Odd ordinances: Don't haul that buck

Odd ordinances: Don't haul that buck

Before I get to writing, I apologize in advance to any current or former resident of Wisconsin and native Wisconsinites. This is intended to be a fun blog post and not a knock on your state.

With that said, let's get to it.

This city of Champaign ordinance is not all that odd. Its purpose is clear: to protect residents from what a reasonable person could consider objectionable. The reason I bring this one up, though, is because it is in stark contrast to what I experienced while living in Wisconsin last fall.

According Ch. 7, Sec. 11(a), of the Champaign municipal code, it is illegal to haul, drag, transport, or otherwise move any dead animal in open view in a public place. "No person shall haul, drag, transport, or otherwise move any dead animal along or upon any street, alley or other public place within the City unless such dead animal is wholly covered so as to conceal the same from view."

OK. Fair enough.

What about my former place of residence in Manitowoc, Wis.? My quick search of its municipal code turned up no such ordinance.

Good thing, because hauling dead bucks during hunting season was clearly not a violation. I became accustomed to staring into the empty eyes of fallen deer who have found an unfortunate spot in the bed of the pickup truck on the interstate or sitting at the red light in front of me.

I bet the Manitowoc City Council would face opposition if they were ever to consider implementing such an ordinance. "How am I going to get my deer home in November?" is something I would expect a resident in camouflage pants and an orange vest to ask during a meeting (more disclaimer: not all people in Wisconsin wear camouflage pants and orange vests).

In Manitowoc, "You hit a deer with your car and kill it, you're welcome to pack it up and take it with you," quipped a friend who lives in Manitowoc (and if this Wisconsin State Journal Web post is any indication, it's maybe not even all that uncommon).

Just thought the contrast in local ordinances is interesting depending on the principles and habits of the people who live there. My point is that I'm sure Manitowoc (or any other place in the country) has ordinances about which Champaign residents would never give a thought, and vice versa.

I'm hoping this blog post can serve as a forum for comparing Champaign to other places readers have lived. Have you noticed any habitual differences between two residences? And for the record, keeping backyard chickens is OK in Manitowoc, but only with the permission of the police chief.

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