PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — KDKA-AM street reporter Adam Kirk was literally outside of the KDKA studio building when a large deer jumped out in front of his car. While Adam was slightly bruised and his car damaged, the 8-point buck he hit didn’t fair as well.
“All I saw was a brown flash in front of me,” Kirk said. “The deer must have darted out and jumped into the road simultaneously as I was driving there.”
While it was an unfortunate situation, it did bring up the question of what you should do if you hit a deer, if you can claim it, and what you can do with it once it’s yours.
KDKA AM’s Larry Richert and John Shumway talk to Adam Kirk about the incident, as well as Russell Hoffman, a deputy wildlife conservation officer, and Kip Padgelek of Kip’s Processing of Carnegie, about what is the proper way to claim and process a deer hit by your car.
The deer was sent to Kip’s Meat Processing in Carnegie and Kirk will be allowed to keep the meat.
“But you have 24 hours to call the game commission, report it,” PA Game Commission Officer Gary Fujak said. “If you want to keep the deer, we’ll give you a permit number for it and we’ll let you have it rather than the meat go to waste. It won’t cost you a cent.”