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So pa opened squirrel season a lot earlier this year. I've been hunting squirrels 23 years and never knew they got bot flies.

I could have gone to the grave not knowing that and been okay.

I shot one today and found this.
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It exited the squirrel while I was watching. I took video, it was horrifying.

I'd rather gut ten deer than see that again.
 

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I've seen them with neglected horses and with abandoned cats
 
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I have heard about it but not seen it thankfully. Did you kill it with fire?

I thought the season for squirrels was 365 days/year.
 

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Growing up in West Virginia we were taught to always wait for the first freeze before squirrel hunting. The flys are common on any animal during the summers.



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I remember something similar about eating rabbits at only certain times of the year. I was just a small kid; so I don't recall the details. However, I do remember my Dad was adamant about it.
 

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I remember something similar about eating rabbits at only certain times of the year. I was just a small kid; so I don't recall the details. However, I do remember my Dad was adamant about it.
Tuleremia on rabbits. Evidenced by white spots on liver. ONLY hunt rabbits after a HARD FREEZE. Wear gloves when dressing (good idea any time) and discard rabbit if there are white spots on liver.

Last Bot fly I remember seeing was on Jackrabbits in Texas. Disgusting sight.
 

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It is disturbing when you shoot an animal and then find something like this.

A few years ago I shot a large black duck in the winter only to find it had something called rice breast. Yuck.
 

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Yeah, my dad called them "wobblers". Usually we would not hunt until Thanksgiving but I have seen them. One reason I never ate squirrel.
 

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JEEZE DUDE! Warning in thread title 1st - PLEASE!
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Here in VA, squirrels prior to thanksgiving almost always have bot fly larvae. Instead of "wobbles" as above, we call them "warbles".
 

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Growing up in West Virginia we were taught to always wait for the first freeze before squirrel hunting. The flys are common on any animal during the summers.
Same in GA. Squirrel season opened here 8/15 but if you shoot one now it is likely you will find one with a larve. The old timers around here called the 'wolves'.
 
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