BOZEMAN, Mont. -

It's happened to most of us at least once, a deer runs into the road and before you can slam on your breaks it becomes road kill.

Now, a law would make it legal to take it home with you but...

"Making that law in effect here would mean putting guidelines into effect for the public," says FWP spokesperson Andrea Jones.

First rule? You can only take big game animals.

"Deer, elk, moose and antelope," says Jones.

That means no bears or rabbits, for example. Within 24 hours, you'll also need to secure a permit.

"You would need to present that carcass in its entirety to a peace officer to obtain a permit to possess that animal," Jones says.

That means taking it to your local FWP office or the police department. A hunting license won't work. You also can't use the animal for bait. The law requires the meat be used for human consumption.

"This is certainly not intended to be a situation where people speed up to hit an animal because it has a nice set of antlers," explains Jones.

That would be considered poaching.

Most of the folks I spoke to tell me they have no problem with drivers taking home road kill but, some say they're not on board with all of the regulations.

"Do I agree with them allowing people to do what they want with meat that would go to waste? Yeah. Do I agree with them adding a lot of regulations and bureaucratic steps to the process? No," says one Bozeman resident who asked not to be identified.

Eagle Spirit shares his sentiment.

"I don't think there should be any rule for that. It should be common sense," he says.

But folks like Victoria Van Besien says regulations will help to curb the number of folks trying to take advantage of the system but, it might be tough.

"It's one of those things that's hard to catch. You can only catch a small percentage of it so, don't kill animals that you don't need to but if it's an accident, might as well make it a happy accident," explains Van Besien.

Folks with FWP tell me they hope the comment period will raise issues they haven't yet considered.

The comment period closes August 23rd. The law is set to go into effect in November.