Beginning on January 1, 2019, salvaging deer and elk struck by vehicles is legal in Oregon.
within 5 business days have been waived with the exception of heads with antlers from male deer and male elk. (The requirement to surrender heads with antlers is in statute and cannot be waived by ODFW.) Roadkill permittees must call a local office to arrange surrendering antlers. Please call within 5 days of salvaging roadkill to make arrangements (though the actual surrender may occur after 5 days).
A free online application (available here) is required to receive your permit, and must be submitted within 24 hours of salvaging the deer or elk. Do not complete the online permit until you are actually salvaging an animal as specific information about location and time of salvage is required.
Below are the key regulations for salvaging roadkill when the law takes effect:
ODFW field offices for check-in of salvaged animal heads – PLEASE CALL TO MAKE APPOINTMENT – Salem Headquarters is not a field office.
|BAKER CITY||2995 Hughes Lane, Baker City, OR 97814||(541) 523-5832|
|BEND||61374 Parrell Road, Bend, OR 97702||(541) 388-6363|
|CENTRAL POINT||1495 Gregory Road, Central Point, OR 97502||(541) 826-8774|
|CHARLESTON||63538 Boat Basin Drive, PO Box 5003, Charleston, OR 97420||(541) 888-5515|
|CLACKAMAS||17330 SE Evelyn Street, Clackamas, OR 97015||(971) 673-6000|
|CORVALLIS (Adair office)||7118 NE Vandenberg Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97330-9446||(541) 757-4186|
|ENTERPRISE||65495 Alder Slope Road, Enterprise, OR 97828||(541) 426-3279|
|GOLD BEACH||29907 Airport Way, Gold Beach, OR 97444||(541) 247-7605|
|HEPPNER||54173 Hwy 74, Box 363, Heppner, OR 97836||(541) 676-5230|
|HINES||237 Hwy 20 South, PO Box 8, Hines, OR 97738||(541) 573-6582|
|JOHN DAY||305 N Canyon City Blvd. Canyon City, OR 97820||(541) 575-1167|
|KLAMATH FALLS||1850 Miller Island Road, West Klamath Falls, OR 97603||(541) 883-5732|
|LA GRANDE||107 20th Street, La Grande, OR 97850||(541) 963-2138|
|LAKEVIEW||18560 Roberta Rd, Lakeview, OR 97630||(541) 947-2950|
|NEWPORT||2040 SE Marine Science Drive Newport, OR 97365||(541) 867-4741|
|ONTARIO||3814 Clark Blvd., Ontario, OR 97914||(541) 889-6975|
|PENDLETON||73471 Mytinger Lane, Pendleton, OR 97801||(541) 276-2344|
|PRINEVILLE||2042 SE Paulina Highway Prineville, OR 97754||(541) 447-5111|
|ROSEBURG||4192 N Umpqua Hwy Roseburg, OR 97470||(541) 440-3353|
|SAUVIE ISLAND||18330 NW Sauvie Island Road Portland, OR 97231||(503) 621-3488|
|SPRINGFIELD||3150 East Main Street, Springfield, OR 97478||(541) 726-3515|
|SUMMER LAKE||53447 Hwy 31, Summer Lake, OR 97640||(541) 943-3324|
|THE DALLES||3701 West 13th, The Dalles, OR 97058||(541) 296-4628|
|TILLAMOOK||4907 3rd Street, Tillamook, OR 97141||(503) 842-2741|
Vehicle-wildlife collisions are most common during the months of October and November due to reduced daylight hours and greater movement of wildlife (especially deer) at this time of year. This ODOT-OSP-ODFW news release has some tips on how to avoid collisions with wildlife.
If you do hit and kill a large wild animal or see a dead one on the roadway, remove it to the side of the road if it is safe to do so. If this can’t be done safely, call 911. Position your vehicle in a safe way and turn on your hazard flashing lights to warn other motorists.
ODOT or county road maintenance crews are responsible for disposing of animals hit on roadways.
Note that only deer, elk and unprotected animals may be salvaged from roadways. It remains unlawful to salvage cougar, bear, pronghorn, bighorn sheep or Rocky Mountain goat. Unprotected wildlife includes coyotes, skunks, nutria, opossum, badgers, porcupines, and weasels; licensed furtakers may also take roadkilled wildlife classified as furbearers (bobcat, gray and red fox, marten, muskrat/mink, raccoon, river otter, beaver) at certain times of the year; check regulations for those dates.