Roadkill Salvage Permit

Salvage Instructions

  • The driver of the vehicle has first choice to take possession of the game. If the driver leaves it, another individual may take it for salvage.  

  • This permit does not apply to an individual who uses a motor vehicle to kill or injure game intentionally. 

Prohibited species 

The following game and protected species may NOT be picked up as roadkill salvage:  

Badger, bobcat, brant, coot, crow, cub bear, duck, eagles, elk, fisher, Florida gallinule, geese, hawks, marten, migratory birds, moose, otter, owls, snipe, sora rail, spotted fawn deer, Virginia rail, wild turkey, wolf, woodcock. Additional nongame animals are also prohibited.Page Break 

Species with or without a permit 

Beaver, coyote, fox, hare, Hungarian partridge, mink, muskrat, opossum, pheasant, quail, rabbit, raccoon, ruffed grouse, sharptailed grouse, skunk, squirrel, weasel, woodchuck. 

To keep one of the above listed species after a motor vehicle collision you must: 

  • Prepare a written record with all the following information: 
    • Date and time of possession 
    • Location of where possession occurred 
    • Type of game 
    • If a salvage tag was requested 
    • Full name (including middle initial), date of birth, mailing address, phone number, and driver license number.  
    • Intended purpose of game 
  • Keep the written record until a salvage tag is obtained OR until the game and its parts are consumed, decomposed or no longer possessed. 
  • Keep the written record and/or salvage tag at the location where the game or its pars are kept. 
  • Show the written record and/or salvage tag upon request of a Law Enforcement Officer. 

Black bear 

NOTE: cub bear are prohibited from possession. 

To keep a black bear after a motor vehicle collision you must: 

  • Obtain a salvage tag at Michigan.gov/RoadkillPermit. 
  • Immediately attach the salvage tag to the bear
    • If the bear will be used for consumption, taxidermy, tanning or other the salvage tag must stay on until the bear has been processed, butchered or delivered. 
    • If the bear will be used for bait the salvage tag may be removed, but must be shown to a Law Enforcement Officer upon request. 
  • Show the salvage tag upon request of a Law Enforcement Officer. 

White-tailed deer 

NOTE: spotted fawn deer are prohibited from possession. 

To keep a white-tailed deer after a motor vehicle collision you must: 

  • Obtain a salvage tag at Michigan.gov/RoadkillPermit. 
    • Immediately attach the salvage tag to the deer.  
      • If the white-tailed deer will be used for consumption, taxidermy, tanning or other the salvage tag must stay on until the bear has been processed, butchered or delivered. 
      • If the white-tailed deer will be used for bait the salvage tag may be removed, but must be shown to a Law Enforcement Officer upon request. 
    • Show the salvage tag upon request of a Law Enforcement Officer. 

-OR- 

  • Notify Department or Local Law Enforcement of intent to possess by telephone or website. 
    • All the following information must be included
      • Date and time of possession 
      • Location of where possession occurred 
      • Type of game 
      • If a salvage tag was requested (If requested, see #1) 
      • Full name (including middle initial), date of birth, mailing address, phone number, and driver license number.  
      • Intended purpose of game 

-OR- 

  • Call 9-1-1 to report the collision
    • You must state intent to possess. 
    • All the following information must be included: 
      • Date and time of possession 
      • Location of where possession occurred 
      • Type of game 
      • If a salvage tag was requested (If requested, see #1) 
      • Full name (including middle initial), date of birth, mailing address, phone number, and driver license number.  
      • Intended purpose of game