. needs another county like anyone needs a Hole in their Heads. The other 49 states do not work to destroy there Capital County and City like Georgia. Those State Dumbells under the dome are the laughting stock of the whole nation. With the help and backing of the Sandy Springs Tea-Party those Rep. and a few Dem. dumbells are tring to destroy Fulton County.

Bambi

April 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

Don’t be haters GA legislators!

4 Jacks

April 29th, 2010
4:31 pm

Forget mounting the road kills…I would rather mount some of the heads of these legislators that come up with this crap, when the economy, the health care and the court system in this country and state are a joke. I do hope people will remember that we can start to take back our country starting this November.

Base

April 29th, 2010
4:36 pm

You mean I couldn’t pick it up before?

Buck Ofama

April 29th, 2010
4:36 pm

What’s the law if you accidentally run over a state senator? Do you have to report it to the DNR?

Possum, the other white meat!!!

Deej

April 29th, 2010
4:59 pm

Average Joe

April 29th, 2010
5:03 pm

What I would like to see is the Senate ‘man-up’ like the rest of us, and make a few sacrifices ot their own. Maybe eliminate free insurance (for life),and full salary retirement (for life). Maybe, vote to take a little furlough for themselves. If they are going to ask our teachers and other employees to cut back, then they should do the same.

JACKIE

April 29th, 2010
6:26 pm

I think they should also be allowed to stay on roadside for vultures and crows to eat. They have to eat too and i am really glad to see the vultures return in large numbers to georgia.

Sadly informed

April 29th, 2010
6:28 pm

State employees have large salaries? My husband makes $40K a year, hasn’t benefitted from a raise in 10 years that wasn’t completely eaten by an increase to health insurance. He gets no annual increases for performance. Basically, he’s making less than he was 10 years ago.

Whitetail Down

April 29th, 2010
6:28 pm

Just because none of you hunt, doesn’t mean you can’t understand why this is a good thing.

1. It will create jobs. For every deer that is hit and picked up by one of you left-wing, card carrying idiots, you will have to take it to a meat processor, because you likely don’t have a knife in the house. This means more work for meat processors.
2. Our roads will be cleaner – less littered by dear and bear carcasses. Better eye-appeal for our tourists.
3. The likelihood of you running over a dead bear or deer is decreased, further limiting the amount of additional damage to your vehicle. What does this do in turn? Lower insurance premiums for GA drivers based on the decreased chance of road hazards.

That’s 3 reasons off the top of my head I can think why this is a good thing. Just because the Senate is not passing a bill that makes your life perfect, doesn’t mean it’s worthless.

Just a tip if you do plan on taking your roadkill home with you, make sure you go buy a handgun so you can put the animal out of it’s misery if you just injure it fatally. Would you rather be left on the side of the road to die for hours with a life-ending injury, or just be put out of your misery?

Oh, wait. I forgot none of you own a gun.

:)

Hey, it's Enrico Pallazzo!

April 29th, 2010
6:32 pm

So hitting a deer with a car out of season is okay. Hunting a deer out of season or with out a license is not okay. What if I hunt a deer out of season without a license, but report that I hit it with my car with 48 hrs? I guess that is okay. If I were a hunter and wanted to hunt I would just say that I hit the deer with my car and report it. I don’t see any chance of abuse of this law.

bob

April 29th, 2010
6:35 pm

so does this mean if i bait the road with salt blocks, and have my shovel handy i can go out with my four wheeler and get some good eatin?

yeee-haw geterdun

bob

April 29th, 2010
6:45 pm

yall kiddin meh this the berst darn ting to happen to us south georgians (the kind of people we have in office the rnof RED NECKS OF AMERICA unite) lets get these fools out of office

BC

April 29th, 2010
7:25 pm

GROOSSS!!!!!!!

TootsInYourPanties

April 29th, 2010
7:34 pm

I demand to have my share of y’all’s roadkill. Governor Rick Perry just killed a roadkill coyote who charged at his little doggy. You may have his roadkill coyote, he didn’t want it.

Boomer

April 29th, 2010
8:06 pm

There are more important issues . but I think our good old boys are looking out for people like me who depend on dandelions and road kill for our daily eating. I appreciate what they are doing, I wish it would happen the the state I moved to after my home in Georgia was forclosed on. I still have to be sneaky about road kill here in this state.

bugman

April 29th, 2010
8:09 pm

I think the larger indictment to this silliness is that until TODAY you couldn’t keep anything that you or someone else ran over.

What year is it again?

Maybe in 2020 they will address sodomy.

Eh, maybe not.

godless heathen

April 29th, 2010
8:12 pm

First, it did not cost us Georgia taxpayers one red cent for the legislature to debate and pass this bill. If they weren’t doing this, they would have been doing something else, and it would probably been something more harmful to us. Second, anyone that would eat bumper stung venison, be it deer or bear venison, needs to be protected from something.

