The Worst Thing About Being a Deer

The Worst Thing About Being a Deer

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Botflies infest deer during the hot summer months, but the fly larvae stay with them for a lot longer than that. (Deer & Deer Hunting)

What is the worst thing about being a white-tailed deer? Well, to me, it would have to include the infestation of external parasites, including ticks, screw-worms, mosquitoes and black flies.

But there’s one scourge that has got to really bother the whitetail: botfly larvae.

You have likely seen deer reacting to nasal bots in summer. The behavior is typical – running around wildly, swatting their noses, sneezing and even submerging their snouts in water and blowing profusely. It is all in vane.

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