Q: If I hit a nice buck with my car, can I take its antlers?
A: The time of year is coming where deer will be more active, especially the bucks that have spent much of the summer growing antlers. This will result in more deer being hit by cars as the deer move about.
A driver that accidentally strikes a deer on the road and wishes to keep the deer and antlers can do so after being issued a possession permit by a state trooper, county sheriff’s deputy, police officer or conservation officer. Generally it is required that the permitted driver take the entire deer and not just the antlers and make use of or dispose of the other parts in a proper manner.
If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, call 911 or a non-emergency public safety dispatch number, and an officer will issue you a permit so you can remove the deer from the scene.