Be a Deer Spotter
You can help us keep the costs of operating as low as possible by joining us as a "Deer Spotter!"
With approval from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), we are allowed to "recycle" whitetail deer carcasses, the victims of vehicular accidents or hunters who failed to track their kill.
If you live in, and/or routinely drive a route within a 25 mile radius of Black Pine, we encourage you to download our Deer Spotter wallet-sized info card so that in the event you spot a deer carcass, you can call to notify us about the opportunity to assess it as feed for the carnivores.
Our typical daily cut-off for response to calls received is about 1:00 p.m. If we are notified of a carcass later than 1:00 p.m. the likelihood of pickup is lessened, due to limited resources and priorities. If a deer is on personal property, it is the property owner's responsibility to dispose of it. If the deer is lying on the berm of the road it is possible that local road maintenance crews responsible for the roadway might pick up if notified.
Deliveries of carcasses are also accepted at Black Pine. Please call 260-636-7383 ahead of attempting to make a delivery (we cannot guarantee we are available to accept unless notified).
We do have quality guidelines, and limited resources, so while we may not deem every carcass worthy of inspection or pickup, we appreciate every lead.
Call us at 260-636-7383 and press 0 to leave a message, 24 hours a day, seven days a week! This is the information we need:
Date and approximate time of death, if known.
Address, landmarks, location of carcass.
Your call back number.
Black Pine's quality control guidelines, what we assess and you may as well, are:
The carcass is not destroyed.
Eyes are not sunken, dry, or deteriorated.
Hair does not easily pull or fall out.
Carcass is not badly bloated.
Abdomen is not discolored (green to black).
No maggots are present; tissue has not been disturbed by native carnivores.
We are not obligated or responsible to pick up any carcasses.