Kentucky Reminds Hunters to Dispose of Carcasses Properly

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With modern gun season opening statewide on Nov. 13, hunters must know the proper way to dispose of their deer carcass after processing.

Leaving the remains on the property where you harvested the deer is the best disposal method. If you are hunting on another person's property, ask the landowner where you can dispose of the deer's carcass and offer to bury it. Respect the landowner's wishes.

Deer hunters should never throw deer remains alongside the road or onto someone else's property without permission. "Disposing it on the side of the road is not a good idea, it is littering," said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "This practice makes hunters look bad. Nobody wants to see or smell a deer carcass. Be considerate of others."

Check local laws to see if you can dispose of the carcass through garbage collection. Some counties or municipalities allow it, some don't.

"Just because you’ve taken a deer, that doesn’t mean its over," Brunjes said. "Disposing of the carcass is part of the process of deer hunting."


jaybe's picture

This is an interesting

This is an interesting subject that I think I will pursue further in another post.

I have been on a shooting forum and the issue of field dressing deer came up. I was surprised to find that in some places (states?) it is considered "littering" to even gut a deer in the field. When a hunter shoots a deer, he takes it out of the field whole, or puts the entrails in a plastic bag and takes it out with him that way.

I always thought the term "field dressing" implied that it was done in the field. In my experience with deer hunting over 45 years, we have always gutted the deer where it fell (unless it was right in front of a stand, then it might be dragged off 100 yards or so), and the "gut pile" was just left there for scavengers to take care of - which they do very well. If you go into a store that sells T-shirts around the time of deer season, you will probably find at least one that says, "Happiness is a warm gut pile." That's not a shirt that everyone would want to wear, but it is an indication that leaving a gut pile in the woods is not a bad thing.

This article seems to imply that even more than the gut pile should be left in the woods/field. When they talk about a "carcass", I believe they are talking about the head, hide and skeletal remains of an animal. I'm not real sure, but I don't believe that is legal in Michigan. Of course, I realize that out west it is very common to bone out the animal where it lays. I think that is a practice that is not often done east of the Mississippi.