Eating Roadkill is Now Legal in California

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On Sunday October 15th Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill No. 395 which allows people to take home animals they kill while operating a motor vehicle in California. This scenario is played out exactly in the memorable scene from the 1993 classic The Beverly Hillbillies:

Video by Darrel M

Senate Bill No. 395 is yet another push by California lawmakers to eliminate waste wherever possible. The bill states that “Each year it is estimated that over 20,000 deer alone are hit by motor vehicles on California’s roadways. This potentially translates into hundreds of thousands of pounds of healthy meat that could be used to feed those in need.” [Senate Bill No. 395 Section 2(b)]

While this bill may sound like a ridiculous joke at the surface, it is actually quite logical and a should eliminate a good amount of perfectly salvageable waste. “It is the intent of this act to make available to Californians tens of thousands of pounds of a healthy, wild, big game food source that currently is wasted each year following wildlife-vehicle collisions.” [Senate Bill No. 395 Section 2(a)]

This is only a test program by the state, but it seems like a good idea and one we fully support.

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Brien O'Brien

As the Food Editor and Co-Founder of Eating NorCal, Brien O'Brien is one of the most influential foodies in NorCal. After being named the "14th Best Home Cook in America" in 2017 by the FOX television show MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay, he moved to the Napa Valley where he spent a year and a half studying food and wine at the Culinary Institute of America. Now, he resides in the Farm to Fork Capital of America - Sacramento.


  1. Why do I get the feeling there will be some guys welding some extra heavy duty steel on the front of their lifted trucks now?

    1. To protect his truck from multiple damages…a buck totaled my daughters car….and she got no meat….
      Gotta do it…..but it will only be …..right place….right time….it’s not like the deer are just standing there waiting for you to plow into them…..

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