Want some venison? Get on the deer kill list

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department has set up a list of residents who can be called when a deer is hit by a car or truck so they can pick up the freshly killed animal.

LaGrange County residents can apply to be on the deer list by contacting our Dispatch Center at (260) 463-7491 or sending a private message to its Facebook Page.

Applicants must be an Indiana resident, 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license or ID, and have access to a vehicle.

“Most of the deer activity, their general movement and the majority of deer kills on highways, is usually during that October, November, and December time period,” said Indiana Conservation Officer, Jake Carlile. “The primary purpose of the roadkill is to provide meat to families that may not have the ability to get it themselves.”

Carlile added that LaGrange and neighboring Steuben counties have two of the state’s highest population, based on county borders.

“There’s nothing unsafe about taking roadkill,” said Carlile.  “It’s just kind of has a social stigma that says, oh we don’t want to take something that was hit on the road, when in reality, the meat itself is perfectly good.”

The deer kill list is something that is done in many Indiana counties, according to Carlile.

The Clothes and Food Basket, a food pantry in LaGrange has gotten meat from the list in the past.

“When hamburger is costing four dollars a pound, and we’re serving 370 families a month, why not utilitize the deer meat. It’s really good for you,” Richard Yoder, president of the pantry’s board, told NewsChannel 15.

You must have a Deer Kill Permit issued by an Indiana Law Enforcement Officer before picking up the deer.

Anyone who wants to be included on the list we will need the following information: Name, address, phone number, and distance they are willing to travel in the county.

Yoder said the pantry got 652 pounds in donated deer meat in 2013.

Clothes and Food Basket is open 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.  It’s located at 201 N. Detroit Street in LaGrange. The phone number is 260-463-7974.

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