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  • #16
    To answer the question....NO you can not keep it by Texas Law.....
    The two loudest noises are a BANG when you thought there should be a CLICK and a CLICK when you thought there should be a BANG.

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    • #17
      For what its worth, Maryland law allows the striking driver to have first crack at the expired deer. However, a "car kill" possession tag must be issued for the expired deer as if one was stopped and not found to have the tag, hello large fines and a criminal record.

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      • #18
        Not at my agency, BUT... some agencies near us either at this time or in the past, were known to confiscate the fresh kill and return it to the jail where the trustees would dress the deer and serve/prepare it.

        You must notify local law enforcment so they get a Game Warden out there. I've heard of Wardens who will sometimes give it to the driver, but I'm not aware of any around here anymore.
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        • #19
          Not at my agency, BUT... some agencies near us either at this time or in the past, were known to confiscate the fresh kill and return it to the jail where the trustees would dress the deer and serve/prepare it.
          And as soon as the prisoners are smart enough to get together and say that the the meat gave them a bellyache, that really ignorant practice will stop. Depending on the size of the settlement the officer(s) that facilitated the incident may get involved too.
          You bet it has already happened.

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          • #20
            I have seen a Game Warden inspect a deer for injuries and give the deer and the proper tag to the vehicle owner. In instances where the deer runs into the side of the car and breaks it's neck and isn't run over and there are no internal injuries, the meet is usually perfectly fine. It's when the body gets damaged that you have to worry about getting sick from bowel contamination.

            But to answer your question, if you had been caught with it you would have been charged with "possession of a deer without a tag". That's what a Game Warden told me.

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