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Old 10-16-2007, 04:14 PM
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When I was young, my Dad an I went squirrel hunting a lot. The season typically opened around the 15th of September so we made quite a few hunts early in the fall.

A lot of the squirrels we shot had lumps under the skin and, when we dressed our game, an ugly gray worm would be found to be causing the lump. I asked my Dad what these worms were called and he said "wolves". I asked him why the squirrels we killed later in the season didn't have "wolves" and he said the frost killed them.

I've since learned these are the larvae of the bot fly. The larvae leave the squirrel and fall to the ground to complete their life cycle.

My question is - Has anybody else heard of these larvae refered to as "wolves"?

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oh yea...all the time.
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Old 10-16-2007, 04:38 PM
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A lot of people call them Wolf Worms.
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I always heard of them as "wolves" and don't hunt prior to first frost.
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"Wolves" is the only thing that I've ever heard them called.

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Old 10-16-2007, 06:16 PM
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thats what we always called em
still do
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:54 PM
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That's what I've always heard 'em called,too. They are delicious breaded and deep-fried to a crispy golden brown.
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:17 PM
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thats what my dad always called them.
shot one this past weekend with a big lump on its neck
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That's what I've always heard 'em called,too. They are delicious breaded and deep-fried to a crispy golden brown.
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:29 AM
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That's what I've always heard 'em called,too. They are delicious breaded and deep-fried to a crispy golden brown.
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm............
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:31 AM
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Actually they are Mc Maggots.
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never heard em called anything other than wolves
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:43 AM
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I did a little research there is an interesting article about this phenomenon at this link. I guess, technically, they're called "warbles".
http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek040915.html
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never heard em called anything other than wolves
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:14 PM
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yeah, that is what i have always heard them called.

kinda freaky, but i guess the squirrells don't mind.
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:43 PM
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That's why I don't like the season opening in August. Squirrells are full of wolves at this time, I seen one bowhunting a few weeks ago that had wolves. Most folks won't eat one that has wolves so it is thrown away.
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Must be an eastern thang cause I have never heard or seen such a thing on any squirrel I have ever killed
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:07 AM
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Yep, wolves is the most common name. Found in all kinds of animals, squirrels, rabbits, even large game such as deer and in livestock.
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:10 AM
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"Wolves" are what I've always heard them called.

I've been told that squirrels don't usually have them until about the first of September.

I killed a few during the first couple of weeks of the season that didn't have them, but I have seen wolves during the last few days on squirrels on my wife's birdfeeder.
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Yeah - I've seen em' - and that is what I have always heard them called - They make me want to gag.
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yeah, they are called wolves and like many people have said so far they are about as nasty lookin thing as you can find. i killed a squirrel in early season 4 years ago and went to clean it and almost ralphed.
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I always heard of them as "wolves" and don't hunt prior to first frost.
Same here.
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Dont let a bot fly bite ya, or you'll get one too.
Saw some guy on t.v. had one on his belly and tried to raise it. He eventually didnt have the stomache for it tho.
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:01 PM
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I always heard of them as "wolves" and don't hunt prior to first frost.
ditto.

Tell me the squirrels are safe to eat all you want to, I'm not eating them.

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I have heard of them. The first frost kills them off and then they are safe to eat. My husband won't even hunt them before frost b/c he says they still have wolves in them and you can't eat them. I don't know if you really can't eat them at that time, but I wouldn't want to!
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