"As long as they're a
Ducharme said his department receives a report of a deer collision about six times annually, mostly around this time of year. Deer breeding season runs from October through early January, and during that time they are highly active and on the move.
New Hampshire Fish and Game policy requires a deer, moose or bear killed in a collision to be offered to the person driving the vehicle involved in the collision. After that, each individual jurisdiction sets its own policy on what to do with the carcass. A Fish and Game official also noted animals killed on New Hampshire roads can be claimed only by state residents to prevent potential spread of disease.
"I look at it this way," Terry said. "If the deer carcass sits on the side of the road, it creates coyote problems. I'd rather put it to good use."
Terry said he donates the meat to needy families and usually when a deer is involved in a roadkill incident, about half the meat can be salvaged.
"I process everything myself -- cut it up, skin it," said Terry, who describes himself as an avid sportsman. "In warmer months, you have to process them right away. Once the temperature gets down, you can let the carcass hang for about four days."
So far, Terry said, he's gotten his hands only on deer, but no bear or moose.
"If I get a call for a moose or bear I'll take it," he said. "Other than that, moose and bear are very far and few between. But they do happen."
According to statistics, an average deer can yield as much as 60 pounds of meat, a bear has about 100 pounds, and a moose can provide up to 350 pounds.
"The 'Brake for Moose' campaign has been having an effect," he said. "Also, the old salt licks, where moose used to congregate on the side of roads, are disappearing."
A program run by Fish and Game in conjunction with the
"It has an impact," he said. "Venison is especially popular, a real treat for clients. Last year, we got some moose meat, and as soon as it came in, out it went. We look forward to having it on our inventory list."
Wilson said all donated meat must first be processed by a
"Bear meat goes bad real quick," Wilson said.
Those interested in donating game, obtained as the result of a collision or hunting, are encouraged to call the
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