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Coue's hunt. WTH??
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
GotBowAz 17-Dec-18
Bowboy 17-Dec-18
Trial153 17-Dec-18
GhostBird 17-Dec-18
dakotaduner 17-Dec-18
midwest 17-Dec-18
Treeline 17-Dec-18
GotBowAz 17-Dec-18
Southern draw 17-Dec-18
cervus 17-Dec-18
Bowfreak 17-Dec-18
Treeline 17-Dec-18
Snag 17-Dec-18
T Mac 17-Dec-18
SBH 17-Dec-18
Blacktail Bob 17-Dec-18
njbuck 17-Dec-18
Treeline 17-Dec-18
t-roy 17-Dec-18
GotBowAz 17-Dec-18
Z Barebow 17-Dec-18
Lee 17-Dec-18
Ken 17-Dec-18
Kurt 17-Dec-18
Gator 17-Dec-18
kota-man 17-Dec-18
SDHNTR(home) 17-Dec-18
orionsbrother 17-Dec-18
Scoot 17-Dec-18
SteveB 17-Dec-18
midwest 17-Dec-18
boothill 17-Dec-18
GotBowAz 17-Dec-18
Paul@thefort 17-Dec-18
Rocky D 17-Dec-18
GotBowAz 17-Dec-18
IdyllwildArcher 17-Dec-18
Paul@thefort 17-Dec-18
Fauntleroy 17-Dec-18
Empty Freezer 17-Dec-18
Ermine 17-Dec-18
BOWUNTR 17-Dec-18
APauls 17-Dec-18
t-roy 17-Dec-18
midwest 17-Dec-18
BOHNTR 17-Dec-18
Charlie Rehor 17-Dec-18
spike buck 17-Dec-18
Franklin 18-Dec-18
GotBowAz 18-Dec-18
Scar Finga 18-Dec-18
Scott/IL 22-Dec-18
hobbes 22-Dec-18
drycreek 22-Dec-18
From: GotBowAz
17-Dec-18

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Friday Dec 14th Coue's Solo pack hunt
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Friday Dec 14th Coue's Solo pack hunt
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Coues Camp Dec 2018
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Coues Camp Dec 2018
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Nasal cavity
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Nasal cavity
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Blowfly Larva?
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Blowfly Larva?
Please bear with me, im not much of a story teller but I thought this would be something to share and hear if anyone else had a similar experience. I will try to keep it short.

I went on a solo last minute backpack hunt for Coue's deer for opening day here last Friday. Long story short, I got the go ahead from work to have Friday vacation day and Saturday mandatory OT off. So on Wednesday night I threw my gear together and Thursday directly off of work I drove up into the mountains. By the time I hiked just over a mile in and gained 800 feet elevation to my camp spot it was well after dark. I got my camp set up and done with a mountain house for dinner it was just after 9pm. Temps the next morning were around 27 degrees. I was highly optimistic even though the sign was much less than I had seen in the past. By 7am I was in my tree stand, at 9am I saw movement down hill headed up in my direction about 80 yards out. I got my bow ready, and had the area previously ranged. He came through a 12 inch hole at 20 yards and I touched it off for a double lung pass-through. He jumped and went about 10 feet and stopped to look around, in the meantime blood was pumping out both sides like a faucet. He manage to walk with his head down another 25 yards and dropped dead. I had such an adrenalin rush I was afraid to exit the tree until I calmed down. One hour later I was on the ground. The point to this story isn't the hunt itself. Although this is by far my best Coues and a dream for me come true. However once I got the deer back to camp I decided against mounting it and going with a Euro so I removed the cape, as much meat as I could and the lower jaw bone. Some of my decision not to mount this guy was the cape was heavy and I knew I had at least 100 plus pounds to pack out. Thank god for trekking poles and being all down hill. Another reason, (most important) im planning a hunt in Alaska for Black tail in 2021 with my brother and need to save up for that hunt so im making a compromise to help keep the wife happy, (insert smiley face here) LOL. Anyway, when I removed the lower jaw bone I saw something up inside the nasal cavity move. On closer inspection I see these yellow worms up inside attached to the bone. I've seen these before, blow fly larva, or at least they look like them but never on or in a deer. I cant imagine what this poor buck must of been feeling nor imagine a blow fly going up his nose and laying eggs. Has anyone ever seen this before? I rarely make new posts and i have never shared more than one picture in a post. I will post/edit 4 pictures and hopefully be successful in getting them all here.

