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leaches in deer nasal cavity

I have harvested approximately 12 deer in SE GA and all but one or two had what looked like leaches in the sinus cavity where do they get them and what are they? Are the deer helthy to eat still

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Zack Doyle

Zack Doyle

What you might be seeing is nasal bot flies. They can be over an inch in length, but look more like a maggot than a leach. They are tan in color. There is a possibility it could be a specific species of leech that feeds from the mucosal membranes of mammals. I personally have never heard of that, but it is certainly a possibility.
John Jackson

John Jackson

I am certainly curious about them myself. I have run across something similar on squirrels in our area, especially near live stock areas. They would have these huge sores, usually on the back of their neck or center of their backs (where they couldn't reach). If you squeeze these sores, a worm will come out. We called them "wolves." Not sure why, it's just want someone else called them. I stopped squirrel hunting because of that parasite but have killed more than a few gray squirrels because I felt sorry for them seeing those sores on their backs.
seth baker

seth baker

Well google does know all they are both the cause of bot fly's interesting it looks nasty as hell though
Pat Herrington

Pat Herrington

The "wolves" will come out of the squirrels after the first good cold spell then they are ok to eat.
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