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Author Topic: Run over a pheasant and you can't stop to pick it up, but apparently if you hit  (Read 7134 times)

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Run over a pheasant and you can't stop to pick it up, but apparently if you hit a deer you can pick it up.

This came up over dinner this evening where one friend said that only a person following the car that originally hit the pheasant can legally stop to pick up the pheasant.

But, hitting a deer is totally different.

Apart from a deer making a much bigger mess of your radiator or front wing, a totally different law applies to deer as road kill.

Hit a deer and (says friend at the dinner table this evening) you can simply reverse and put it in the boot straightaway and take it home and put it in the freezer. No problems with the law.

This strikes me as daffy. So two questions...

First, is there really a difference between rules of hitting game/road kill?

And, secondly, if true, why the difference?
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Apparently the deer will belong to the owner of the land it's on - so if you run over it it probably belongs to the council (although they are unlikely to want to prosecute you for theft.
Interesting discussion here:
http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31046
And the law is different north of the border with Scotland.

Things to bear in mind:
a) if it's not killed outright you'll be needing to call someone to put it out of its' misery humanely (try the police)
b) whatever happens, if the impact has burst internal organs the meat may not be all that good
c) you'll need a tow truck as your car is likely totalled

No idea why the rules are different, though.