From: Bowboy
17-Dec-18
Very nice buck congrats!

From: Trial153
17-Dec-18
Well done.

From: GhostBird
17-Dec-18
Congratulations on the nice buck... not the worms. Good work.

From: dakotaduner
17-Dec-18
Congratulations on a great animal. My knowledge is zero on the larva thing.

From: midwest
17-Dec-18
Heck of a buck, Eric....congrats!

That is just crazy with the maggots!

From: Treeline
17-Dec-18
Great buck Eric!

Congratulations!

I have seen those in Coues in AZ and MX, as well as in SW Texas. They are a bot fly larvae and can be pretty gross looking but don’t appear to hurt the deer.

From: GotBowAz
17-Dec-18
Thanks Treeline, I had hoped i wasn't the only one to see that before. Bot fly larvae. cant imagine how it had to feel going up his nose! Thanks for the kind words guy's! My story probably doesn't express how really happy i am with this buck. Im still pinching myself, LOL

17-Dec-18
Congrats

From: cervus
17-Dec-18
Yes, those are nasal bots. They're very common in deer in the midwest also. They're just incidental other than they can be quite annoying to deer as you might imagine.

Nice buck!

From: Bowfreak
17-Dec-18
Awesome buck Eric. The larvae are not as awesome.

From: Treeline
17-Dec-18
Having those things crawling around in your nose has to be pretty crazy! I can not imagine how they put up with it!

From: Snag
17-Dec-18
Yummm, added protein

From: T Mac
17-Dec-18
Great buck and story thanks for sharing and congrats!

From: SBH
17-Dec-18
Great deer. Congrats!

17-Dec-18
Every buck I've killed has had them. Great buck, congratulations Eric.

From: njbuck
17-Dec-18
Great buck, congrats.

From: Treeline
17-Dec-18
Yea, my wife always comments that I am not allowed to bring Coues deer heads into the house until I’ve gotten all the worms out! Lol! Brought one into the garage once and set it on the floor and those grubs were crawling out all over. She kind of freaked out a little:-)

From: t-roy
17-Dec-18
Congrats on a great buck, Eric. Good luck on your blacktail trip as well!

From: GotBowAz
17-Dec-18
Thanks Bob, This is the first i've ever heard of them in deer but it good to know it's more common than I thought. I worked a couple dairy farms as a kid in Michigan. We had them in cattle nearly every time we butchered one. We had folks back there that ate the jaw/face meat in tamales and cow tongue. I hadn't seen this is 30 plus years and thought it was a back east thing.

From: Z Barebow
17-Dec-18
I'll bet they make good bait for ice fishing!

Congrats on the buck! That is a beautiful deer.

From: Lee
17-Dec-18
Nasal bots - you are correct on them being botfly larvae. I see them often - can you imagine how miserable that would be??!!

Great buck!

Lee

From: Ken
17-Dec-18
Very common in deer in Texas, especially further south in the state.

From: Kurt
17-Dec-18
Congrats on the great Coues!!!

We had bot flys on the dairy cows on Wisconsin when I was growing up. We'd sprinkle a commercial powder (rotenone from Watkins?) on their backs periodically that would kill the larva. Left untreated the cows would have big bumps o/in their backs at each larva. Nasty!

I've seen deer in AZ, both mule deer and Coues that had their ears loaded with ticks....doubt they could hear anything! My NV Desert sheep too.

From: Gator
17-Dec-18
Have seen these in south Texas whitetails as well. Great buck, congrats.

From: kota-man
17-Dec-18
Great buck...Gross naval cavity.

From: SDHNTR(home)
17-Dec-18
Beautiful buck! Congrats to you. I cannot say I have much experience, but on the two AZ course deer kills I have been a part of, one my own, one my buddy’s, they both had bot fly larva deep within their sinus passages. Must be pretty common. Very gross!

17-Dec-18
Great buck!

And bonus panfish bait!!

From: Scoot
17-Dec-18
I didn't know those nasty critters grew up there either, GotBow! Interesting...

Congrats on a great buck!

From: SteveB
17-Dec-18
Just gross. Congrats on a great buck!

From: midwest
17-Dec-18
Is anyone else's eyes watering and trying to clear your sinuses?

