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With Mr. Heavey's latest column in mind, have you ever picked up a road kill? I personally have picked up 3 deer, all fresh, I

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  • #16
    When I first moved to Alaska, 20+ yrs ago, I joined a road-kill crew that would collect road-kills (usually moose) and distribute them to charities...we collected many fine moose...I vividly recall a huge bull that had been killed by a train...it was 55 below that january night...cutting up a frozen moose, in the dark, at -55, was something I will never forget...

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    • #17
      Ive never really thought to pick one up

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      • #18
        Since all the parties involved with this tale have passed to their rewards, I guess it is safe to tell.
        Fifty years or so ago, my Father and Mother were returning home from a rare dinner out. They did not have money to spare, but it was their anniversary, and the closest restaurant was 30 miles from their tiny ranch. A deer jumped out of the wild sun flowers beside the road and took out their headlight and fender. It was ten at night. My Dad said it would be a shame to waste the meat, and besides it had ruined their car. He dumped what he thought was a carcass into the trunk, and headed for home. While he and my Mother were arguing the legal ethics, and I'm sure several issues, low and behold, the deer came to. My Mother, in later years would laugh until tears ran down her cheeks recounting the next twenty minutes. At the time I'm sure it was not so funny. The dust cloud caused by the deer kicking the back seat made visibility almost impossible. Their tired old Buick had spent it's career on dirt roads and had stored plenty of dust for this occasion. She was sure the animal would explode into the front seat at any moment. My Father refused to stop and let it out. He was used to seeing things through. Good or bad. Upon arriving home, Mom stormed into the house, leaving Dad alone to deal with the issue.. He opened the trunk and was flattened by the deer which then pounded him around for a bit, then the deer staggered off aways and stood still. It was obviously badly injured. Dad scratched his head, decided he should put the animal out of it's misery, limped into the house got his old Enfield 06, went back into the lists and killed the deer.

        While Dad was field dressing, out of the darkness walked an old sourdough neighbor, who opened up his knife and said " he knew that a shot from our house at that time of night would involve a story worth walking half a mile and three foot bridges to hear. He wasn't disappointed.

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        • #19
          Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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