Sure, the 12-point whitetail deer or 300-pound black bear you bagged while using a firearm or bow may qualify for Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young or Safari Club International’s record books, but what if you accidentally took it with your F-150 on Interstate 64?
Well, for one thing, you could forget about honoring the exceptional beast by recording its dimensions, weight or other vital statistics in a place where others could view and enjoy the information.
Until now, that is.
That’s because now there’s The Road Kill Record Book Club, the brainchild of a Wisconsin man who is quite serious about his venture.
“It is not their fault they were hit by a car or truck,” Web site creator Richard Sanders told Kevin Harter of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “They shouldn’t go unnoticed.”
Sanders said he came up with the idea after he discovered a huge road-killed black bear along the highway near Hudson, Wisc. He said it was larger than anything he or his hunting companions had ever taken, and he thought it deserved more than a trip to the landfill from the state road crew.
So Sanders, 60, created the Road Kill Record Book Club Web site, where, for a $10 registration fee, folks may enter animals ranging from big game to songbirds, and (literally) everything in between.
Now don’t think for even a minute that a record book dedicated to roadside carnage is lacking in scruples and ethics—not on your life!
Just take a gander at Road Kill Record Book Bylaw 101-B:
Only animals that have accidentally and legitimately been hit by motor vehicles, (cars, trucks, ATVs, SUVs, snowmobiles, motorhomes), that have passed before you are eligible for entry into the Road Kill Record Book. Intentional harvest of creatures by vehicle is strictly forbidden. Any violation of bylaw 101-B will result in the denial of all rights. All entries by the guilty party will be permanently withdrawn and all fees forfeited. Further, the guilty party will be banned for life from membership in the Road Kill Record Book Club.
As you might expect, Sanders’ idea is not being enthusiastically embraced by everyone in the hunting and outdoors community.
“I thought I had seen everything, but I hadn’t until now,” Lou Cornicelli, big-game program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources told the Pioneer-Press.
“I don’t see it serving a purpose, but if he wants to have a Web site for animals smacked by Buicks, more power to him,” Cornicelli said.