From: boothill
17-Dec-18
I had a small whitetail buck in October that I could hear before seeing normally. He would stop and blow and scratch his nose with a hoof about every 2 minutes. Wonder if that was the cause of his irritation.

From: GotBowAz
17-Dec-18

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Coues Buck Camp
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Coues Buck Camp
orionsbrother, ha ha ha that's funny, a touch gross but funny.

I liked this shot but I didn't realize the darn Gatorade fell out of my pack. Anyone know how to photo shop it out?

From: Paul@thefort
17-Dec-18
Hey Eric , that is a dandy Coues Buck. I will be heading down your way for the Jan. deer bow hunt on Dec.27th. Interesting concerning the larva. Of the 4 AZ coues bucks I have killed, I did not see any evidence of those but I will surely examine the next buck I kill.

Great story. my best, Paul

From: Rocky D
17-Dec-18
Nice buck, congrats!

From: GotBowAz
17-Dec-18
Thanks Paul,

Good luck on your hunt down here. I'll be trying once again in January to stick a Muley. Cant seem to seal the spot and stalk deal on them yet but im getting closer. Lots of doe eyeballs they are running around with that time of year. Looking forward to hearing your story. If you run across one of those bails again, i think they are legal in Colorado, LOL

17-Dec-18
Great buck, grats

From: Paul@thefort
17-Dec-18

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What bails??????????????????? OH that!

From: Fauntleroy
17-Dec-18
Great story about a killer buck, very well written. One of the things that stood out was the comment about both sides pumping blood like a faucet. Given the way things went with my buck this year I can understand the relief/joy of knowing you administered a clean kill. It's a strange dichotomy between us and the anti's. They see us enjoy those moments when we know we've done our job with near surgical precision, and label us bloodthirsty. What a shame. Glad you had such a great trip.

17-Dec-18
what kind of Teepee tent you got? Looks pretty roomy..

From: Ermine
17-Dec-18
Heck yea! Nice coues.

I’ve never seen those in deer. Had a bot fly under the skin of my dog once thou

From: BOWUNTR
17-Dec-18
Congratulations... great buck. I clean skulls, seen it many times in mule deer and coues whitetail. Hard to believe they can breathe... Ed F

From: APauls
17-Dec-18
Heckuva buck Congrats!!!

From: t-roy
17-Dec-18
Are those the new Block targets, Paul?!

From: midwest
17-Dec-18

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Here's a few videos you can enjoy while having dinner...

From: BOHNTR
17-Dec-18
I've seen them many times in a deer's nasal cavities.

17-Dec-18
I can honestly say I don’t usually explore the navel cavity!

From: spike buck
17-Dec-18
I watched a TV show, Monsters Inside, where Bot Fly's will lay their eggs in people while they are sleeping. Usually in warmer climates. Interesting show..... NICE BUCK!!!

From: Franklin
18-Dec-18
If you go to S. America you stand a good chance of getting them. You have to smother them with either duck tape or Vaseline until they poke their head out of the hole....then you can grab them. They put up quite a fight before coming out.

I have seen Bots in deer sinuses but not a herd like your deer....usually just one.

From: GotBowAz
18-Dec-18

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Empty Freezer, That is a Lux XP 1 person tent with 1 person screened in and bath floor. I have enough room to store most if not all of my gear inside out of the weather but not in my sleeping area. Love this tent. it's light, fights the wind off very well. I found in high winds it actually seals the outside shell to the ground on the side the wind is blowing against. It does not come with a center pole which makes it even lighter. I use one of my trekking poles as the center pitch. For solo back packing it's a great tent.

From: Scar Finga
18-Dec-18
Yep, Here in AZ that is very normal. Kind of freaks you out the first time or two. We had one buck that had a larvae the size of a large baby carrot in it's nose. That was interesting!

Beautiful Buck BTW, Congratulations!

From: Scott/IL
22-Dec-18
Great looking buck, congrats!

I’m ready to get back down after those Coues in a few weeks.

From: hobbes
22-Dec-18
Great buck, congrats!

Bot fly larvae as stated. Found them in nearly every deer brought in when I had the taxi shop in Southern IL. They are very common.

From: drycreek
22-Dec-18
Nice Coues buck G B A ! I'd just have to try and forget about the nasal bots.....

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