Another great hunt this morning. Pics of liver added

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by turkeyhunter91, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. turkeyhunter91

    turkeyhunter91 10 pointer

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    I ended up killing my limit. As i was skinning them a few of them had white blisters on there liver. Opening day I killed my limit at the same place and 1 had the same white spots. I have killed alot of squirrels over the years and these are the first ones I have ever saw with white blisters on them. Has anyone else seen them? I looked online and the most common thing is either from worms or tuleremia.
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  2. model70

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    Looks like a great hunt! Never seen the white blisters you speak of. That's a good lookin rifle, what is that if you don't mind me askin?
     
  3. turkeyhunter91

    turkeyhunter91 10 pointer

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    Thanks, the rifle is a Savage mk2, it is the first 17 mach 2 I have ever owned, it is my favorite squirrel gun.
     
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  4. HuntsItAll

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    A hunters paradise
    Nicely done!!!!
    Great shooting also!
     
  5. Gooch

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  6. davers

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    It sounds like Tularemia or "Rabbit Fever" to me. Very dangerous disease to come into contact with. Might want to see your Doctor, just in case.
     
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  7. bowhunter269

    bowhunter269 12 pointer

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    Seen it in a bunch of rabbits, but never a squirrel. Great shooting !!
     
  8. turkeyhunter91

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    Here is a pic of the liver. I kept them just incase and I talked to the biologist yesterday and sent him a pic. He said it could be from a worm. I don't remember what type it was off the top of my head. 20190926_125243-747x1328.jpg
     
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  9. RLWEBB

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    Cool thread. Good looking Savage as well.
     
  10. davers

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    I've also never seen it in all the Squirrels I've bagged but they can contract Tularemia, and Deer also.
     
  11. davers

    davers 12 pointer

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    I don't believe it's any type worm, flat or round, turkeyhunter91, and I don't believe Squirrels have heart warms either. I've seen this type liver, in one of my upper level Biology classes, and it was Tularemia.
     
  12. model70

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    Never noticed it in any I've killed. Will it hurt ya to eat the squirrel that had it?
     
  13. turkeyhunter91

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    Thank you for your help. I was planning on disposing of the squirrels. I read somewhere that animals with tuleremia need to be buried so nothing eats them.
    The place I killed these is the only place I have ever killed any with these spots, do you know what causes it or how it would be transferred? Thanks
     
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  14. davers

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    I noticed you mentioned that you bagged a few Squirrels with this liver condition. Sounds like an epidemic is in that particular area, and it can spread to other Squirrels. Humans can contract Tumermia through direct contact with a diseased game animal; that is why everyone should wear latex gloves when dressing game animals, even Deer. It is a bacterial disease that can be treated by antibiotics, and if you suddenly feel like something is coming on, please, go to your Doctor.
     
  15. turkeyhunter91

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    Ok thank you for the information. Some times I forget gloves but luckily I was wearing latex gloves when I skinned these.
     
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