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#361242 - 08/23/07 01:29 PM Squirrel Wolves
10 Point

Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 2979
Loc: Wartburg, TN (Morgan Co)

When you shoot a squirrel with a wolve, do you still clean it, throw it away or give it to the dawgs?

Growing up squirrel hunting my papaw/dad always told me to throw them away, they are no good.

I question this last year. Last year I skinned one to find the meat was unharmed! the wolve only goes skin deep. does not effect the meat....

#361245 - 08/23/07 01:33 PM Re: Squirrel Wolves [Re: cruff10]
Hillbilly Hunter
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Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 18075
Loc: Branchville

It is a fly larve that hosts on the squirrel until it matures, then it leaves the squirrel. What type of insect....I don't know. I don't think it is any different than nasal worms in deer. They are harmless to the meat.
...they never call me by my name, just Hillbilly...

#361359 - 08/23/07 02:36 PM Re: Squirrel Wolves [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
TWRA Information Officer
10 Point

Registered: 11/25/02
Posts: 3819
Loc: Morristown, TN

Bot flies (Order Diptera, Family Cuterebridae) are large, stout bodied, hairy flies that resemble bumblebees. The botfly egg is deposited by a mosquito or sometimes by another insect. The larva grows in the host's body until it is fairly large. The botfly larva can easily be killed by taking away its air supply -- by putting vaseline or similar on the skin where the lump is, but then you still have to extract the larva. Adult botflies have nonfunctional mouthparts and do not feed. Larvae of this species parasitize wild and domestic rabbits. Females deposit their eggs in or near the entrance of their host's burrow. Bot fly larvae penetrate their host through the skin or natural body openings after hatching. The larvae form a tumor (called a warble) in the subdermal zones of their host and remain at this location until larval development is complete. Larval development varies among species, ranging from 20 to 60 days. Before pupating, the larvae leave the host's skin and drop to the soil.

Generally, the host is not severely damaged by this parasite. The majority of the injury occurs when the larvae exit the host through the warble. Parasitism by the botfly does not affect the edibility of the rabbit (assuming you eat rabbit), generally the area adjacent to the warble is trimmed away, and the rest of the rabbit is suitable to eat.

Is there such a thing as a human bot fly? Yes, we're sorry to say there is. Called the torsalo, Dermatobia hominis, occurs in Mexico and Central America. Fortunately, getting one is an extremely unlikely occurrence for the average visitor.

#361531 - 08/23/07 04:09 PM Re: Squirrel Wolves [Re: InfoMan]
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Registered: 11/19/99
Posts: 4106600
Loc: TN

I always just waited till a heavy frost before I started rabbit hunting to avoid them.
Never actually seen but a couple in squirrels.
Have to admit, I chunked 'em.
Youth is wasted on the young.

#361567 - 08/23/07 04:36 PM Re: Squirrel Wolves [Re: RUGER]
Anonymous TnDeer Old Timer

Info man you just never siece to amaze the even the shrewdess of poets with those big long distinguished tantalizing rants. You shoulda been a politician I think you could get elected.
#361646 - 08/23/07 05:32 PM Re: Squirrel Wolves [Re: ]
Carlos Viagra
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Registered: 11/20/04
Posts: 14240
Loc: Cumberland Plateau

My uncle and I always skinned the squirrels and ate them anyways.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

#361685 - 08/23/07 05:45 PM Re: Squirrel Wolves [Re: Carlos Viagra]
population control
10 Point

Registered: 09/18/06
Posts: 4901
Loc: down in the bottoms of t- coun...

i have chunked a few myself , just caint bring myself to eat it after i see that.
its about that time

#362293 - 08/23/07 09:53 PM Re: Squirrel Wolves [Re: population control]
10 Point

Registered: 08/15/07
Posts: 4102
Loc: Hardin, Co.

Good job InfoMan.
" Some localities are willing to work for their sport, and have plenty. Others are willing merely to take what comes easy, and have little or none." - Aldo Leopold

#362891 - 08/24/07 09:18 AM Re: Squirrel Wolves [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
Game Eye
14 Point

Registered: 08/06/00
Posts: 8394
Loc: Tennessee

I use to do quite a bit of cottontail hunting before my dog died on me. But I just couldn't make myself dress one with wolves, em things are nasty.
#363231 - 08/24/07 12:06 PM Re: Squirrel Wolves [Re: RUGER]
rack'em up
4 Point

Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 336
Loc: crossville

 Originally Posted By: RUGER
I always just waited till a heavy frost before I started rabbit hunting to avoid them.
Never actually seen but a couple in squirrels.
Have to admit, I chunked 'em.
thats exactly what i do i just dont like the thought of them wolfs
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