Is it legal to remove antlers from a road kill buck?

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by AR Coon Hunter, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. AR Coon Hunter

    AR Coon Hunter Super Member<br>2014-2015 Deer Hunting Contest Wi

    I know some do and some don't what's the official word on this?
  2. grits and gravy

    grits and gravy Well-Known Member

    15.03 ANTLER REQUIREMENTS 04-98 It is unlawful to remove the antlers from the carcass of a buck deer prior to checking the deer using an official wildlife check method. PENALTY: Class 1

    Straight from the agfc code book. If you want the antlers, legally you have to tag and check it.

  3. Hobbshunter

    Hobbshunter Well-Known Member

    Does that really apply to roadkill though?
  4. Delbert

    Delbert Well-Known Member

    I think its fine, one of the local game wardens and I have a race to see who gets the antlers first.

    But not in Texas is criminal.

    I picked up a road kill yesterday, it was crippled before being hit had part of a hoof missing and healed over. The antlers still have dried velvet on them.
  5. Deerinthawoods

    Deerinthawoods Well-Known Member

    A WO will issue you a transfer tag if YOU hit the deer. This will allow you to take it to a processor and do whatever you want with it. Not sure about a random one that someone did a hit and run on. I've seen a few missing their headgear on the side of the road though! I know for a fact that you can't remove antlers from a dead elk on the Buffalo!
  6. KemperCamper

    KemperCamper Select Member<br>2014-2015 Deer Hunting Contest W

    That does not apply to road kill deer

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  7. brushcreek

    brushcreek Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    you can't even take sheds off of federal land along the Buffalo
  8. grits and gravy

    grits and gravy Well-Known Member

    You say that it does not apply to roadkill, but there is not an exception written into the law. The roadkill excuse is what every poacher says when they get caught with several sets of freash antlers with no tags on them.
  9. Deerinthawoods

    Deerinthawoods Well-Known Member

    Learned that one the hard way. Luckily they ended up only issuing a warning. You can't even take a rock, a plant, nothing out of that park but the fish you catch and the game you harvest. You also can't use live bait unless it was obtained from within the park.
  10. big buck down

    big buck down Member<br>2012 Photo Contest Winner

    I stopped in December last year to pick up a fresh road kill for trapping purposes. County Sheriff pulled up and told me that legally I couldn't take it. He may wanted it or knew someone who did I don't know but I didn't argue...
  11. Hobbshunter

    Hobbshunter Well-Known Member

    I dont know for sure either way, but it just would seem ridiculous.
    I know when my dad hit a deer, he reported it to the police for insurance. They told him he could keep it, and the officer also mentioned that they had a list of families that would take the deer if we didnt want it.
  12. bloody acorns

    bloody acorns Well-Known Member

    Call and ask em I think they will let you have them - you dont check sheds when you pickem up either - I ran over one once called G and F - they told me I could have it - I declined told them someone else could pick it up - but it was still there the next day . I know others that have called them and they always let folks have em - better safe than sorry though
  13. Stigall

    Stigall Member<br>2017 Spring Turkey Contest Team Winner

    I picked up a big 9 one year in maumelle and just called game and fish and told them and they wrote me down on a list that it was roadkill and that was that till someone stole the antlers and meat from my ice chest that night!!!
  14. jdubb

    jdubb Well-Known Member

    I picked a roadkill deer in March. Just called AGFC, they took down my name and address and told me I was good to go.
  15. BowHunter21

    BowHunter21 Select Member<br>2015-16 Deer Hunting Contest Winn

    Everything is legal UNTIL you get caught! Saw them horns off quick

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  16. bhardy

    bhardy Well-Known Member

    Call the AGFC in Little Rock and tell them you found a fresh road killed deer and hate to see it go to waste.

    They will take your name and number, where it was killed, and tell you go ahead take it.
  17. Delbert

    Delbert Well-Known Member

    That is because the FEDS are invovled with the Buffalo, you cant pick up sheds or anything legally.
  18. John Stiles

    John Stiles Ultimate Member 2007 Team Turkey Contest Winner

    I generally pick up the parts of meat that are still good....don't much care about the antlers!:razz: