Squirrel Bot Fly

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  1. Gonzoso

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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.
     
  2. pgg00

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    I've seen them with neglected horses and with abandoned cats
     
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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 spent a few months in Costa Rica and was told to bring petroleum jelly with me when in the field.
     
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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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    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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    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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    Only months with a R in them . I like Thanksgiving for a start . Old cracker rule.
     
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    JEEZE DUDE! Warning in thread title 1st - PLEASE!
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    So you decided to spread the love? Thanks a lot...
     
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    It's just bot flies, man...
     
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    The Food Chain encompasses all species.

    If this freaks you out, never Google Video "tapeworms ".
     
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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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    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'.