SS

April 29th, 2010
8:29 pm

Seriously?? I hit a deer last December and killed it. I felt guilty and horrible about killing an animal. Now they are telling me that I could have taken him home to eat, why would I want to do that?

Vance

April 29th, 2010
8:53 pm

Can i expect to see everyone here as new canidates running for the legislature at the next election since all of you seem to think you can do better.

Brava

April 29th, 2010
9:54 pm

Newsflash! Everyone in this state doesn’t live in Metro Atlanta. I grew up in rural South Georgia, spent my adult life all over the world in the Army and now live in the Atlanta burbs, but I think this is a good bill. I can’t speak for bears, because I never heard of anyone hitting one where I grew up, but there were plenty of deer hits. What in the world is wrong with allowing the person who hits it to pick it up and dress it out to eat? I never understood why it was illegal to begin with. That was stupid and a huge waste of good meat.

Patty

April 29th, 2010
11:01 pm

…”you Might be a red-neck” ?

Educated Redneck

April 30th, 2010
12:15 am

Many think that this law makes no sense, but it does. The possession of a skin or mount of many animals are controlled by law. Having a bear mount or possession of a dead bear without proper permission can bring a heavy fine. Also many small “meaningless to many” bills are passed each and every year. While not as important as fixing the budget they are important to someone. Also the state congress people make chump change for what they do, if you want to gripe about that complain about the Feds, they make very good salaries, even if they do think that the military will make an island fall off into the sea. I may be a south Georgia redneck, but even I know better than that.

southern opinion

April 30th, 2010
12:56 am

What if I’m not the one who ran over it? Can I keep it anyway? Sure would cut down on my Kroger bill and go nicely with the tomatoes I stole out of your garden!!!

Big Chubby

April 30th, 2010
4:39 am

Yeah Vance,
Any idiot who has posted tonight would be a better candidate than you or any of the officials that voted in this idiotic legislation. Are you mentally disabled?

Frank

April 30th, 2010
7:10 am

Just remember..the deer you run over may be someones pet!
http://www.dilliethedeer.net/

Prof.

April 30th, 2010
9:17 am

How do Pollocks eat possum?

One eats while the other looks out for cars!

plain jane

April 30th, 2010
10:22 am

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

All of you commenting are evidently sad because of your chosen lot in life.

DOT has more important issues than road kill. I am glad they made it legal in case someone wants to file a law suit.

I don’t eat venison but many people do and I respect that. I don’t eat goat meat but many cultures do and I respect that.

All you complainers need to run for these public positions and make the world a better place to live. I simply do not understand why you have not chosen one of these positions for your career………..OH NEVER MIND….I JUST HAD A REVELATION!

Sadly informed

April 30th, 2010
12:09 pm

Keep a deer as a pet is illegal in Georgia.

Being able to tell if a deer has been shot v. hit by a car is pretty easy. However, its not so easy with a bear. A small shot gets closed up pretty quickly if its a clean kill. Going over a 300 lb bear with matted hair to find a bullet hole will be a challenge. Its silly this was against the law in the first place but there is a big market for black market bear parts.

Brooklyn Reader

April 30th, 2010
2:04 pm

Please excuse this comment from an out-of-stater, but besides the obvious hilarity of the law, there’s another issue here. Large-animal roadkill takes a serious toll, economic damage to vehicles, and occasional death or injury to motorists. The value of salvageable venison from a road-killed deer is far less than the cost of repairing a vehicle, and waaay less than dealing with injuries. If collisions are supposedly such a big concern, if motor vehicles are one of the main thing controlling the deer and bear populations, why not address the actual problem? Maybe the deer and bear populations are too large for the state and need to be reduced. There are many ways to do this, from hunting, to restoring ecological balance, to other things that science has to offer.

JohnPeg

April 30th, 2010
3:32 pm

“This is hot of the grill,” What the heck does that mean? of? off? How come you people don’t know how to write the language?

jimmy

June 30th, 2010
4:46 pm

well lets just take them all out and maybe we can get some real business done.
This is just another example of our government not getting real on what they need to be working on.

P B Cutty

July 16th, 2010
7:42 pm

SB474 was enacted because the Georgia General Legislature wanted to be sure that all Georgians has enough to eat. Everybody up on HR 178. This is the Georgia Re-Enslavement Act of 2010. It will be on the November ballot. If you want to become a slave to your employer just vote “yes”. The Georgia Legislature and sunny feels if this passes, then they can entice industry into Georgia. Explains why Sonny went to communist China last year. Trying to convince the Chinese they can get slave labor in Georgia. JUST VOTE NO!!!!