If you find a dead deer in Ohio, you're more than welcome to reap the bounty of your score if you'd like. There's nothing like a little venison chili when it's this cold outside, so if you're not queasy about dressing the deer yourself, or if you know someone who'll do it for you, a free deer can be quite the find.
But please, you're not allowed to start carving the deer on the side of the road. No one wants to see that.
The Hudson Hub Times reports that one lady wasn't too clear on that last detail:
An officer on patrol on West Streetsboro Street near Heather Lane found a woman by the side of the road gutting a deer Dec. 27 at 11:37 p.m.
The officer saw a mini-van on the side of the road with its hazard lights flashing and suspected the vehicle was disabled, so he stopped to offer assistance, according to the report. He then saw the woman on the blind side of the vehicle gutting a deer carcass in the snow, according to the police report.
The 33-year-old female from Copley told the officer she saw the deer lying on the shoulder of the road and decided to stop for it. She then asked if she could have the carcass. The officer told her she could have the deer but would have to dress it somewhere else. She was issued a deer receipt and went on her way with the deer carcass.
Perhaps the cop would have let her go if she had offered him a prime cut.
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