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#6497859 - 10/16/16 03:13 PM Roadkill...
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So i stumbled on a freshly road-killed otter today. What's the law regarding taking it? I see a LOT of stuff about it being illegal in Texas, but every discussion I see relates to DEER. I've seen people saying other animals or exotics are legal. Anyone know the facts?

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#6497861 - 10/16/16 03:16 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: rawToes]
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Not going to be legal, except for exotics maybe. Also for an otter it would require a CITES tag.


Edited by rexmitchell (10/16/16 03:16 PM)
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#6498077 - 10/16/16 05:59 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: rawToes]
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What you gonna do with it?

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#6498097 - 10/16/16 06:06 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: Roll-Tide]
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skin it of course. looked in great shape, just took a car to the head and landed on the roadside.

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#6498293 - 10/16/16 08:14 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: rawToes]
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Yeah, with no salvage permit, I think you would be out of luck.
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#6499322 - 10/17/16 02:07 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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I've never seen a Texas river otter, alive or dead, but there are some out there. Where was it?

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#6499329 - 10/17/16 02:12 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: rawToes]
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I saw one in the late 60's in a creek in DeWitt county.
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#6499493 - 10/17/16 04:05 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: Grosvenor]
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Originally Posted By: Grosvenor
I've never seen a Texas river otter, alive or dead, but there are some out there. Where was it?


I've seen a few on our place in East Texas. They are all over in that area.


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#6499564 - 10/17/16 04:45 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: rawToes]
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All over Lake Limestone. They steal fish out of your basket at night if you do not secure the lid.

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#6499628 - 10/17/16 05:40 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: rawToes]
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If you have a trappers license I don't know how anybody would know the difference.
If otters are legal to trap.

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#6499782 - 10/17/16 07:08 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: huntwest]
rawToes Offline
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Originally Posted By: huntwest
If you have a trappers license I don't know how anybody would know the difference.
If otters are legal to trap.


Actually, otters are fair game for recreational harvest by anyone with a TX hunting license. Standard legal means in addition to trapping. I just didn't know about this silly roadkill business.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/hunting/fur-bearing-animal-regulations/

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#6499899 - 10/17/16 08:28 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: rawToes]
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Originally Posted By: rawToes
Originally Posted By: huntwest
If you have a trappers license I don't know how anybody would know the difference.
If otters are legal to trap.


Actually, otters are fair game for recreational harvest by anyone with a TX hunting license. Standard legal means in addition to trapping. I just didn't know about this silly roadkill business.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/hunting/fur-bearing-animal-regulations/


Again it is going to need a CITES tag. Those can only be obtained for animals legally harvested. Roadkill won't be a legally harvested animal IMO.


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#6502433 - 10/19/16 11:34 AM Re: Roadkill... [Re: Grosvenor]
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Registered: 10/17/13
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Loc: Sugar Land, TX
Originally Posted By: Grosvenor
I've never seen a Texas river otter, alive or dead, but there are some out there. Where was it?


I have seen some in the Lake Somerville area.

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#6502541 - 10/19/16 12:37 PM Re: Roadkill... [Re: rexmitchell]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Originally Posted By: Grosvenor
I've never seen a Texas river otter, alive or dead, but there are some out there. Where was it?


I've seen a few on our place in East Texas. They are all over in that area.



Yes Sir, most rivers and some farm ponds here in Deep East Texas have them.
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#6505128 - 10/21/16 08:02 AM Re: Roadkill... [Re: rawToes]
DHS274 Offline
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You can call Game Warden or Sheriffs department and ask for permission to take it. Friend uses antlers and skins for crafts, he has gotten permission to take deer killed on the road before.

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