Episode 40: Road kill (deer in the woods, deer in the road)

By now you’ve heard of Farm to Table, but what about Road to Table?  I know what you’re thinking: Why on earth would I want to watch a video about Road Kill?  Well…why wouldn’t you?  How often is it that you get to see someone cut the loin out of a deer around the back of a Holiday station?  No really, this video is NOT very gruesome, it has some really beautiful winter scenery and some really poignant wisdom about hunting from my friend Mark Johnson at MDHA.  If you are going to watch an episode, this is the one to watch

14 responses to “Episode 40: Road kill (deer in the woods, deer in the road)”

  1. One of my favorite moments from the entire series: 7:57 "She's real nice…"

  2. Pretty funny that a Reinhart foodservice truck goes by right when you first look at the deer. Thanks for the sandwich suggestion, looks delicious!

  3. Laurie says:

    Well, not as bad as I thought it would be…..Good job….And I'm glad you didn't actually kill one…..it was hard to see the squirrels….
    Nice touch filming with the pretty snowfall, and the blood dripping off the license plate….. Did it actually taste good? You could have had someone confirm that…..(viewer left wondering) Good luck with your project, my suggestion is to learn to make Swedish Jellied Veal Sylta..http://content.lottieswanson.com/?q=node/33

  4. Kevin Obsatz says:

    Wow, this is one of my favorite episodes so far. Beautiful, with overtones of tragedy… I really think a roadkill harvest dinner could be interesting. Maybe if it's in a private residence and you make the guests sign release waivers…

  5. Liam says:

    This is a really beautiful…The sandwich at the end looks amazing. I would have never guessed it was made from road kill. Nice job.

  6. Kent says:

    Cool episode! Deer have been on my mind lately as well. I was hoping you would take that whole thing home 😉

  7. Evan says:


    Could you go over the legality of picking up roadkill in Minnesota? I know here in Wisconsin you are required to alert the local police, and they issue you a tag for the deer. As game animals are technically property of the State, you could be accused of poaching if you don't have permission for harvesting the animal.

  8. Daniel says:

    Evan, it is poaching if you don't claim it to the state, however, I was working with the guy who picks them up for the state, he was taking them to the wolf project, so it wasn't poaching. I think the law is pretty relaxed about it as they are generally happy to have people take the animals off the road.

    Kent – yes, I would have like to have taken the whole animal too. unfortunately I had a huge vegetarian dinner to prepare for and was feeling a bit stressed. The meat wasn't going to waste regardless.

    Laurie – jellied veal sure sounds interesting. i'll check it out.

    Kevin – Glad you like it, the music makes it particularly haunting. Road Kill dinner is in order for sure, i bet a few people would come.

  9. Kevin says:

    Interesting one. My french grandfather thought nothing of bringing road kill home. Seems crazily outside the norm now, but is truly more sensible than letting it go to waste, I suppose. Good on ya for trying it. Looked like a good age for meat quality.

    So where in Minnesota do you grow avocados? [just teasing]

  10. Lauren says:

    I love the quiet, matter-of-fact cadence of this video. Was that a deglaze with the garlic brine? I wouldn't have thought of that.

  11. Clare says:

    It was rather poignant seeing the young deer lying there like that, and to hear of the many others he finds every day. Getting hit by a car is a pretty horrible and violent way to die. Glad you could turn it into something good and life-sustaining.
    (p.s. I love this series, but the music is seriously way too loud. Sorry to nitpick. Great job, really!)

  12. Daniel Klein says:

    Lauren – thanks, yeah, the deglaze is with the garlic pickling liquid.

    Clare – sorry you found the music too loud, could you just turn down the volume (ha ha)? I'm assuming you mean that you couldn't hear some of the talking. I can only do what sounds good on my computer – have you had trouble with other episodes? Anyways, thanks for watching and for the comment, it is good that most of the deer have some use after their unfortunate collisions with humans.

  13. E Palmer says:

    Thought you might be interested to know that a new bill was introduced concerning 'road kill'…

    Dill introduced:
    H. F. 31, A bill for an act relating to natural resources; permitting a deer killed by motor vehicle to be kept by the driver; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 97A.502.

  14. Chelsey says:

    Fascinating. Can you tell me what the name of the song playing is, it’s beautiful.

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