If you are going to participate in vulture culture it is so important to have a perfect road kill collection kit. Depending on how far along an animal is in the natural process of decay, road kill can smell pretty gnarly ... and carry diseases. So lets get to it. Here's a look at The Terrorium Shop's easy to assemble Road Kill Kit.
Be Aware of the Laws
When collecting road kill it is important to forage responsibly, that means being aware of your local laws. Check here for a list of illegal migratory birds and here for some info on collecting feathers. For big game you do not need tags to collect UNLESS you are collecting to eat the meat. Check out this article Westword did on collecting road kill meat. Colorado's Park and Wildlife always does appreciate a call when you do pick up a hit animal, and it can't hurt.
Now that we got the boring legal stuff out of the way lets dive into a quick and easy kit to keep in your car.
This goes without saying, animals can carry a lot of diseases. Choose disposable gloves over non-disposable and bio-degradable is always a plus. I love Green Dex, biodegradable gloves. They are inexpensive and environmentally friendly.
When looking for a cooler choose one that has an air tight seal, and one that can be cleaned out easily. You definitely are going to want to clean it out after each haul.You can find coolers at a variety of stores. Coolers are better than storage containers because if you find an animal that is fairly intact you may be able to salvage the pelt. Coolers will keep the overall temperature of your find down and extend the pelt life.
3. Plastic Roll
Here's where we get really Dexter. We tried paper in effort to be more sustainable but it just doesn't work. I suggest cleaning the plastic after each use to eliminate waste. Plastic allows you to wrap the animal up and transport it from location to cooler. If you can't fit the entire animal in your cooler, it also allows you to wrap it before taking what you can fit.
That's basically it, simple enough! If you are worried about smell you can keep a box of borax to sprinkle in your cooler after collection.
If you are interested in learning about processing we will be introducing an educational class on how to process foraged curiosities. Stay tuned for details :)