Department of Natural Resources
Roadkill salvage permits are free and can be obtained at Michigan.gov/RoadkillPermit.
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.
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
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:
NOTE: cub bear are prohibited from possession.
To keep a black bear after a motor vehicle collision you must:
NOTE: spotted fawn deer are prohibited from possession.
To keep a white-tailed deer after a motor vehicle collision you must: