Deer Accidentally Killed/Injured by Motor Vehicles and
Methods other than Lawful Hunting
There is no limit to the number of deer that
may be possessed under these circumstances. No part of a deer so killed can be
bartered or sold. Except for law enforcement officers in the performance of
their duties, it is illegal to kill a deer:
- crippled by a
collision with a motor vehicle.
- crippled by methods other than lawful hunting unless
permission has been obtained from a Conservation Police Officer. Contact list of
officers by county.
The State of Illinois is absolved of any and
all liability associated with the handling or utilization of vehicle-killed
deer and deer killed by methods other than lawful hunting. Motorists are also
reminded to report deer-related traffic accidents to appropriate law
enforcement agencies when such reporting is required.
Collision with a motor vehicle
An Illinois resident/driver of a motor vehicle involved in a vehicle-deer
collision has priority in legally possessing white-tailed deer killed/injured
as a result of a collision with a motor vehicle. If the driver does not take
possession of the deer before leaving the collision scene, any citizen of
Illinois who is not delinquent in child support may possess and transport the
deer. Non-residents may not claim a road-killed deer. Individuals claiming such
a deer must report the possession within 24 hours through our Claim
a Road Kill or Salvage Deer form. This form is for reporting possession
of deer killed by vehicle collision only. Individuals without Internet access
can report such possession by calling 217-782-6431 no later than 4:30 PM the
next business day.
Killed/injured by methods other than lawful
hunting or a vehicle/deer accident
Any individual finding a dead or crippled
deer, other than those killed/injured in a vehicle/deer collision or legally
taken by hunting methods, may not transport said deer parts until permission is
obtained from a Conservation Police Officer. Permission will be granted if it
is determined that the person requesting possession did not illegally kill or
injure the deer. When retained, the head/antler and hide shall be properly
tagged with an irremovable tag obtained from a Conservation Police Officer.
These tags must remain attached as long as the head/antler or hide remains in
the green state, or while in a commercial manufacturing process.